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Old 09-06-2010, 04:53 AM   #21 (permalink)
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ELO founder killed by bale of hay - *Music news, latest news, breaking music news, singers, bands, MSN Music - MSN UK
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Today I was listening to "Do Ya," one of my favorite ELO songs of the few I know, and decided the time has come for me to listen to every ELO song that was ever made. I've never done this for a band and I realized I like that song enough to try.

My interest in ELO started this year when I happened to listen more closely than usual to "Do Ya" while it played on the radio. I noticed how much I enjoyed the meshing of string instruments with electric guitar, a combination I have been using myself without being aware of many well-known songs that do this, too. I like the juxtaposition of the rough electric guitar and the sleeker, effervescent strings.

So I searched for an Electric Light Orchestra thread and was pleased to find this one. Then I was saddened when I realized from this last post that the musician I recall hearing had been killed in a freak accident by a hay barrel was none other than ELO's original cellist, Mike Edwards. I hadn't realized this at the time and probably it wouldn't have meant much to me either, since I wasn't familiar with many songs by ELO, or didn't know that some songs I liked *were* by ELO.

I remember at the time of Mike Edwards' death thinking how sad it was that a vibrant human spirit with so much life and so many memories could be snuffed out in such a meaningless and preposterous way. His death struck me again with the cruel irony of life: while living, we have so much going on inside us, and all that can (and will) end so quickly, as if a life were a trivial thing when it *feels* like the most important thing of all.

Back to "Do Ya." The song feels radiant to me and I love listening to it. I decided to look for a YouTube video of a more recent performance than the older one I've seen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwFssgvsC0 ). I found this one that I like:

Electric Light Orchestra's - "Do Ya"
I especially like watching the two cello players. (Cello!! ) I'm planning to tune up my cello and practice it today, and so watching the two cellists inspires me. Although I prefer the official recording of the song because it feels a little rougher and less "clean" than this performance, I really do like Jeff Lynne's voice. He sings easily, effortlessly, and impressively in tune. I also like his electric guitar playing...not flashy, but instead meshing well with the other components of the song.



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If a chicken was smart enough to be able to speak English and run in a geometric pattern, then I think it should be smart enough to dial 911 (999) before getting the axe, and scream to the operator, "Something must be done! Something must be done!"

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Old 06-26-2011, 11:38 PM   #23 (permalink)
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i got the last move album, message from the country, with jeff lynne on it
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:00 AM   #24 (permalink)
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i love 'em to bits

even their throwaway 80s hit singles
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:36 AM   #25 (permalink)
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early stuff was good but after a new world record they started to suck and sound like disco
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:21 PM   #26 (permalink)
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This cover of the Chuck Berry tune was my first notice of ELO on the radio. The elaborate eight-minute single includes an opening musical quote from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and clever interpolations of material from the symphony's first movement.
It became their signature song, and they closed all their concerts with it.

Roll Over Beethoven - Electric Light Orchestra (live)

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Nice cover! I've never seen a violinist with a cape like that. Maybe I should get a cape! :p

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I think death by runaway hay is as good a way to go as any.
If I were able to learn that I had died by runaway hay, at first I'd be pissed off. Then I'd laugh. Then I'd be pissed off. Then I'd laugh again.

Mostly, I'd just be surprised that I could know and learn anything at all!

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In memorium, Mike Edwards is one of the busy cellists in this video, where he can be seen
walking around the stage (from 6:30 to 6:45 he's behind Jeff Lynne bowing his electric guitar).
Yes, I see him, but I think the violinist stole the show with his rapid bowing...and his ketchup-mustard, yellow-spotted, red outfit with cape, of course. My arm almost gets tired as I watch him saw and saw away with that speedy violin bow of his.

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i love 'em to bits

even their throwaway 80s hit singles
I don't know enough of their songs to know yet which are their throwaway 80's hit singles!

I listened to ELO's "Twilight" and liked the sound of it, especially the contrast between their higher and lower notes that they sing. Their clear, strong voices and harmonies remind me of the singing of The Outfield. I also liked the dit-dit-dit of the keyboard in the background:

ELO = "Twilight"

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I don't know enough of their songs to know yet which are their throwaway 80's hit singles!

I listened to ELO's "Twilight" and liked the sound of it, especially the contrast between their higher and lower notes that they sing. Their clear, strong voices and harmonies remind me of the singing of The Outfield. I also liked the dit-dit-dit of the keyboard in the background:

ELO = "Twilight"

80's stuff like "Don't Bring Me Down", "Last Train To London" and "Rock n Roll is King"
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80's stuff like "Don't Bring Me Down", "Last Train To London" and "Rock n Roll is King"
What?!? "Don't Bring Me Down" is one of ELO's throwaway 80's songs?? I like that song!

Now if your name were Bruce, I can understand how you might not like the song, but otherwise, what's not to like? Catchy tune, no? Lyrics aren't too bad, either: "Something something something snake in the grass don't bring me down Bruce something something."

I haven't heard the other two you mention and now I'm curious. Maybe 80's throwaway songs by ELO are just my cup o' tea.

ELO - "Don't Bring Me Down"

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Old 07-03-2011, 06:41 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Most people like the disco ELO, it's cool to like those songs.
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I personally love them but I grew up with them. I suppose they can be called a bombastic pop rock band. Give them a listen on utube. Try the tracks:

Telephone Line
Strange Magic
Rockaria!
Evil Woman
Sweet Talkin' Woman

My favourite album is Discovery. Most of their output after 1981 was below par.
Here you go "Soldier"! ELO..

Telephone Line is my favorite single, then maybe "Do Ya" at 2nd.

Livin' Thing
Cant Get You Out Of My Head
Ma Ma Ma Belle
10538 Overture

Are a few other singles to mention.
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