This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us (3:02)

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“This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” is a 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 two in the UK singles chart.

The original idea for the song was that after each verse Russell 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.

An acoustic version of the song was recorded in 1985 for the B-side of the Change single.

In 1997, Sparks recorded two new versions of the song. The first was an orchestral reworking produced by Tony Visconti which reinstated a verse Muff Winwood had cut from the original. The other was for their album Plagiarism as a collaboration with Faith No More, which was released as a single and reached number forty in the British singles chart.

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