Sparks / Hippopotamus

Sparks will release a new album, Hippopotamus, in September.

The title track of Ron and Russell Mael’s 23rd studio album is the first single and a video has been made available (see below).

The album will be issued on CD and 2LP vinyl with various bundles and signed editions available from the band’s official store.

A European tour kicks off in August, with Sparks playing UK dates in late September. Hippopotamus will be released on 8 September 2017.

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Hippotamus CD edition

Shop Price GBP Stock
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 17.05
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.99
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.92
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.99

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Hippotamus 2LP vinyl

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Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 25.18
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.99
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 21.54
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.99

Hippopotamus – CD Edition

1. Probably Nothing
2. Missionary Position
3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
4. Scandinavian Design
5. Giddy Giddy
6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
7. Unaware
8. Hippopotamus
9. Bummer
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You’re A French Director
13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Macbeths

Hippopotamus 2LP vinyl

LP 1
1. Probably Nothing
2. Missionary Position
3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
4. Scandinavian Design
5. Giddy Giddy
6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
7. Unaware

LP 2
1. Hippopotamus
2. Bummer
3. I Wish You Were Fun
4. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
5. When You’re A French Director
6. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
7. 7 . A Little Bit Like Fun
8. Life With The Macbeths

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43 responses to Sparks / Hippopotamus

  1. Torsten says:

    I love the cover art!

  2. Ollie Carlisle says:

    Brilliant band. They were excellent on the tv coverage of the 6Music festival last Friday and did a few of these songs then (all of which sounded superb). UK folks can watch it here…

  3. cal says:

    wow…..only Sparks could create a song about a hippopotamous in a pool !

  4. daveid76 says:

    Track 11 has the best song title since Meat Loaf’s “Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back”

  5. Trash says:

    Love the artwork too. Reminds me of Indiscreet and Propaganda.

    Liking the song too – typically Sparks-esque lyrics and “There’s a Hippopotamus in my pool” has to be one of the best opening lines ever!

  6. adam shaw says:

    How can we get that song to No 1 ?
    Best thing I’ve heard for ages .


      They’d probably have to be booked onto Pop Idol or whatever will be filling Saturday and Sunday schedules around September… Which is a shame obviously.
      Anyone else think that the hippo looks very “Moomin”-like…?
      Fabulous – they were fabulous in the 70’s, fabulous in the 80’s, fabulous in the 90’s, fabulous in the 00’s and absolutely fabulous now, but SO underrated!

  7. Philip says:

    Looks great. was hoping there’d be a live release from the FFS tour, but seemingly not yet….

  8. edward says:

    I couldn’t be more excited about this release! I pre ordered a bundle via there website which I thought was very reasonably priced

  9. Fred says:

    Sparks is the Best…so far à release in september and already in preorder !!!

  10. seikotsi says:

    Not that interested in the music, but fantastic artwork!

  11. whatprogress says:

    Effing brilliant, both single and cover art.

  12. Alexander says:

    Love the band but prefer the earlier albums like Kimono my house or No.1 in heaven

  13. oneworld says:

    Totaly agree with the above comment that great artwork is similar in creative design as Indiscreet and Properganda LPs from their brilliant Island Records era.

  14. Marc Valiente says:

    Oh yes!! I love these guys! Album preordered!!

  15. Simon says:

    Brilliant single.

  16. Phil H. says:

    great cover concept. not too impressed with the photoshopped hippo though.

  17. tom says:

    That is how you produce cover art ; not a five minute, will this do?, mess around on a laptop.

  18. Larry Davis says:

    Yes, brilliant band, so fun…and agreed on the hilarious cover art, songs and titles…the album title makes me think they considered “Rhino”, but “Hippopotamus” just sounds more ridiculous, making it more memorable…maybe they heard that Xmas song?? That new upcoming Kasabian album (in September) made a similar impression…no mention of that yet, Paul??

  19. Novelty single of the year contender. What I heard of They Might Be Giants sounded like this band.

  20. Peter Muscutt says:

    Does anyone know what is on the 7″ for the first 1000 orders? I got the CD/T-shirt bundle which said on the order that the 7″ would be included, but wasn’t obvious what songs were on it? I presumed it would be the single of ‘Hippopotamus’ but not sure….anyone got any idea?

    I’m a bit of a latecomer to Sparks, I got interested through the F.F.S. album, but am now investigating the back catalogue!

  21. don cooper says:

    May have told before, but friend’s miss-heard album title back in Seventies: “Come On Over To My Lighthouse.”
    Always be a special album.

  22. Peter Anderson says:

    Worth buying on vinyl for the cover art alone – has a definite Hippognosis look about it although Storm would definitely have taken a genuine Hippo in pool shot!

    • Trash says:

      I think these days putting a Hippo in a pool would be considered to be contravening the hippos rights (unless it managed to negotiate a suitable level of royalties).

      • CJ Feeney says:

        It’s a little known fact about hippos that as soon as they get into fresh water they do a c**p to mark their territory. So I guess the cover artist had the options of photoshopping IN a Hippo or photoshopping OUT a whole load of c**p.

  23. Michael McA says:

    Sparks? Best band ever. Kimono My House? Best album ever. No arguments. Can’t wait for Hippopotamus.

  24. andres says:

    Well, they certainly know how to name a song.

  25. Richard says:

    Michael McA. Indiscreet is better than Kimono IMHO and is in fact the greatest work of art ever in the entire history of the universe.

    • Trash says:

      I have to admit that, despite the pop-excellence that is Kimono, Indiscreet is my preferred album of their earlier work. Tracks like “Under the Table with Her”, “Hospitality on Parade” and “Without Using Hands” and “Get in the Swing” really show off the breadth and humour in the Sparks world.
      Just wonderful…

  26. elliott buckingham says:

    the song is just awful. I remember onle ever liking 1 song by the sparks because it was normal think it was 90s when do I get to sing my way or something like that

    • Gareth says:

      Interesting view. I mean you’re entitled to think it’s awful of course. But the reason you liked only one song by them was because it was “normal”. So that indicates that any song that’s abnormal, that’s unusual, that’s a bit strange, a bit odd, a bit quirky and a bit different is instantly dismissed as awful?? Well keep enjoying your “normal” music. James Blunt has a new album out y’know.

      • Trash says:

        Indeed the thing that makes Sparks so individual is their quirkiness. I’d grab a Sparks song over pretty much everything that is in the charts right now (No I’m not an Ed Sheeran or an Adele fan…).

  27. R.M. says:

    The photoshopped Hippo is very much in keeping with Sparks tradition.
    I mean, Indiscreet is obviously a studio shot with a fake background.

  28. I Byrne says:

    Haran and Leon are MEGA xx

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