Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sparks Singer: ‘Wrong Elements’ Make New Country Rock Anthem

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bob Dylan once whined that the times were a’changin, but now here’s proof: The veteran electro-pop artists Sparks have a country-rock anthem that asks, “Baby Baby, Can I Invade Your Country?”

Sparks co-founder and lead singer Russell Mael stops short of calling the new “hyper-acoustic” ditty the band’s first protest song, but he doesn’t deny the sexual/political subtext of the tune, either.

Says Mael: “Of course, there’s the obvious connection between sex and war in the lyrics – and you’d have to be simple not to get it; but we also didn’t want to take sides, either.”

A sampling of the songs lyrics goes, Baby don’t let freedom fade.../ And oh, one more thing/ Baby can I invade your country.

Mael adds: “I just love how happy sounding the music is along with the dark undertones. It’s all the wrong elements coming together that make it right.”

The new song appears on the band’s latest album, Hello Young Lovers.

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