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Sparks Get Stop Motion Animated in the Elegant “Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)” Video

Hippopotamus Due Out September 8 via BMG

Aug 29, 2017
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Eccentric Los Angeles legends Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) are releasing a new album, Hippopotamus, on September 8 via BMG. Previously they shared a video for its title track, a video for another song from the album, "What the Hell Is It This Time?" (which posited that God gets a little tired of people over-praying to him all the time for trivial things), and the audio for "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)." Now "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)" has a video. Animator/puppeteer Joseph Wallace directed the beautiful stop motion video, which features animated versions of Ron and Russell Mael as they chase a colorful bird across Parisian rooftops. Watch it below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

Ron and Russell Mael issued this statement about the video: "Perfectly capturing the mood of the song 'Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me),' the video is also a rapturous work of art in its own right. Perhaps Sparks' best video ever."

The song is a tribute to the French cabaret singer, songwriter, and actress Edith Piaf, who was an icon in the 1940s and 1950s. She died at the relatively young age of 47 in 1963, after years of alcohol abuse and a series of car accidents.

Hippopotamus is Sparks' first studio album in eight years, since 2009's The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. Although in 2015 Sparks teamed up with Scotland's Franz Ferdinand as FFS and released their self-titled debut album.

Sparks Tour Dates:

International Tour Dates:

09/10 - Ateliér Babylon, Bratislava, Slovakia
09/11 - Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
09/12 - Columbia Theatre; Berlin, Germany
09/14 - Paard van Troje; Den Haag, Netherlands
09/15 - Den Atelier; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
09/16 - Ancienne Belgique; Brussels, Belgium
09/18 - Waterfront; Norwich, UK (SOLD OUT)
09/19 - Boiler Shop; Newcastle, UK
09/20 - Queens Hall; Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
09/22 - O2 Ritz; Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
09/23 - Rock City; Nottingham, UK
09/24 - O2 Institute 1; Digbeth, UK
09/26 - O2 Academy; Bristol, UK
09/27 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire; London, UK
09/28 - 02 Shepherds Bush Empire; London, UK
10/01 - La Gaîté Lyrique; Paris, France 

U.S. Tour Dates:

10/10 - Le Poisson Rouge; New York, NY
10/11 - Le Poisson Rouge; New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
10/14 - El Rey Theatre; Los Angeles, CA
10/15 - El Rey Theatre; Los Angeles, CA
10/17 - El Rey Theatre; Los Angeles, CA
10/20 - The Chapel; San Francisco, CA (7PM)
10/20 - The Chapel; San Francisco, CA (11:30PM) 

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