| January 28, 1980|
28 January 1980
| Whomp That Sucker
Rock music, Pop music, Disco, Electropop, New wave
Giorgio Moroder, Harold Faltermeyer
Sparks albums, Disco albums
Terminal Jive is the ninth album by the American rock band Sparks and the second recorded with Giorgio Moroder. The album has a disco-vibe like its predecessor but featured fewer synthesizers, opting instead for more electric rock guitar, resulting in a new wave sound. The album was produced by Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer, the latter of whom is claimed to have produced the majority of the album.
Sparks scored a massive hit single in France with "When I'm With You", which led to them staying in the country for a year promoting the album.
Terminal Jive was not released in the US, although Polydor Records issued it in Canada. It was also not a success in the UK. However, it fared better in continental Europe.
The lead single "When I'm with You" became a massive hit in France where it spent six weeks at #1. The single also hit the Top 20 in Australia, reaching #14. The second single from the album was "Young Girls", it too performed well in France. "Young Girls" was released with an extended remix on 12", an edited version on the 7" single, and backed with "Just Because You Love Me". French releases included "Rock 'n' Roll People in a Disco World", since "Just Because You Love Me" had accompanied the release of "When I'm with You" in that territory already.
The album's artwork features various poses of the Mael brothers in odd postures in and around Hamleys toy store in Regent Street, London.
All tracks written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael; except where indicated.Russell Mael, vocals
Ron Mael, keyboards
James Stroud, Synthesizers, Guitar and Drums
Giorgio Moroder, production
Harold Faltermeyer, production
1When I'm With You5:45Terminal Jive Wikipedia
2Just Because You Love Me4:36
3Rock'n Roll People in a Disco World4:47