From The Vault: Sparks (1983)   4 comments

In 1983, Sparks was HOT in Los Angeles. They were a great, theatrical pop act that was very popular with Magic Mountain’s teen audience. I think they played the park 4 times in 18 months, and were very successful at each appearance. Hot, hot, hot.

Sparks had some hits internationally, and certainly had regional hits on KROQ, but never had the breakthrough chart success in the whole country that they had in Southern California.

And just in case you don’t remember the ’80s – if you don’t remember MTV playing music – then watch the video below. These are UCLA graduates, making art. In the ’80s.


Sparks’ website:

Wikipedia: Sparks

Cult of Jef: The Story Behind “Cool Places” by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin

Posted July 19, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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  3. I saw Sparks at Magic Mtn around Halloween 1983. I had just turned 15. I can’t believe you have photos! I remember a girl in front of me fainting over Russell. I would pay $$ for Sparks live 1982/3 video –

  4. Thanks for these! I was at all of the MM shows but only have candids. These are wonderful ♥️ There is a combo cd on Amazon of half Whiskey show/Magic Mountain show called Left Coast Angst

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