This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of us – Sparks (1974)

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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of us by American glam rock band, Sparks. The record was released in 1974, on the Island record label and has been reworked into the bandana and hat wearing western cowboy.

Presented in a satin black box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of us
Media Artist/s: Sparks
Record Label: Island
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Rock / Glam Rock

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Additional information about this, Sparks vinyl art.

Sparks – The Artist

Sparks is an American pop and rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals). The duo formed in 1968 under the name Halfnelson. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks’ music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell’s animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron’s deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael’s distinctive wide-ranging voice and Ron Mael’s intricate and rhythmic keyboard playing style. While achieving chart success in various countries around the world, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, Sparks reinvented themselves as a new wave/synth-pop band, and abandoned the traditional rock band line-up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music.

This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of us – The Song

This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of us isa song written by Ron Mael of the American pop group Sparks. It is the opening track on their 1974 album Kimono My House, and was the lead single from the album, reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart. The original idea for the song was that after each verse Russell Mael would sing a movie dialogue cliché, one of which was “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us”. They dropped the idea of having different phrases and instead used only the one in the title. The original working title of the song was “Too Hot to Handle”. Producer Muff Winwood used distinctive Western movie-style gunshots on the recording after a suggestion from engineer Dave Hutchins. Hutchins added the sound effect after he felt the recorded track ‘was missing something’, sourcing the gunshots from a BBC sound effects LP ‘borrowed’ from his previous workplace at the corporation.

The Western Cowboy – The Shape

Modelled into a wide brimmed hat and badanna wearing America cowboy.  A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend. Cowboys are often depicted as in movies as trigger happy gunslingers forever fighting amongst themselves.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm

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