In Outer Space

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In Outer Space
In Outer Space - Sparks.jpg
Studio album by Sparks
Released April 1983
Recorded Synsound Studios, Brussels, Belgium
Length 36:37
Label Atlantic
Sparks chronology
Angst in My Pants
(1982)Angst in My Pants1982
In Outer Space
Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
(1984)Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat1984
Singles from In Outer Space
  1. "Cool Places" b/w "Sports"
    Released: March 1983
  2. "All You Ever Think About Is Sex" b/w "Dance Godammit"
    Released: July 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Mark Prindle6/10 stars[2]

In Outer Space is the twelfth studio album by American pop band Sparks, released in April 1983 by Atlantic Records. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks self-produced the album.


In Outer Space became one of Sparks' most successful albums in the U.S. It peaked at No. 88 on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[1] and built upon the success of the band's previous two albums. In France, the non-album single "Modesty Plays" (originally conceived for the TV series Modesty Blaise) was added and included as the final track).

"Cool Places" was released as the first single from the album and it reached No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song was a duet with the Go-Go's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Jane Wiedlin. Wiedlin's band were very popular, and her input gave exposure to the single, which led it to become Sparks' biggest hit in the US. "Cool Places" was extended for 12", and both formats were backed with the non-album track "Sports". The single also became the first of many entries for the band on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart; where it peaked at No. 13.

"All You Ever Think About Is Sex" was remixed and released as the follow-up single, but it did not chart. An extended mix was also produced and it was backed with a remixed version of the album track; "Dance Godammit" on both 7" and 12" formats.

Neither the album or the accompanying singles were successful in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Side one
1."Cool Places"3:23
3."Prayin' for a Party"2:59
4."All You Ever Think About Is Sex"4:09
5."Please Baby Please"3:42
Side two
6."Rockin' Girls"4:42
7."I Wish I Looked a Little Better"2:58
8."Lucky Me, Lucky You"3:26
9."A Fun Bunch of Guys from Outer Space"4:00
10."Dance Godammit"3:26
11."Modesty Plays" (French editions only)3:47


Credits are adapted from the In Outer Space liner notes.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d AllMusic review
  2. ^ Mark Prindle review
  3. ^ In Outer Space (CD booklet). Sparks. Atlantic Records. 1983. 

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