By Michael Keefe
The brother team of keyboardist/composer Ron and singer Russell Mael have been performing as Sparks for the better part of four decades. Over that time, their band has seen many line-up changes, stylistic progressions, and peaks and valleys in popularity, but the Maels' artistic vision has held strong, leading them to a long career as cult level pop stars. Sparks have also enjoyed their share of chart success, placing albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, '80s, and 2000s.
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