Friday, December 30, 2011

Big Production

Happy birthday, Jeff Lynne. He was the main creative force behind ELO.  The band started as a fusion of rock and classical, but they moved beyond that into a pop-rock band with less pretension but heavy production from Lynne.

Lynne had been influenced by the Beatles, and in 1987 he helped put George Harrison back on top by producing his #1 hit "Got My Mind Set On You":

This led to the Traveling Wilburys, with Lynne, Harrison and Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Too often supergroups are less than the sum of their part, but this one really rocked. A lot of the credit goes to Lynne, whose production helped put it over the top.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always suspected "Its a Living Thing" was an abortion song though apart from the obvious lines in the main chorus I couldn't figure out what side it was on- i.e. was it just what we would later term ironic?

My friends I think had it right though - like many pop songs, it was just some dude who had a break up and whined about it rhythmically.

7:23 AM, December 30, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People called things ironic back then, too. (And the unintentional use of the phrase "later term" in a discussion of abortion is also sort of ironic.)

10:18 AM, December 30, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used 'ironic' according to the dictionary back then. Now use of "ironic" is "ironic" in a post-Letterman sense. (and thank god it didn't die on 9-11 )

5:09 AM, December 31, 2011  

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