‘Past Tense: The Best of Sparks’ includes some of the eccentric LA art-rockers’ most recent work from 2017’s critically-acclaimed Hippopotamus album, as well as stretching right back to their incomparable roots in the late-’60s. Curated, compiled and designed by the band’s sonic masterminds Ron and Russell Mael.

Track listing

Disc 1
Computer Girl
Wonder Girl
(No More) Mr. Nice Guys
Girl from Germany
Beaver O’Lindy
This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us
Amateur Hour
Here In Heaven
Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
Something for the Girl With Everything
Get in the Swing
In The Future
Looks, Looks, Looks
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Big Boy
I Bought The Mississippi River
Those Mysteries
Tryouts for the Human Race
Beat the Clock

Disc 2
The Number One Song in Heaven
When I’m With You
Tips for Teens
Funny Face
Angst in My Pants
I Predict
Sherlock Holmes
Cool Places (with Jane Wiedlin)
I Wish I Looked A Little Better
With All My Might
Music That You Can Dance To
So Important
Singing In The Shower (with Les Rita Mitsouko)
National Crime Awareness Week (Psycho Cut)
When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’
(When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing – Radio Edit
Let’s Go Surfing

Disc 3
Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat
The Calm Before The Storm
It’s A Knockoff
The Rhythm Thief
My Baby’s Taking Me Home
Suburban Homeboy
Dick Around
Islington N1
Good Morning
Lighten Up, Morrissey
Two Hands, One Mouth
Piss Off (Sparks original demo)
Johnny Delusional (FFS)
Missionary Position
Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
I Wish You Were Fun
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