Gleaming Spires were a new wave pop group popular in the 1980s. Performing as Bates Motel they were enlisted by the Mael brothers to be a part of the 1981-1985 incarnation of their band, Sparks. After completing demos with neophyte producer Stephen Hague, principal members Leslie Bohem (writer of Dante's Peak) and David Kendrick (later of Devo) recruited fellow Sparks members Jim Goodwin and Bob Haag to form Gleaming Spires with the blessing of the Mael brothers. Following an introduction by graphic artist Kevin J. Walker (TSOL, Channel 3 (band) covers inter alia), they were signed to Posh Boy Records on the strength of what had been intended by the group as a non LP b side "Are You Ready for the Sex Girls", which became a hit on L.A.'s KROQ-FM radio station. The recording was later featured in the films The Last American Virgin, and Revenge of the Nerds and on the Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Volume 3 various artists compilation. Rob Goraieb sang background vocals on their "Funk For Children" EP.