In our interview with Martin Gordon
, who played bass for Sparks during the Kimono My House
era, he told us about the initial arranging of this song: "After some months of rehearsing in a condemned slum in the (aptly-named) World's End in London's Chelsea, we moved to a dance studio in Clapham. Here, thanks to the full-length mirrors lining the walls, one could simultaneously pirouette and practice perfect pliés whilst performing the tunes, which suited certain members down to the ground. One day, Ron Mael brought 'This Town' in, and we set about creating a fitting arrangement. He played the changes chordally, and I picked out a monophonic line, which (guitar player) Adrian Fisher doubled. It seemed to work, and so we hung the song around it." Gordon went on to reveal the song's bass line was inspired by Yes: "I threw in a few fleeting references to 'Close to the Edge
,' which no one seemed to identify, so I think I got away with that. Ron expressed pleased surprise at the outcome, in that he 'had not thought of that change as being a riff,' but nonetheless that was how it came out. Confirmation came from the record company, when they attended rehearsals - we seemed to be on to something."