12 O'Clock Track: Why isn't Sparks' "Girl From Germany" in a slow-motion movie scene?

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A Woofer in Tweeters Clothing
  • A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
A recent discovery getting heavy rotation in my apartment is Sparks' sophomore album, 1972's A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing. The LP kicks off with its strongest cut, the single "Girl From Germany." A glam-rock strut about generational disconnects that arise from the fallout of World War II, it's the kind of great art-rock song that cloaks a brainy narrative in tough posturing. The song is aided by producer Thaddeus James Lowe, an engineer for Todd Rundgren who makes the songs on A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing sound like they're recorded onto cassette tape, as if the songs are wearing leather jackets. "Girl From Germany" would be perfect, however, as a soundtrack to a slow-motion scene in a movie, kind of like this, this, this, and this. Don't believe me? Hear it for yourself below.

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