It was released as the second single from their album Kimono My House. Bassist Martin Gordon was requested to replace his original bass part recorded using a Rickenbacker bass with a Fender Precision bass, belonging to his subsequent replacement in the band. A re-recording was produced in for the retrospective Plagiarism album. This new version was given a complete electronic synthpop overhaul and was performed with Erasure. On 25 June , 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 tracks that had been recently played on Lamb's BBC Radio 6 Music show.