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Todd Rundgren, Flea, Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin & more featured in new Sparks documentary

Focus Features

Todd Rundgren, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin are among the many well-known artists featured in The Sparks Brothers, an upcoming documentary about Sparks, the beloved cult band led by brothers Russell and Ron Mael.

You can check out a new trailer for the film, featuring clips of various music stars talking about Sparks, at Focus Features’ YouTube channel.

At one point in the video promo, Rundgren, who produced Sparks’ 1971 debut album, says of the band’s music, “It wasn’t like anything else.”

As for Flea, he comments, “I remember just seeing them all the time and [going], like, ‘Who are those guys?!'”

Wiedlin, who collaborated with Sparks on the 1983 dance hit “Cool Places,” adds that they “were a bit much for most people.”

Other artists featured in the doc include Squeeze‘s Chris DiffordDuran Duran‘s Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, Steve Jones of Sex Pistols, New Order‘s Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Faith No More‘s Roddy Bottum, Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore, Beck, Jack Antonoff, producers Giorgio Moroder and Tony ViscontiVince Clarke of Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure. Such celebs as Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Jason Schwartzman and Fred Armisen also appear.

The Sparks Brothers is directed by Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker Edgar Wright. It premieres in theaters on June 18.

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