Angst in My Pants is the eleventh album by Sparks. The album was released by Atlantic Records in both the US and UK, and this was the 6th overall label that the band was signed to in the US, and, for the first time since the mid-1970s, the band would be signed to just one label in both the US and UK for 3 whole albums.
Angst in My Pants marked the second occasion that Ron Mael and Russell Mael worked with the backing band of guitarist Bob Haag, bassist Leslie Bohem, and drummer David Kendrick. Additionally James Goodwin augmented the line up playing synthesizers. The album was recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, produced by Mack in association with Giorgio Moroder Enterprises. The recording of the album was the second and last time that Sparks worked with Mack.
The single "I Predict" became Sparks' first hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #60 in May 1982. This was the first time since the release of "Wonder Girl" in 1971 that Sparks had enjoyed moderate success on the US single charts. An extended remix of "I Predict" was released as a club promo while the 7" single was backed with the album track "Moustache". The video for "I Predict" was directed by David Lynch.
"Angst In Your Pants" and "Eaten by the Monster of Love" were both used in the movie Valley Girl, a romantic comedy released in 1983. "Eaten by the Monster of Love" was also featured in the 2009 horror movie Cabin Fever 2.