Song of the Day #4,921: ‘The Number One Song in Heaven’ – Sparks

Like Todd Haynes, Edgar Wright is an idiosyncratic writer-director who released his first documentary this year. Unlike Haynes, Wright brought his trademark wit and visual ingenuity to the new project. The mind behind such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver and this year’s Last Night in Soho proved a perfect match for this material.

The movie in question is The Sparks Brothers, an in-depth look at the career of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, whose band Sparks has been a cult favorite for more than 50 years.

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Song of the Day #1,364: ‘Sparks’ – Coldplay

When Coldplay debuted in 2000, I had a far different image of them than I would several years later.

My first exposure was through the video for the band’s first U.S. single, ‘Yellow.’ In that clip, lead singer Chris Martin walks around on a dreary beach looking like a cross between a heroin addict and Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. At least that’s how I remember it.

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