Propaganda (Sparks album)

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Propaganda - Sparks.jpg
Studio album by Sparks
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Glam rock, art rock
Length 33:41
Label Island
Producer Muff Winwood
Sparks chronology
Kimono My House
(1974)Kimono My House1974
Singles from Propaganda
  1. "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" b/w "Alabamy Right"
    Released: October 1974
  2. "Propaganda/At Home, At Work, At Play" b/w "Marry Me"
    Released: 1974 (FR)[1]
  3. "Something For The Girl With Everything" b/w "Marry Me"
    Released: January 1975
  4. "Achoo" b/w "Something For The Girl With Everything"
    Released: March 1975 (US)[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauC–[4]
Classic Rock8/10 stars[5]

Propaganda is the fourth album by the American rock group Sparks.


The album followed its predecessor Kimono My House by half a year and was a successful album in the UK and US. It reached #9 on the UK Album Chart[6][7](which would remain their second highest album chart position in the UK for nearly 43 years until pushed down into third place by Hippopotamus in 2017)[7] and #63 on the Billboard 200 (and remains their highest peak in that country).[8]

The singles "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" and "Something for the Girl with Everything", while not as successful as those from Kimono My House both reached the top twenty in the UK reaching number 13 and number 17 respectively.[6] In France, "At Home, At Work, At Play" together with "Propaganda" was released as a single instead of "Something for the Girl with Everything". In the US, "Achoo" was released as the album's only single.


Propaganda was re-issued and remastered by Island in 1994 and 2006. The first issue by the Island Masters subsidiary added the b-sides "Alabamy Right" and "Marry Me". The '21st Century Edition' also included an interview from Saturday Scene recorded in November 1974.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ron Mael; except where indicated.

Side one
1."Propaganda" 0:23
2."At Home, At Work, At Play" 3:06
3."Reinforcements"Ron and Russell Mael3:55
4."B.C." 2:13
5."Thanks But No Thanks"Ron and Russell Mael4:14
6."Don't Leave Me Alone with Her" 3:02
Side two
7."Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" 2:28
8."Something for the Girl with Everything" 2:17
9."Achoo" 3:34
10."Who Don't Like Kids" 3:37
11."Bon Voyage"Ron and Russell Mael4:52


  • Produced by Muff Winwood
  • Recording Engineers - Richard Digby-Smith, Robin Black and Bill Price
  • Remix Engineer - Bill Price
  • Concept and Photography - Monty Coles


  1. ^ "45cat - Sparks - Propaganda, At Home At Work At Play / Marry Me - Island - France - 6138 061". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  2. ^ "45cat - Sparks - Achoo / Something For The Girl With Everything - Island - USA - IS 023". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  3. ^ Propaganda (Review) at AllMusic. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "CG: Sparks". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  5. ^ Makowski, Peter (December 2006). "Still able to start a fire: Sparks Reissues". Classic Rock. p. 101. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Sparks". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  7. ^ a b Sparks on UK charts official website - select Albums tab for album statistics
  8. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard Albums - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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