Itâ€™s been some time since we last did this, so weâ€™re about due for another Lost B-sides Week here at LIT80s, arenâ€™t we? All this week, weâ€™ll feature b-sides to some famous and not-so-famous singles that for the most part have yet to make it to CD.
Kicking the week off is a long-time LIT80s fave, Sparks. Weâ€™ve talked about Sparks a bit here and here. The Brothers Mael had been recording for more than ten years by the time they got their American breakthrough with â€œCool Placesâ€, a duet with the Go-Goâ€™s Jane Weidlin featured on their 1983 (the Best Year for Music Ever!) album, Sparks In Outer Space. The singleâ€™s b-side, â€Sportsâ€, is another fun romp that wouldnâ€™t have been out of place on the already short LP. In fact, it sounds a bit too close to other songs on Outer Space, especially â€œPopularityâ€, which may account for its flip-sided fate.
Oglio Records issued Outer Space on CD for the first time in the mid-90s, but left â€œSportsâ€ off, so itâ€™s remained a forgotten Sparks artifact. The band and Island Records have been slowly re-mastering and reissuing their catalog, but since their 80s output remains in the hands of Atlantic Records, itâ€™s tough to tell when and if Outer Space and â€œSportsâ€ will ever make it to CD.
â€Sportsâ€ was the b-side of the â€œCool Placesâ€ single and 12â€.
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