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Amateur Hour
Amateur Hour cover
German 7" single
{{{Type}}} by Sparks
Released 1974
Genre
Length 3:37
Label Island
Producer Muff Winwood
Sparks chronology
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
(1974)
"Amateur Hour"
(1974)
"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth"
(1974)

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"Amateur Hour" is a song by Sparks. It was released as the second single from their 1974 album Kimono My House. Bassist Martin Gordon was requested to replace his original bass part (recorded using a Rickenbacker 4001 bass) with a Fender Precision bass, belonging to his subsequent replacement in the band. [1]

A re-recording was produced in 1997 for the retrospective Plagiarism album. This new version was given a complete electronic synthpop overhaul and was performed with Erasure.

On 25 June 2009, the song "Amateur Hour" was featured in a stunt when UK magician and mentalist Mark Cairns predicted that radio personality George Lamb would choose the Sparks song, in a free choice from a list of 100 tracks that had been recently played on Lamb's BBC Radio 6 Music show.[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Amateur Hour" — 3:37
  2. "Lost and Found" — 3:21

PersonnelEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Chart Peak
position
U.K. Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 12
Irish Singles Chart 19

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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