Daylight Video

For absolutely no reason other than loving this song when it first came out (I associate it with taking breaks in studying for the bar exam), here’s Sparks performing “Tips For Teens” on French television in 1980. “Don’t eat that burger, has it got mayonnaise? Give it to me!”

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.