Archive for the ‘New CD’ Category

New Bandcamp players up!

Posted: June 14, 2013 in 21st Century, New CD


Seen below is one of the brand new Bandcamp players (I picked the LARGE size), featuring last year’s Hard Core Apple CD by the legendary Sparkling Apple. This player will of course only play the songs for your audio enjoyment, but if you wish to purchase a CD, by all means please do so by using this link.

In other news:
Stay tuned for a new Sparkling Apple 45 coming soon. Yes, you heard me the first time, a 45 rpm 7-inch vinyl single, complete with centrepiece adaptor for your turntable. Oh, I know not too many people own turntables anymore (CD players either, come to think of it), so this will obviously be an item targeted towards the lucrative collectors’ market. Recently an old fan told me that he still had a vinyl copy of Its Criminal which he purchased from the band at Scottsdale in Delta back in the 1970s. I told him that he was a lucky bastard, because that same single in mint condition is worth upwards of five dollars (as much as $5.50 with the picture sleeve).

They’re flying out the door as we speak:
Due to popular demand, limited quantities of our CD are still available online.  Fans all over the world (in Canada, Sweden, Holland, England, Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc) and throughout the galaxy are rocking to the highly questionable sounds of Sparkling Apple, but stocks are increasingly in short supply. We therefore advise you to buy now to avoid disappointment! The Sparkling Apple CD Hard Core Apple can be purchased here.

Thanks for your support! We now return control of your computer to you. Until next week at the same time, when the control voice will take you to — The Official Sparkling Apple Blog!

Proudly Canadian

Posted: May 3, 2013 in 21st Century, New CD

This just in… an actual review of Sparkling Apple’s CD Hard Core Apple, available worldwide! Dan Brisebois, who runs the nifty website, has written a piece all about our recent CD, and has graciously included it on the opening page of  his site. After his page loads, click on enter, and the first thing you see is shown below.
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Click on review…, and you’ll be taken to the inner sanctum, where Dan’s article awaits (shown below). We can’t thank you enough, Dan!

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At the moment, our Hard Core Apple CD can be seen and heard on the Internet from a staggering variety of sources. You can download it online, or you can buy a physical CD — and an easy way to do that is to purchase a copy from either of these fine locations:



Buzz Constantly in 1978 with a bottle of Royal Reserve, which used to include a sticker that touted the claim, “A Proud Canadian”!

Thank you for your support!


Here’s something we don’t see every day: it’s the weekly “Loud” listing for radio station CFUR in Prince George BC. As you can see, our “Hard Core Apple” compilation CD continues to make its presence felt, and by the looks of the above listing, we are in good company! Because of the style of music we present, our CD is lumped in with the heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden and Krokus — this is NOT a bad thing, because we’d rather be in a category with Deep Purple than on a pop chart with a flavour of the month teen idol.

According to this list, the only two artists receiving more airplay than us are Deep Purple and Vulture Kult from Saskatoon (love the title of their CD). At the tail end of the CFUR survey are iconic metal acts like Krokus, Iron Maiden, Michael Schenker, Budgie and Saxon. So, if you’re in Prince George (and I’m not going to add “for whatever reason”, because PG rocks), phone up CFUR and request “Midlife Crisis by Sparkling Apple”. Our lawyers and bartenders will thank you.

At the moment, our Hard Core Apple CD can be seen and heard on the Internet from a staggering variety of sources. You can download it online, or you can buy a physical CD — and an easy way to do that is to purchase a copy from either of these fine locations:


Thank you for your support!

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Sparkling Apple music is featured on yet another music-streaming service, this time Raditaz, which started up earlier this year. For the moment, the music is only available in the geographical USA.

“Raditaz is a free internet radio streaming music service for the web, iOS, and Android users can find stations not just based on artistssongs, andgenres, but also based on metadata tags, such as @work, @gym, #happy or @driving. Raditaz has a location layer that enables users to listen to and share stations that are trending throughout the US. The explore feature lets a user discover the latest music trends by location. Users can also share songs or stations by emailFacebookTwitter or Pinterest. Raditaz has more than 22 million songs and uses The Echo Nest music intelligence platform for creating stations. When a user inputs the name of a specific band, artist or song, Raditaz will create a station based on that musician along with similar artists.”

View With Layar

Posted: January 17, 2013 in 21st Century, New CD

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We now proudly announce that this poster is interactive, using augmented reality technology! What that means to you, the viewer, is that if you have a smartphone, like an iPhone or an Android, you can launch Layar (available HERE) and scan the poster for further information.

When you scan the image with Layar, you’ll see red rectangles onscreen on your phone – each of these can be clicked on to go to another site with more updates. For example, at the top of the scan is a link to Bandcamp; in the middle of the scan is a picture which links you to a video of Sparkling Apple onstage; clicking on the picture of the CD cover will link you to the CD Baby site, where you can actually buy this item; and at the bottom of the scan is a link to our website. Cool, huh?

Try it, you’ll like it! Oh yes, this is a gimmick, pure and simple, but it allows your iPhone to be a fun toy, and we all need more toys, don’t we?

Final week for free goodies

Posted: January 12, 2013 in New CD, Rock n Roll

1980 newspaper ad for “It’s Criminal”.

Last call for alcohol! Attention, Internet shoppers! This is your final week to be the lucky recipient of a FREE (as in no cost to anyone at any time) Sparkling Apple download of one of the tracks from our Hard Core Apple CD, “It’s Criminal”, our 1980 single on RadioActive Records. Believe it or not, some guy is still trying to sell the original 45 on eBay for the crazy-ass price of $29.50 — but you, loyal fans, can obtain this song online for a limited time for FREE.

We are extending our Christmas Special for one more week, so if you don’t have your free mp3 of “It’s Criminal” on your iPod, this is your last chance. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and you’re pretty much left to your own devices (devices — get it?)! Yes, we’re discounting everything here at the Official Sparkling Apple Blog, so be the first on your block to download the highly questionable 45, “It’s Criminal” (now digitally remastered for your listening pleasure). People have been asking me, “OK, on some sites, this song is listed as ‘Explicit’. What’s the deal, Captain Maniac?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. Fact is, a line in the song, namely “…she’s autographing underwear” was considered somewhat inappropriate by The Powers That Be. So, being the polite and conciliatory band that we are (yeah, right), we had to label some of the Hard Core Apple tracks as explicit, mainly so that impressionable young minds wouldn’t be irrevocably altered. As the Chips said in Rubber Biscuit, “What do you want for nothing?”.

To obtain your free download, CLICK HERE to go to our page at the highly-regarded Reverbnation website.




OK, a history lesson of sorts, for those of you who are confused about what a 45 is (and no, we’re not referring to a pistol here)…

“The most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7 inch, the names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm and the standard diameter 7″ (18 cm).

The 7″ 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs. The first 45 rpm records were monaural, with recordings on both sides of the disc. As stereo recordings became popular in the 1960s, almost all 45 rpm records were produced in stereo by the early 1970s.”

An actual review of “Hard Core Apple” in our morning newspaper, The Province. The original article appeared there on December 11, 2012, and can now be seen on the Internet HERE. This review was written by Tom Harrison, who wrote about us in the same paper back in 1979. Looks like we STILL can’t be taken seriously, but then we’ve always been serious about not being taken seriously!

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Screen capture of Province blog, featuring a review of “Hard Core Apple”!

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Happy Bandcampers!

Posted: December 12, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD

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We now have a new location at Bandcamp! Yes, you can still buy Sparkling Apple CDs at CD Baby and CD Universe, and now you have yet another online source for our music: the one & only Bandcamp.  Not only does Bandcamp offer digital downloads, but physical CDs are available as well, for those of you into an ancient frisbee-friendly musical format that’s soon to be as relevant as 8-tracks. Unlike CD Baby, real, honest-to-god Sparkling Apple compact discs are shipped directly from our warehouse in beautiful downtown Surrey, BC. Shipping and tax are automatically calculated depending on your geographical location, and we will ship anywhere on the planet (intergalactic orders are being considered as we speak). What are you waiting for?

In the words of Andrew Dubber: “Music is pretty much unique when it comes to media consumption. You don’t buy a movie ticket because you liked the film so much, and while you might buy a book because you enjoyed reading it so much at the library, typically you’ll purchase first, then consume…But music is different — and radio proves that. By far the most reliable way to promote music is to have people hear it. Repeatedly, if possible — and for free. After a while, if you’re lucky, people get to know and love the music. Sooner or later, they’re going to want to own it…whether it’s a pop tune, a heavily political punk album, or an experimental, avant-garde suite — the key is very simple: people have to hear music, then they will grow to like it, and then finally, if you’re lucky, they will engage in an economic relationship in order to consume (not just buy and listen to) that music. That’s the order it has to happen in. It can’t happen in any other order. There’s no point in hoping that people will buy the music, then hear it, then like it. They just won’t. Nobody really wants to buy a piece of music they don’t know — let alone one they haven’t heard. Especially if it’s by someone who lies outside their usual frame of reference. And a 30-second sample is a waste of your time and bandwidth. It’s worse than useless. That’s not enough to get to like your music. Let them hear it, keep it, live with it. And then bring them back as a fan.”

Click on the Bandcamp button below to access our merch site!

Now available on EarBits

Posted: November 22, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD

Sparkling Apple music is now available for your listening pleasure at Earbits!

Earbits is a commercial-free music streaming service & music marketing platform. The streaming service is available to consumers as a website in addition to clients for the iPhone, iPod Touch & Android mobile devices. The music marketing platform is available to independent artists, labels and concert promoters who can bid for their songs to be played (at the start bidding is free, but there is intent to charge for bids). Earbits currently has 100 labels, 1,500 artists and 20,000 songs in its library.

From Greg the Egg in Prince George:

“If you go to, that is that is where the Campus and Community Radio website is.They have nationwide Charts.If you get to the Top 50 page you will see
listings for other Charts.Hip Hop/Jazz etc. If you click on LOUD you will see the National Chart. If you click on the CFUR link,it will take you to that Chart.SPARKLING APPLE is
listed there.It deserves it.It is the Music Director who has the final say.Hopefully you can find the Chart.”

In short, we’re number one on the Loud Chart!