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Sparks And Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places (France 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 22nd, 2015


A. Front

“Cool Places” is a song recorded by American duo Sparks in collaboration with Go-Go’s member Jane Wiedlin.

The song was released as the lead single for Sparks’s 1983 album In Outer Space. At the time Sparks were at their most popular in US, their two previous albums had dented the lower reaches of the Billboard 200 album chart. The single reached #49 on the Hot 100 in April 1983. The song’s success followed on from the success of their previous single and only other Hot 100 entry “I Predict”.

Sparks recorded “Lucky Me, Lucky You” with Jane Wiedlin for the same parent album. Jane Wiedlin also helped promote the album on tour and appeared at a few gigs to perform the duets.

The song is a bit of an anomaly in Sparks back catalogue, being one of the closest examples to a novelty song. Sparks have often been labelled a novelty act throughout their career. The song is at least representative of the style and content of their work in the mid eighties.

Wiedlin’s band, The Go-Go’s, performed the song on their 2006 tour, employing a more rock-driven style. The song continues to be a part of their live set.

Cool Places (Long Mix) 4:40
Engineer – Brian Reeves
Vocals – Jane Wiedlin

Sports 3:24
Engineer – Dan Lacksman

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 Cool Places U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #49
1983 Cool Places U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #13


Label: Underdog (5) ‎– 8245
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Country: France
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Producer, Written-By – Ron Mael, Russell Mael

Produced for Giorgio Moroder Enterprises Ltd.

Jane Wiedlin, courtesy of I.R.S. Records, Inc.

Special version from the LP “IN OUTER SPACE”

Find the 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Sparks And Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places (France 12″)”

  1. Harry Wave Says:

    thanks so very much!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Harry Wave :0


  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. I recently met Jane at a Howard Jones gig here in San Francisco. It was awesome. She’s lovely!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    That is so cool Omar you are a lucky guy 🙂


  3. Jeff Says:

    You’re kicking off the Memorial Day Weekend off right Paul! This is such a fine song and gives me many, many happy memories! This has got to be a week of HUGE 80’s Anthems and thank you so much for giving them all such a stellar representation of sound and artwork.

    Have an amazing weekend!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff have a safe holiday weekend 🙂


  4. Tim Hulsizer Says:

    Now THAT’S a 12-inch cover! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree it’s pretty awesome 🙂


  5. Ricki Says:

    Loooooove “Sports”!, I haven’t downloaded anything from your site for about a year and today I stop by and found my favorite Sparks song EVER!! thank you Paul , Thank you and more thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Nice to see you Ricki. Enjoy!


  6. Stefano Says:

    What a nice surprise! Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano 🙂


  7. Modernaire Says:

    Crazy! I heard this song in my local news station yesterday, a snippet going into commercials and I was like I haven’t heard this song in years and HERE it is! Cool! Thank you Paul!


  8. Dean Says:

    After “Vacation” and before “Talk Show” this was the greatest almost-Go-Go’s record. The 12″ version is a real score!


  9. Kirill Says:

    Hi, password is not working


  10. Jason Says:

    Looking forward to hearing this. Thank you Paul.


  11. Steven Says:

    Everything about this is Amazing!!


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