“We were very happy that Island Records allowed us not to have the name of the band nor the album title on the front cover. We thought the image alone would speak loudly enough. Try to get a company to go along with that concept today!" - Russell Mael
The sleeve for the “Kimono My House” LP was way ahead of its time: no band name or title, just two harshly-lit, slightly low-rent geishas, one shocked by something out of shot, one unshockable. No band name or title, just these japanese women on a green background. The geishas were supposed to look elegant and naughty. The photo by Karl Stoeker used for the front cover was an outtake that happened at the end of the session that everybody thought worked.
“We were both actresses touring with a Japanese theatre company in Europe and the USA. My husband Joji Hirota was musical director. A record company (Island records) approached our director looking for Japanese women, and we were asked to do the modeling. I am the woman on the right (with a fan)" - Michi Hirota