Sparks: February 14, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall at UCLA

Set 1 (Exotic Creatures of the Deep):
Good Morning
Strange Animal
I Can't Believe That You Would Fall for All the Crap in This Song
Let the Monkey Drive
I've Never Been High
(She Got Me) Pregnant
Lighten Up, Morrissey
This Is the Renaissance
The Director Never Yelled 'Cut'

Set 2 (Kimono My House):
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us
Amateur Hour
Falling In Love With Myself Again
Here In Heaven
Thank God It's Not Christmas
Hasta Maņana Monsieur
Talent Is An Asset
In My Family
Lost And Found

At Home, At Work, At Play
No. 1 Song in Heaven
Mickey Mouse
When Do I Get To Sing My Way
Dick Around
Suburban Homeboy

Notes: No offense to anyone who might be, but I am not a Sparks fan. They're not bad, they're just not my cup of tea. Maybe that makes me lose Cool Points, but I'm sorry, they just don't do it for me. But I found myself in attendance at this show because I was doing Good Girlfriend Duty. My sweetie-at-the-time LOVED them and had never gotten to see them play live before and had no one else to go to the show with him. (They rarely perform in the United States. They're more popular in Europe and Japan, I think. It seems like most people here just aren't familiar with them.) I was just happy to see him so happy. He was pretty damn cute when he got giddy and excited about something. ;-) (Plus, I figured I could eventually get him to repay the favor and drag him along to a Neil Finn or Crowded House show sometime, but our relationship didn't last long enough to do that! :-P)

They played two of their albums in their entirety: Exotic Creatures of the Deep and Kimono My House. Then they did a third set of about 8 or 9 songs after that and encouraged people to get up off their butts and come closer to the stage. Even though I'm not and never will be a fan, I could see how the show would've been like heaven on earth for their fans.  It was long, covered a lot of material, and it was well-performed.

I haven't found a precise setlist for this show, so what's put together here are the two albums in their order, and the last 8 songs I found listed in a post on a Sparks discussion forum.

(May 13, 2010)


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