“Self Effacing” Sparks

"Self Effacing" by Sparks is Northern Transmissions 'Song of the Day'
"Self Effacing" Sparks

Sparks, the duo comprised of Ron and Russell Mael  have shared the single “Self-Effacing,” off their forthcoming release A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip. The album will be available on multiple formats including CD, picture disc, and cassette, via BMG on May 15th.

Sparks will go on a short  run of dates in October 2020, before an extended world tour in 2021. Also due to be released are the Sparks-written musical feature film Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and directed by Leos Carax (Holy Motors), and the currently-untitled Sparks documentary directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Spaced).

A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

All That
I’m Toast
Sainthood Is Not In Your Future
Pacific Standard Time
Stravinsky’s Only Hit
Left Out In The Cold
One For The Ages
Onomato Pia
The Existential Threat
Nothing Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light
Please Don’t Fuck Up My World

tour dates:

11 – Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller Music Hall
12 – Sweden, Stockholm, Cirkus
14 – Denmark, Copenhagen, The Koncerthuset
15 – Germany, Berlin, Metropol
17 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
18 – Belgium, Brussels, AB Flex
20 – France, Paris, Casino de Paris
21 – UK, London, Roundhouse
23 – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall
24 – UK, Glasgow, The Barrowland Ballroom
26 – UK, Belfast, Limelight Club
27 – IRE, Dublin, Vicar Street


I’m not the guy who says,
“I’m the guy”
Always been Self-Effacing

I’m in the room
You won’t see me soon
Always been Self-Effacing

Compliments come but
My rule of thumb is
Under duress say
All my success is
All due to them on
Them I depend
And I’m Self-Effacing
And I’m Self-Effacing

My resume is dull and it’s gray
Always been Self-Effacing
Want to be known as someone unknown
Always been Self-Effacing

Why can’t I pose, wear flashier clothes,
Inflate who I am, a little flim flam
Referring to me, I’m third person me
And I’m Self-Effacing, and I’m Self-Effacing

Thank you, but I don’t merit your praise
Thank you, but I don’t merit your gaze
Thank you, but I’m not up to the task
Thank you, but I don’t know why you’ve asked
And I’m Self-Effacing
And I’m Self-Effacing

Close to the vest is what I do best
They’ll attest, Self-Effacing
My DNA just won’t go away
I remain Self-Effacing
I don’t deserve
First, second, or third
A great deal less
I have to confess
My trophy room’s bare
But why should I care
And I’m Self-Effacing
And I’m Self-Effacing

Thank you, but I had help to prepare
Thank you, but I was told what to wear
Thank you, but Autotune has been used
Used and perhaps a trifle abused
And I’m Self-Effacing
And I’m Self-Effacing


Why can’t I preen, be part of the scene
Berate those around and act like the clown
Guest DJ a bit, sardonic in wit
‘Cause I’m Self-Effacing


It’s not a choice, I’m less a Rolls Royce
And more minivan, you do understand
We’re tight, me and you
See things as we do
We’re both Self-Effacing
And I’m Self-Effacing