Although I lost that playlist, the comments with Nick E. regarding Sparks compilation has inspired me to try and reconstruct it.
However Sparks has written 4 more albums since then. This then lead me to incorporate the 2010's to current in the 80 minute concept album. So this playlist isn't the same as the one I posted a few years ago.
1. Intro (From Exotic Creatures From The Deep)
2. So May We Start
3. Johnny Delusional
4. My Baby's Taking Me Home
(If no 80 minute time limit, you can add "Good Morning" here)
5. When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"
6. Change (Plagiarism)
7. The Calm Before The Opera
8. Senseless Violins
9. The Rhythm Thief
10. Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (Plagiarism)
11. How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall
12. Intro Reprise (From Exotic Creatures From The Deep)
13. I've Never Been High
14. Autograph Hounds
15. I Wish You Were Fun
16. Left Out In The Cold
(If no 80 minute time limit, you can add "Ugly Guys with Beautiful Girls" here)
17. Dick Around
(If no 80 minute time limit, you can add "I Married Myself" here)
19. As I Sit Down To Play The Organ At The Notre Dame Cathedral
The 1 minute Intro "I don't care if you love me, just so you like me"
Is the protagonist not caring about romantic relationship as long as people like him professionally as a musician. The desire to be "like" drives this compilation.
Short snippet leads to "So May We Start" gives it a musical introduction vibe that this is a story and the songs "fashioned a world, a world built just for you"
Johnny Delusional - Starts off with the protagonist falling in love and knowing it can't happen and is delusional in thinking it would work
However surprisingly the protagonist gets in a relationship in "My Baby's Taking Me Home" (if there isn't an 80 minute time limit I would stick in "Good Morning" after this. Good Morning does seem a logical follow up after Johnny Delusional of able to get in a relationship with someone out of your league)
The protagonist however main goal in life is in music and laments going through life trying to fill everyone else expectation except for his own. "When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"
"Change" signifies that "every loser is going to have his day" and the protagonist wants to make a career in music his goal
"The Calm Before The Opera" signifies the protagonist ambition to be a revolutionary, innovative artist. Believes that when the music is release it will create a storm
"Senseless Violins" signifies the potential shock when people hear there is no drums and bass in the music and just hear "senseless violins"
This leads directly to "The Rhythm Thief" which is the artist statement of purpose and his great reveal of his dream of becoming a musician
"Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat" reveals the reaction of just receiving "polite applause" as it fails to be a success at all
"How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall" reveals that despite all the practice, the artist resigns that they will never reach carnegie hall and receive the plaudits that he feel he deserves
The reprise of "I don't care if you love me, just so you like me" returns where he just wants the approval
"I've Never Been High" - The artist laments that he has "never been high" which I will reinterpret high as being successful or artistically high
"Autograph Hounds" would be recontextualized a dream sequence where he dreams of people hounding him for autograph but then realizing that this would never occur in a paranoid fever dream sequence.
"I Wish You Were Fun" - The frustration of failed artistic career creates crack in his relationship. He wishes his partner to be more fun to compensate for the lack of "fun" and excitement that being a superstar would have fulfilled if he succeeded
"Waterproof" - The relationship strained even further as he becomes indifferent to the stresses and tears of his girlfriend. He becomes "Waterproof" to his girlfriend's tears
"Left Out In The Cold" - The girlfriend kicks in out of the house and he is left out in the cold
Without the 80 minute CD time limit. I would have "Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls" as he bitterly sees his ex-girlfriend get into a relationship with someone with a proper financially stable career and bitterly assume this is due to that person has money he does not.
"Dick Around" - now that the break up is official. He feels sense of freedom to "Dick Around" and concentrate his own hobby without feeling the need to support anyone else.
"I Married Myself" - The Protagonist states that he will never be married to anyone else but himself and his music.
"Likeable" - Protagonist sings how he doesn't care whether he is in a relationship and loveable as long as he is likeable and respected for his music (although noted the desperation in him saying he is "likeable" knowing that he failed at being likeable as well as loveable).
"As I Sit Down to Play the Organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral" - As he sits downs and play the organ at the notre dame cathedral by himself. The Protagonist has an epiphany and a spiritual experience by the music itself.
As Ron Mael said about this song "I think just by doing what we do musically, there's a spiritual aspect to it. It's hard to describe because it isn't based upon a particular religion, but there's a spirit that we feel is a part of what we do and imbues what we do and makes everything rise up to a certain level."
The protagonist realised that everything in life including relationship, fame, glory is upstaged by the spiritual/religious experience of music itself. It doesn't matter whether people like him or love him all that matters is the music itself which transcend any material problem he has.
"But my message is lost on them, lost on all of them. It only reaches one of them"
The protagonist then commits his life to music knowing that this will likely will lead him to no fame and no glory and knowing and no relationship as well. As long as the power and message of music only reaches one person which is himself it doesn't matter if the message and power of music doesn't reach anyone else.