Sparks announce new album Hippopotamus, The Hippopotamus Tour (EU dates), plus share video for title track


Musical mavericks Sparks – Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael – will release their new studio album ‘Hippopotamus’ on September 8th 2017 on BMG, accompanied by the first European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour.

Recorded in Los Angeles, ‘Hippopotamus’ sees them take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous, fresh and idiosyncratically ‘Sparks’. Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock”, and internationally acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable. The title track, first played on BBC Radio 6 Music, was released as a single at midnight Friday 24th March after the band performed it, as well as 3 other songs from the album, in their set at the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow (watch HERE).


Watch the ‘Hippopotamus’ single video HERE:


Buy / stream the single HERE


Album tracklisting:


  1. Probably Nothing
    2. Missionary Position
    3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
    4. Scandinavian Design
    5. Giddy Giddy
    6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
    7. Unaware
    8. Hippopotamus
    9. Bummer
    10. I Wish You Were Fun
    11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
    12. When You’re A French Director (featuring Leos Carax)
    13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
    14. A Little Bit Like Fun
    15. Life With The Macbeths



Pre-order Hippopotamus album here:

Hippopotamus Store (D2C) link –


Sparks have announced the first run of European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour, with more dates to be added.

Monday 07 Aug                   Vega Theater, Copenhagen

Tuesday 08 Aug                   Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

Thursday 10 Aug                 Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday 12 Aug Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland

Monday 11 Sep                    Lucerna Music Bar, Prague

Tuesday 12 Sep                   Columbia Theatre, Berlin

Thursday 14 Sep Paard van Troje, Den Haag

Friday 15 Sep                       Den Atelier, Luxembourg

Saturday 16 Sep                   Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

Wednesday 20 Sep              Queens Hall, Edinburgh

Friday 22 Sep                       O2 Ritz, Manchester

Saturday 23 Sep                   Rock City, Nottingham

Sunday 24 Sep                      O2 Institute 1, Birmingham

Tuesday 26 Sep                   02 Academy, Bristol

Wednesday 27 Sep              O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Tickets pre-sale Wednesday 29th March, general on sale Friday 31st March

See for ticket details                                          @sparksofficial /sparksofficial

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