Sparks – Falling In Love With Myself Again

• “Falling In Love With Myself Again” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to Patrick Marchal.

8.2 “Fantastic Cerebral Pop from the USA”

From their album “Kimono My House” (Island Records ILPS-9272) released in 1974.

“Kimono My House”? Groan. I guess with the bona-fide front-cover Geisha randoms – who were plucked by chance from the confines of a touring Japanese dance company – they just about get away with it. The skinny-flints creating these sparks (hee-hee, two can play at their game) were Ron Mael (28) chief-songwriter and keyboardist, famously inanimate with an Adolf Hitler moustache, and his younger brother Russell Mael (25) a hyperactive showman and expressive singer who spends a great deal of the time in dramatic falsetto. The two broke-up their American band as they looked to progress their vision – this LP was wholly conceived, recorded and presented in an English environment, with new English musicians, and was pooling from the glam-well, seemingly a world-famous attraction.

Within these action-packed grooves there is some strong competition for my fave, but “Falling In Love With Myself Again” shades it; a wonky selfish-sod waltz with the immortal lines: “I bring home the bacon and eat it myself, Here’s to my health, Hope that I am feeling well”.

On paper, this whole thing could have been a cheese-fest disaster-zone, but the end-results show them to be ten-times cleverer than Sweet and twice-as-cool as Queen. The lyrics are as clever as they are funny, the music’s smart, and the hooks catchy.

Nice work Sparks.

You can read my full review for this and all of my Top 30 albums of 1974 here.

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