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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000007UQ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sparks have been mixing pure pop with outrageous musical experimentalism and high intelligence for almost 30 years, and Kimono My House is still their best album. If just for "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us", one of the most startling and singular singles ever released, like a wilder and more perverse Roxy Music, or a surrealist Gilbert & Sullivan ("The thunder of stampeding rhinos/ Elephants and tacky tigers"). But "Kimono My House" is full of the same symphonic delirium, Ron Mael's sharp, funny lyrics and brother Russell's vocal acrobatics, self-consciously spectacular songs that seem to be charging in three directions at once, eruptions of extrovert eccentricity. And the fairground whirl of "Amateur Hour" offers better advice to fumbling teenage lovers than any advice column. "It's a lot like playing the violin," suggest Sparks. "You cannot start off and be Yehudi Menuhin." --Taylor Parkes

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By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the Mael brothers first foray into the UK/Europe back in 1974. After completing 2 weird and wonderful American albums they set up in London, advertised for a band and produced a number of well received albums and singles, beginning with this rockin' gem. The 2 British top 10 singles: "This Town...." and "Amateur Hour" are first up and then things begin to get interesting. The album is tight, Dinky's drumming rock hard, Adrian's guitar playing superb and Martin's bass loud and exciting. Standout tracks include "Hasta Manana Monsieur"; "Up Here In Heaven" and "Thank God its not Christmas". Sparks could never perform this good live, but if you want a slice of '74 then buy it.
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Sparks' 'Kimono My House' ranks as one of the greatest albums of all time- despite the fact Sparks have created a wealth of excellent records, this is one that stands out. It's a record that has been cited as an influence, or just is an influence, by/of such acts as Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie & the Banshees, New Order, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, Associates, The Darkness (and so on...)It's also one of the great long-players of the glam-era, taking its place alongside such classics as Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust', T-Rex's 'Electric Warrior', Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure', Todd Rundgren's 'Something/Anything' & Lou Reed's 'Transformer.'

Recorded in the UK, where the Mael-brothers were joined by Dinky Diamond (Drums), Martin Gordon (Bass) & Adrian Fisher (Guitar) - Sparks' had a suitably rock-band sound for their Mael-pop. Whoever said this album was rubbish & nothing more than 'This Town...' is clearly talking out of their posterior. 'Kimono My House' is loaded with pop-classics, even bonus-track 'Lost and Found' (a dead ringer for Suede, like Ultravox!'s 'Life at Rainbow's End') is a classic!

Highlights on an album populated by highlights include 'Amateur Hour', the caustic 'Talent Is An Asset', the prog-ish 'Equator' & the fantastic ode to narcissism 'Falling in Love with Myself Again.' & these are probably not the uber-highlights, which include the caustic gripe 'Thank God It's Not Christmas' - which with 'Here in Heaven' (Juliet bottles out of the suicide pact) makes clear the reason why Morrissey adores them.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2014
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..a label I’m sure Smashie and Nicey would readily apply to this classic 1974 album by the unclassifiable LA 'rockers’ Sparks. Of course, listening again to this collection of great hooks and catchy choruses (all overlaid with the band’s unmistakeable, and infectious, eccentricity) one of the few things that is not surprising about Russell and Ron Mael’s troupe is that they decided to decamp from early 1970s LA 'hippiedom’ to take advantage of the burgeoning (post-Kinks, Move, etc, and now Bowie, Bolan, Ferry-inspired) 'scene’ in their adopted UK home. That said, although the sound on Kimono My House has undeniable glam-rock traits, Ron Mael’s songs always pushed the boundaries of more simplistic verse-chorus structures and the level of ironic wit and inventiveness in the man’s lyrics had not been seen since Ray Davies and would not be equalled again until Mozza (a big fan of the band, of course) hit the scene a decade later.

Kicking off, Russell’s falsetto opening to that most bizarre, pulsating and infectious of all romantic ditties (OK Corral gunshots and all), This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, provides one of the most invigorating album openings anywhere. Thereafter, Ron takes us on a magical tour of intoxicating pop composition via Amateur hour’s tale of burgeoning adolescent romance, the alternative 'theory of relativity’ encapsulated in Talent Is An Asset, the 'down-to-earth’ homeliness of In My Family and the irresistible tale of language barriers in Hasta Manana Monsieur (just about as close as you can get to 'pop perfection’, in my book).
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Sparks' 'Kimono My House' ranks as one of the greatest albums of all time- despite the fact Sparks have created a wealth of excellent records, this is one that stands out. It's a record that has been cited as an influence, or just is an influence, by/of such acts as Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie & the Banshees, New Order, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, Associates, The Darkness (and so on...)It's also one of the great long-players of the glam-era, taking its place alongside such classics as Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust', T-Rex's 'Electric Warrior', Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure', Todd Rundgren's 'Something/Anything' & Lou Reed's 'Transformer.'
Recorded in the UK, where the Mael-brothers were joined by Dinky Diamond (Drums), Martin Gordon (Bass) & Adrian Fisher (Guitar) - Sparks' had a suitably rock-band sound for their Mael-pop. That line-up have played this album alongside the recent 'Lil' Beethoven' at Morrissey's Meltdown festival and beyond (there is a DVD) Whoever said this album was rubbish & nothing more than 'This Town...' is clearly talking out of their posterior. 'Kimono My House' is loaded with pop-classics, even bonus-track 'Lost and Found' (a dead ringer for Suede, like Ultravox!'s 'Life at Rainbow's End') is a classic!
Highlights on an album populated by highlights include 'Amateur Hour', the caustic 'Talent Is An Asset', the prog-ish 'Equator' & the fantastic ode to narcissism 'Falling in Love with Myself Again.' & these are probably not the uber-highlights, which include the caustic gripe 'Thank God It's Not Christmas' - which with 'Here in Heaven' (Juliet bottles out of the suicide pact) makes clear the reason why Morrissey adores them.
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