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The story behind This Spark

Here Mike Turner shares his memories of writing and recording This Spark…

I’d been in the zone of writing uptempo, fuzzed up, crunchy pop songs.  The snappier the better.  It needed a strong hook for the chorus, some nice harmonies,  oh and it needed to be about boy meets girl!  This Spark was born.

I can’t remember where the title came from, but the lyrics were fairly autobiographical.  Like so many of my songs the sentiment is one of reassurance, that no matter what is going on in your life, it’ll all be ok.  You’ll be ok.  The song is about how love can redeem you, can see you through.

When starting to rehearse it with the band we added the stop start arrangement in the first verse.  We laughed so hard!  Carl was being a joker and he couldn’t help himself adding in this cliched part.  It reminded me of the kind of thing The Cars would do.  Or maybe done hair metal band.  It was so obvious but so good.  So pop, it had to stay in.

When we came to record it s couple of years later I’d been left alone in the studio recording vocals when I got a bit carried away in the outro.  I kept adding harmonies, and then some more.  Before then the outro was just guitar based riffing, now it burst into life.  I was thinking Ben Folds meets Teenage Fanclub on a Mountain top with blue skies and s wRm breeze.  More pop!  More Melody!

This Spark lyrics

Honey,
When we see eye to eye
This is amazing
I know it’s not everyday
But we’re the same thing

We’ve got to see
When we’re together
We’re fineI’ll be your guide
Will you be mine?

Taking some time
Since I first set eyes on
You were alone and I was surprise
That you caught me up in such a strong addiction
Beautiful sensation

In dark, console me
This Spark, controls me
In a life, outta sight
In a life.
In time, you stole me

This Spark, controls me
In a life, outta sight
In a life.

Since distance,
It never came between us
Satellite, an electric line between us
I’ve gotta step back
Into the light

Now we’re standing on the edge of forever and some
Raise a glass, take my hand
We can weather the storm
We’ve gotta get up, get up, get up, get up
And gather the day

In dark, console me
This Spark, controls me
In a life, outta sight
In a life.

In time, you stole me
This Spark, controls me
In a life, outta sight
In a life.

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Andy F

Someone gave you a plug on a Fountains of Wayne page on FB, and you can see why. Anyone who rates Welcome Interstate Managers as an album is just going to love This Spark. It’s perfect power pop. Tune!

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    admin

    Thanks Andy! We really appreciate it!

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    Awesome! Thanks, Andy!

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Michael J Raleigh

That’s exactly what I thought!! These guys are a more sincere version of Fountains of Wayne!! Early favs from the album are the For-no-one-esque “Dear Rosa” and “Long Live Memory Lane”…keep up the sweet jams!

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    That’s great! Thank you, Michael.

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