Recommended by Nick Poingdestre – Finance Officer

THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN by Sparks

I make no apology for recommending another Sparks song. Being 40 years in the fan club comes with some obligations and so I must refer to the song that started it all off for me. The Mael brothers (Ron and Russell) had been so impressed with Donna Summer’s 1977 worldwide smash ‘I Feel Love’ that they teamed up with the producer Giorgio Moroder. The resulting album was ‘No.1 in Heaven’ and the three singles from it saw the band return to the Top of the Pops studio on several occasions in 1979 after a hiatus of 4 years. Sparks were at the vanguard of the synthesizer music that dominated pop music for most of the 1980s and led the way for artists like Soft Cell, Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys. People watching the video should be aware that there really is only one Ron Mael.