Watch Sparks perform a frenzied This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us in 1974

Close-up of Ron Mael onstage on The Midnight Special
(Image credit: The Midnight Special)

A video of art-rockers Sparks performing their classic This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us on The Midnight Special is among the latest footage to be uploaded to the show's official YouTube channel.  

The footage was broadcast on November 15, 1974 – five months after This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us hit the #2 spot on the UK chart – and comes from a show that was hosted by comedian George Carlin, and also featured music from The Kiki Dee Band, Roger McGuinn and Roy Wood's Wizzard. 

Sparks also performed Talent Is an Asset, Amateur Hour and Here In Heaven on the show, with all four tracks taken from the duo's third album Kimono My House, which had been released the previous April.  

Sparks' appearance on The Midnight Special was part of a concerted effort by Island Records to promote the band, and also saw them feature on In Concert – where they were introduced by Ringo Starr and Keith Moon – and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, as well as on an eight-song radio show later released as Live At The Record Plant. 

Sparks are currently on tour in Europe, and will hit the US later this month. Full dates below. 

Sparks 2023 tour dates

Jun 13: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 14: Utrecht TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal, Netherlands
Jun 16: Copenhagen Store Vega, Denmark
Jun 18: Berlin Tempodrom, Germany
Jun 20: Brussels Cirque Royal, Belgium
Jun 22: Wolverhampton The Civic at The Halls, UK
Jun 27: New York Beacon Theatre, NY, USA
Jun 28: Philadelphia Keswick Theatre, PA, USA
Jun 30: Washington Lincoln Theatre, DC, USA
Jul 01: Boston The Wilbur, MA, USA
Jul 03: Toronto Danforth Music Hall ON, Canada
Jul 05: Chicago Copernicus Center IL, USA
Jul 06: Milwaukee Pabst Theater WI, USA
Jul 08: Kansas City Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, MO, USA
Jul 09: Boulder Theater, CO, USA
Jul 12: Dallas Texas Theatre, TX, USA
Jul 13: Austin ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, TX, USA
Jul 16: Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl CA, USA
Jul 24: Osaka Namba Hatch, Japan
Jul 25: Tokyo Line Cube Shibuya, Japan

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 37 years in music industry, online for 24. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.