Sparks is one of those bands. My brother got me hooked on these guys in the early 70s. There are a handful of bands from which I'm guaranteed to buy the newest release as soon as it hits the shelves and I'm aware of it. Uriah Heep. J. Geils Band. New York Dolls. Angel City. And Sparks.
Sparks is the name that's been on that list the longest. From the very first time I heard Kimono My House and up through every subsequent (as well as the couple previous to Kimono) I've listened to their work and eagerly anticipated the next release. Though you can't really tell what the next release is going to sound like, one thing you can promise yourself is that it'll be interesting.
Music That You Can Dance To (aside from ending the title sentence with a preposition) is no exception. They're quirky, intelligent, witty, current (regardless of the decade you happen to be in).
With songs like "Rosebud," "Armies of the Night," "Shopping Mall of Love," "Modesty Plays" (a new version), and "Let's Get Funky" you're never at a loss for toe-tapping, brain-cell-stimulating, longevity-respecting, witticisms. More than once you'll find the corners of your mouth curling up as you think to yourself "Wow! I get it!"
The Mael brothers (Ron & Russell) have been putting out music for a long, long time. 40+ years, to be (kinda) exact. They've been on the list of my favorites for about 37 of those years and I really don't see them dropping off any time soon.