In 1978 Ron and Russell Mael
were at a crossroads. They had grown tired of their operatic pomp rock and were looking for a new format. After they heard Giorgio Moroder's iconic production on Donna Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love
," they decided they'd found their new direction and ditched their guitars for synthesizers and sequencers.
After expressing admiration for Moroder to a German journalist, the Mael brothers discovered he was a friend of his, and the journalist was able to link them with the Italian producer. In 1978, Sparks and Moroder began work on what would become No. 1 in Heaven