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IN 2012, art-pop livewires Sparks embarked on a tour entitled Two Hands, One Mouth.
The gunshot in "This Town..." ricocheted from speaker to speaker, "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" was transformed into a huge slice of ambient trance, and Russell Mael's falsetto was as malleable as ever (no chickening-out of the high notes, here).
Every now and then, they'd intersperse songs with brief slices of surrealist theatre from Ron, and thus a gig became a show.
As we looked expectantly at a stage dominated by giant white balloons, a spontaneous chant of "we want Ron! The Ron in question was keyboard-player Ron Mael, former model, brother of singer Russell, and writer of Sparks' memorable 1974 hit "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us." These days, his trademark moustache has been reduced to what looks like a sliver of Etch-A-Sketch filings, but he still has the aura of a friendly Fuhrer.
The songs he wrote 35-odd years ago felt spookily prescient of so much subsequent "outsider rock", and Here in Heaven - about a guy whose gal reneges on their suicide pact - had all the bouncy energy of Pulp or the Kaiser Chiefs.