Header

KIMONO MY HOUSE

Sparks

Crossover Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Sparks Kimono My House album cover
3.98 | 42 ratings | 5 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy SPARKS Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us 3:02
2. Amateur Hour 3:33
3. Falling in Love With Myself Again 3:03
4. Here in Heaven 2:46
5. Thank God It's Not Christmas 5:07
6. Hasta Manana Monsieur 3:43
7. Talent Is an Asset 3:20
8. Complaints 2:48
9. In My Family 3:46
10. Equator 4:41

Lyrics

Search SPARKS Kimono My House lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search SPARKS Kimono My House tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Adrian Fisher / guitar
- Martin Gordon / bass
- Ron Mael / keyboards
- Russell Mael / vocals
- Norman "Dinky" Diamond / drums

Releases information

Polygram # 524034 CD 1999

Thanks to for the addition
and to Snow Dog for the last updates
Edit this entry

SPARKS MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy SPARKS Kimono My House Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SPARKS Kimono My House ISRAEL VINYL Island Sky Label LP US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $16.99 Buy It Now
7h 43m
Sparks ?- Kimono My House - Orig 1974 Release - Good Condition US $6.27 [0 bids]
1 day
sparks - Kimono my house - vinyl - album - lp - Matrix A2u B2u - Pink rim island US $18.81 [0 bids]
1 day
SPARKS Kimono My House +2 Mini LP CD JAPAN UICY-9177 / Ron And Russel Mael US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SPARKS - "Kimono My House " LP ** Orig. US 1974 w/ lyric inner sleeve US $11.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Sparks KIMONO MY HOUSE Island Records ILPS 9272 1st CANADA press. PROMO NM/VG++ US $9.99 [1 bids]
1 day
Sparks Kimono My House 8 track import with slipcase 1974 Island Mael Brothers US $7.99 [0 bids]
2 days
SPARKS - Kimono My House (SHM Mini-LP CD w/Obi) RARE!!!! US $29.99 [0 bids]
US $39.99 Buy It Now
2 days
Sparks - Kimono My House (Remastered) (NEW CD) US $10.57 Buy It Now 3 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE - REMASTERED CD ALBUM + BONUS TRACKS - MINT US $7.82 Buy It Now 4 days
Vintage 70s Sparks Kimono My House Island Records Album Vinyl LP US $30.00 Buy It Now 4 days
SPARKS Kimono My House +inner sleeve ISLAND 1974 FREE UK POST US $24.46 Buy It Now 6 days
SPARKS Kimono My House LP UK ISLAND PINK RIM & INNER RARE 1ST PRESSING A2 / B1 US $36.04 Buy It Now 6 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE MINI LP CD OBI US $14.84 Buy It Now 7 days
SPARKS*KIMONO MY HOUSE (REMASTERED/BONUS MATERIAL)*CD US $11.79 Buy It Now 7 days
Poster Size Advert 15X12 The Sparks , Propoganda & Kimono MY House Albums US $18.81 Buy It Now 7 days
Sparks : Kimono My House CD (2006) US $9.78 Buy It Now 8 days
Sparks - Kimono My House - 1974 Island Records ILPS 9272 Vinyl US $31.36 Buy It Now 8 days
Sparks - Kimono My House NEW CD US $7.70 Buy It Now 8 days
SPARKS "KIMONO MY HOUSE" ULTRA-RARE ORIGINAL JAPANESE SEALED CD! US $49.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Press Cutting/Advert : 22/6/74Pg07 SPARKS, KIMONO MY HOUSE Album US $18.81 Buy It Now 8 days
(CD) SPARKS - Kimono My House / Japan Import / PHCR-6717 US $24.99 Buy It Now 9 days
SPARKS Kimono My House V inyl LP Island Label ILPS9272 US $17.23 Buy It Now 9 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE 1974 JAPAN CD OBI 2100yen PHCR 1ST PRESS US $59.99 Buy It Now 9 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE MINI LP CD OBI US $15.95 Buy It Now 10 days
SPARKS kimono my house UK LP Pink Rim Island ILPS 9272 mint NM DG US $42.30 Buy It Now 10 days
Sparks - Kimono My House - 9843417 US $11.57 Buy It Now 11 days
Sparks - Kimono My House (CD New) US $16.99 Buy It Now 11 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE - BONUS TRACKS NEW CD US $21.48 Buy It Now 11 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE LP - NEAR MINT - MACHINE CLEANED! US $13.85 Buy It Now 11 days
Sparks - Kimono My House [CD New] US $12.38 Buy It Now 12 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE / BIG BEAT 8 PAGE INSERT CD JEWEL CASE US $10.79 Buy It Now 13 days
Sparks-Kimono My House CD NEW US $10.22 Buy It Now 14 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE - BRAND NEW SEALED MINI LP CD - SHIPS FROM NEW YORK US $15.79 Buy It Now 14 days
Sparks-Kimono My House CD NEW US $16.05 Buy It Now 14 days
SPARKS ( NEW CD ) KIMONO MY HOUSE ( EXPANDED EDITION WITH 3 BONUS TRACKS ) US $7.45 Buy It Now 15 days
Sparks - Kimono My House CD US $20.09 Buy It Now 15 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE TURKISH PRESSING MEGA RARE US $160.00 Buy It Now 16 days
SPARKS JAPAN MINI KIMONO MY HOUSE SHM-CD US $45.00 Buy It Now 17 days
SPARKS / KIMONO MY HOUSE 1974 ISLAND FESTIVAL RECORDS AUSTRALIA US $12.59 Buy It Now 18 days
Kimono My House - 21st Century Edition Sparks CD album (CDLP) UK 9843417 US $18.01 Buy It Now 19 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE Italy ORIGINAL issue on palm Island label. New Wave US $40.00 Buy It Now 19 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE Badge Button Pin PAIR - COOL! - 25mm and 56mm size! US $2.35 Buy It Now 19 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE Badge Button Pin PAIR - COOL! - 25mm and 56mm size! US $4.70 Buy It Now 19 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE Badge Button Pin PAIR - COOL! - 25mm and 56mm size! US $6.27 Buy It Now 19 days
SPARKS Kimono My House UK 1st PRESS COMPLETE ISLAND LP  US $39.20 Buy It Now 20 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE - 12 TRACK CD US $8.67 Buy It Now 20 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE JAPAN AUTHENTIC SHM MINI LP CD NEW OOP UICY-94098 US $43.99 Buy It Now 21 days
Sparks - Kimono My House LP Japan Promo White Label w/ Inner Sleeve + Sheet US $52.50 Buy It Now 22 days
Sparks Kimono My House 2006 RARE RUSSIAN VERSION SEALED US $19.00 Buy It Now 23 days
SPARKS - KIMONO MY HOUSE [BONUS TRACKS] - NEW CD US $9.37 Buy It Now 23 days
SPARKS - Kimono My House ~ VINYL LP PINK RIM US $15.74 Buy It Now 25 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE (1974) JAPAN CD PHCR-6717 US $22.99 Buy It Now 25 days
Sparks - kimono My House - French CD Album US $24.99 Buy It Now 27 days
Sparks-Kimono My House CD-Framed CD Clock US $31.34 Buy It Now 27 days
SPARKS KIMONO MY HOUSE ORIG 2001 JAPAN EDITION UNIVERSAL MINI LP CD UICY-9177 US $29.99 Buy It Now 27 days
SPARKS: KIMONO MY HOUSE 2006 REMASTERED CD INC 3 BONUS TRACKS / NEW US $7.45 Buy It Now 27 days
Sparks Kimono My House CD ALBUM NEW/MINT US $9.39 Buy It Now 28 days
SPARKS kimono my house Island pink rim; vg+ US $20.84 Buy It Now 28 days
Kimono My House (Re-Issue) - Sparks New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $23.02 Buy It Now 29 days

More places to buy SPARKS music online Buy SPARKS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for SPARKS DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

SPARKS Kimono My House ratings distribution


3.98
(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
51%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
20%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)
10%

SPARKS Kimono My House reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
3 stars It's not that art rock didn't have its smarmy and oh so clever proponents - QUEEN, 10CC and to a large extent SUPERTRAMP gushed with disingenuous parody that ultimately mocked itself as much as societal mores. SPARKS was an American version of same, but they actually seemed to be living their personae, at least if the album covers are anything to go on. There is a consistent hit hard but lightly character in Sparks that makes them far more endearing than the above, even if less remembered. They took their humor seriously, and their attitude hinted at punkish devil may care, without looking down on their audience.

I admit that I thought their singer was a woman when I first heard them, and the Maels are quite androgynous in appearance as well. On brilliantly breathless tracks like "Amateur Hour" and "Talent is an Asset" (with the immortal line "We are his relatives, that's parenthetical", they do better drag than most drag artistes I have seen, which is doubly amazing since I have to imagine the visuals with Sparks. Other major successes here are the hit opener "This Town ain't Big Enough" and the PROCOL HARUM like "Hasta Manana Monsieur".

Combined with SPARKS' somewhat frenetic style can also be discerned a love for nostalgia, at that time being music of the 1930s and 1940s, but more than just the dipping of the toes we saw with Queen. I hear it drifting in and out of most tunes, particularly "Falling in Love with Myself Again" and "Complaints", fully integrated into the modern rock ensemble which attached equal importance to the entire group. The last few songs of the original LP seem more like add-ons and simply don't stick, especially "Equator", which lacks the punchiness of most of the material.

Being a fan of more serious sounding music, and finding little of it here, I have to confess that this group really found a niche and worked it. There was a consistency in their collective vision that could only come about if they weren't working hard at it, which was another manner in which they foreshadowed the coming movement. But unlike punk, these guys actually had talent and knew how to use it, which is an asset in my book. 3 solid stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to kenethlevine (BETA) | Report this review (#357095) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars Sparks have apparently been a part of the Prog Archives family for quite some time. Unfortunately, no one have had the pleasure of telling me about it until now. All I can say now is --- let the reviewing begin!

I've been a huge fan of the band ever since I've heard Kimono My House sometime around 2001. After 10 years, 11 albums and two live concerts, it's safe to say that I'm still very much an admirer of Mael brothers and their crazy project of a band. They've had quite a career over the past 40 years and even though far from everything produced by the band can be considered great/essential, there has always been a certain charisma within the band's work that transcended even the lesser albums.

Kimono My House was the band's breakthrough album and features many of the essential Sparks masterpieces like the anthem This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us and Equator. Both of these compositions pretty much define the band's work in the '70s, but unfortunately the album is far from a perfect experience since it's a bit uneven around the edges and has some filler tracks. Best example of this is Thank God It's Not Christmas, which might seem like quite a fun little track title but it clearly shows that Sparks material from this era wasn't meant to go beyond the 5 minute mark.

Likely there are enough highlights to make Kimono My House a highly recommended release. I would especially like to recommend Hasta Maņana Monsieur and In My Family, two fun and quirky songs that shows us just how versatile the band could be.

***** star songs: This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us (3:05) Hasta Maņana Monsieur (3:52) Equator (4:42)

**** star songs: Amateur Hour (3:37) Falling In Love With Myself Again (3:03) Here In Heaven (2:48) Talent Is An Asset (3:21) In My Family (3:48)

*** star songs: Thank God It's Not Christmas (5:07) Complaints (2:50)

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Rune2000 (BETA) | Report this review (#448209) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The eccentric Mael brothers - with pinup Russell being one of the most high-pitched male pop singers of all time, and brooding and mysterious Ron lurking behind the keyboards with his Chaplin moustache - are the creative core of Sparks, and Kimono My House saw them fusing their self-deprecating sense of humour with post-Roxy Music art-glam rock to create a bizarre but endlessly fascinating album. The best song is, of course, the opening This Town Ain't Big Enough For the Both of Us, but every other song on the album exudes a similarly hyper-tense air of paranoia, self-doubt, and sarcastic wit. A breath of fresh air in 1974 prefiguring the punk revolution, Kimono My House remains inviting to this day.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#516696) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Review by tarkus1980
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars The best Sparks album (by a slim margin over the debut) is also one of the most hilariously front-loaded albums I've ever heard. The first six tracks are all fantastic, albeit all cut from the same stylistic cloth, but the last four (which are also cut from the same stylistic cloth, more or less) are a clear step down, and I always finish the album with a hankering for just one more great track. Still, the highs are so high that I can justify this grade to myself without too much difficulty.

After the first two albums basically went nowhere commercially, the Halfnelson version of the group dissolved, and the Mael brothers relocated to Britain to record with what basically became a revolving door of supporting musicians. The avant-bubble gum sound of the debut and the jangle pop of Woofer were tossed aside, and in their place the band turned to the slickest, richest, most European and least American-sounding glam pop sound imaginable from the early 70s. Yes, the band mixes up the genres that are grafted into this base sound, and there's a good deal of variety in the sounds one finds from song to song (or within a given song), but make no mistake, the band has gone all in on a pretty specific kind of approach. It's one BIG ANTHEM after BIG ANTHEM, driven by Russell singing ridiculous (in a good way) lyrics set to terrific vocal melodies over rich and varied instrumental parts, and if you're into that sort of thing you could find this album a total blast. That said, I can totally understand how somebody could hate this album; it's slick in a way that has little to do with the origins of rock (white men butchering black men's music), and the fact that it often sounds so much like ABBA (whom I quite like, but I can completely understand why somebody wouldn't) means that it can't help but be a polarizing album. Personally, I love the sound when it's firing on all cylinders, but I do get worn down by it, and the lack of as many clever ideas in the last four tracks definitely doesn't help keep me from wilting near the end.

But holy hell, I love those first six tracks. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" is a boring choice for a finalist in the "Best Sparks Song" competition (the choice is boring, not the song), but sometimes things are obvious for a reason. After the gradual fade-in, with Russell singing the first verse over a relatively subdued keyboard part, the song becomes absolutely bonkers and fantastic, with loud guitar riffs, B-Western (the "B" stands for "Best") gunshots, hilariously majestic organ chords, over-the-top guitar wanks, and above all Russell proclaiming bizarre "if we battle I'm going to win" imagery in his own faux-operatic manner. "Amateur Hour" is an up-beat number centered around a guitar line that doubles as the chorus melody, full of variations in tempo and intensity, and with Russell singing an amazing melody about teenagers learning to become good at sex. Best line: "Dance laugh wine dine and talk and sing / But those cannot replace what is the real thing / It's a lot like playing the violin / You cannot start off and be Yehudi Menuhin." "Falling in Love With Myself Again," as you might expect, is a love song for a narcissist, based around a bombastic waltz crossed with what's essentially circus music, and it's impossible for me to not have the chorus echo around in my head afterwards (and fortunately, I'm happy for it to be there).

It's not an easy task to pick out clear favorites out of this group of six tracks, but in giving it some thought, I find myself inclined to pick "This Town ..." and "Here in Heaven." The story behind "Here in Heaven" is great: a Romeo and Juliet pair make a suicide pact, Romeo goes through with it, Juliet backs out, Romeo is kinda sad and kinda pissed off about his situation. In terms of music, the song has long been a favorite of mine for singing in the shower, especially for the fun contrast between the tense descending melody in the verses and the chorus in an appropriate higher register ("Up here in heaven without you/Up here in heaven without you/Up here in heaven without you/It is hell knowing that your health will keep you out of here for many many years), and I've always especially admired the uneven intensity of the instrumentation under the chorus. Best line: "Juliet, I thought we had agreed/Now I know why you let me take the lead."

Up next is a track that I find myself overlooking if I'm not careful, but which is just about as great as the others. "Thank God It's Not Christmas" is a song about how fun life is for somebody on every day except for Christmas, when he has to spend the day with his wife, and the metamorphosis from the loud guitar part that starts the song, to the quieter parts of the verses, to the re-emergence of intensity at the end of each verse, and finally into the enormous chorus, is one of the best parts of an album that's full of great parts. And finally, rounding out this stretch, is "Hasta Manana Monsieur," which basically sounds exactly like ABBA from a couple of years later, except with a slightly heavier bottom. The lyrics are way more hilarious than anything you'll find on an ABBA album, though; they concern a doofus foreign exchange student who fell in love with his host but isn't even sure what language she speaks, so he tries a gibberish mix of whatever terms he can pick up. The best line of the album: "You mentioned Kant and I was shocked, so shocked/You know, where I come from, none of the girls have such foul tongues." Musically, well, I tend to like ABBA, so I like the song, and if you don't like ABBA, you'll probably hate it.

So the first six tracks are amazing, and the album seems well on its way to wedging its way into my top 50 ... but then it kinda loses me. Out of "Talent is an Asset," "Complaints" and "In My Family," I'd say that "Complaints" comes closest to being a great track, thanks to the contrast between the lilting verses and the up-tempo chorus (the middle-eight is a lot of fun too), but it still doesn't quite get to that level for me, and both "Talent" and "Family" (which tend to get mixed together in my head in such a way that I can't always remember which parts belong to which song) strike me as sounding like the album's style was left out in the sun a little too long. The closing "Equator" makes a stab at doing something significantly different, as it's a relatively slow, moody song about a guy realizing that he has no shot of finding the girl he's waiting for (after she told him she'd meet him at the equator, which should have been a clue right there that things just weren't looking his way), but the song just irritates me to no end. Well, not so much the song on the whole as any time that Russell sings the word "Equator," or, as he sings in the chorus (in a layer of echoey falsetto), "Eee-quay-tah, Eee- quay-tah" over and over. It also doesn't help that the song's coda is in much the same vein as the one to "Nothing is Sacred," with Russell singing the word "Equator" a capella and ad nauseum (with occasional interjections of "She said she'd be right there!") over the chorus. What a horrible ending to a mostly great album.

What irritates me most about the drop-off at the end of the album is that the band had some great material in reserve that could have been used instead. The version I have (on a two-fer with Big Beat) contains a pair of fantastic B-sides that would definitely have improved the album with their inclusion. "Barbecutie" is yet more bombastic glam-pop (about a man who's about to be had for dinner), this time put into rocker form and centered around a ripper of a bass riff, and "Lost and Found" is majestic pop (about somebody who finds a lost wallet and feels no remorse for having a good time with it), heavy on guitar and keyboards, which paves the way for the better material on the following Propaganda. Maybe a proper album with these would rate even higher for me (I am giving it a ***** rating, but it's a top 100 album for me, whereas it could be higher in my list), maybe it wouldn't, but just as with a hypothetical Sparks without "Biology 2," I'd have to think about it.

So ok, it's not perfect, but it's still great for the most part, and everybody should hear it at least once. For what it's worth, this album clearly had a major influence on Queen, and I don't like Queen much at all, and I still really like (almost love) this album, so anybody who likes Queen should definitely be all over this.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to tarkus1980 (BETA) | Report this review (#1133227) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

Latest members reviews

5 stars You will occasionally bump into those who lament the contemporary era of music, where good musicians apparently never seem to get popular while in the 70s, apparently again, talent always came to the fore. Well, Sparks is all the proof you will ever need that that is not true. Complex and chall ... (read more)

Report this review (#756648) | Posted by rogerthat | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of SPARKS "Kimono My House"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.71 seconds