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In, Through, and Beyond

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In, Through, and Beyond, the debut effort by L.A.'s Sparkle*Jets U.K., was the irreverent antidote to snoringly classicist late-'90s power pop acts. While Sparkle*Jets are a power pop band by virtue of their influences, they steer clear of clichés and remember that pop music is fun by design. While many modern pop revivalists play guitar pop like it belongs in a museum, Sparkle*Jets rock with abandon through these 15 tracks, smirking all the while. Sure, the songs can be goofy; there's a song about "Surfing Monkeys," and "Oh Poor Me" is more or less the female answer to the Smiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma," in which the girl doesn't mind that her narcissistic boyfriend dies in a fiery car wreck while trying to change CDs. And it doesn't stop there -- "My Internet Love Song (To You)," which crams computer jargon into a bouncy love song, is easily one of the most clever geek rock anthems ever written. Sure, the album sags a little toward the end, but the humor doesn't wear thin after a few listens because the hooks are strong and the two frontpersons are appealing. Mike Simmons and Susan West are like polar opposites -- Simmons' boyish, innocent voice provides the ideal backdrop for the album's more typically power poppy moments, while West is a little more prone to let loose with her very rock & roll set of pipes. The end result is a relentlessly energetic, delightfully cheery, and thoroughly entertaining debut record. - Jason Damas (AllMusic Guide)

In, Through, and Beyond, the debut effort by L.A.'s Sparkle*Jets U.K., was the irreverent antidote to snoringly classicist late-'90s power pop acts. While Sparkle*Jets are a power pop band by virtue of their influences, they steer clear of clichés and remember that pop music is fun by design. While many modern pop revivalists play guitar pop like it belongs in a museum, Sparkle*Jets rock with abandon through these 15 tracks, smirking all the while. Sure, the songs can be goofy; there's a song about "Surfing Monkeys," and "Oh Poor Me" is more or less the female answer to the Smiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma," in which the girl doesn't mind that her narcissistic boyfriend dies in a fiery car wreck while trying to change CDs. And it doesn't stop there -- "My Internet Love Song (To You)," which crams computer jargon into a bouncy love song, is easily one of the most clever geek rock anthems ever written. Sure, the album sags a little toward the end, but the humor doesn't wear thin after a few listens because the hooks are strong and the two frontpersons are appealing. Mike Simmons and Susan West are like polar opposites -- Simmons' boyish, innocent voice provides the ideal backdrop for the album's more typically power poppy moments, while West is a little more prone to let loose with her very rock & roll set of pipes. The end result is a relentlessly energetic, delightfully cheery, and thoroughly entertaining debut record. - Jason Damas (AllMusic Guide)

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Project duration
Pre-order: Aug 3 2017 ~ Aug 18 2017
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Shipping fee to United States: $ 9.99 ~

Tracks

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A Side

1.
She's My Fave
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02:21
2.
10 Inches
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02:34
3.
My Internet Love Song (to You)
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03:51
4.
Dat
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02:43
5.
Oh Poor Me
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03:58
6.
Haircut Girl
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03:14

B Side

1.
Space 36
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02:50
2.
She's So Mean (LP Edit)
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03:59
3.
Golden
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03:23
4.
Listen to Me (LP Edit)
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03:31
5.
Surfin' Monkeys
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02:43
6.
Love Sacrifice (LP Edit)
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02:54

Bonus

1.
Above the Clouds
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03:57
2.
Thirteen
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02:42
3.
Girl Don't Tell Me
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02:51
4.
She's So Mean (cd version)
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04:23
5.
Listen to Me (cd version)
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04:18
6.
Love Sacrifice (cd version)
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03:20
Sold out
$ 23.00
Add to cart
Format
12” Black heavy vinyl (33 rpm)
Caution: Vinyl mockups and specs may differ from the final product. Qrates is not responsible if the final product does not match expectations.
Digital download bonus
You can download digital version of tracks after vinyl purchased.
Sell catalog project
This is a Sell Catalog project which you can purchase the artist's stock. Your order will be shipped from the artist's delivery base after your order has been processed.
Project duration
Pre-order: Aug 3 2017 ~ Aug 18 2017
Estimated shipping date
Your order will ship from our warehouse within 3-5 business days after the order has been processed.
Shipping
Ship from London/UK
Shipping fee to United States: $ 9.99 ~
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Los Angeles-based Sparkle*Jets U.K. became one of the most adored bands in the power pop movement of the late '90s and early 2000s following a series of International Pop Overthrow festival appearances, their adorably geekly sensibility, and their sound: a distinctive marriage of '60s and '70s rock and whimsical guitar pop.
Sparkle*Jets U.K. founding members Mike Simmons, Susan West, and Jamie Knight first met in 1995 and in February of 1996 merged three separate acts into a single band. The group included the first writing contributions from Mike Simmons, but the band had a total of five songwriters, and as egos took control the group pared itself down to the core of Simmons, West, and Knight. The group, which was initially dubbed Happy Birthday!, was renamed Sparkle*Jets U.K., including the "U.K." tag because the name wasn't nearly wacky enough. The three bandmembers also shared a lot of musical common ground, starting at the Beatles and running through Electric Light Orchestra, Brian Wilson, Teenage Fanclub, the Pixies, the Jackson 5; and various R&B, soul, and Stiff Records-style new wave/punk.
In, Through and Beyond The band, who then included drummer James DeBeau, recorded their debut, In, Through and Beyond, and pressed just 1,000 copies. Copies of the disc made it into a single store, where rock journalist John Borack (Receiver) bought a copy, his decision based only on the cover art and 3.99 dollar price. After passing word onto pop fanatic and International Pop Overthrow organizer David Bash, Sparkle*Jets U.K. were soon inducted into the close-knit family of Los Angeles-based power pop acts and their fans while word spread. Bamboo Lounge, their proper sophomore release, followed in early 2002 with a bigger budget and nationwide distribution, as the band began touring outside California and playing bigger venues. - Jason Damas

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