Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - ELO

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

Qualifying Songs:
Mr Blue Sky, Don't Bring Me Down, Roll Over Beethoven

Not many songs have a fire extinguisher played on them but Mr Blue Sky does which fits in well with the rather eccentric image of ELO.
Jeff Lynne was always the dominant creative force and an exceptional guitar player, 'Roll Over Beethoven' is an amazing example of a blazing guitar solo, and after ELO finished Lynn co-wrote many of Tom Petty's biggest hits.
It's almost impossible to not sing along to 'Mr Blue Sky', one of the great feel-good summer song to great sunburned and stung to.
'Roll Over Beethoven' is one of those rare occasions where the cover is better than the original which shows how impressive the ELO version is because the original was outstanding, if your foot isn't tapping along to it when you hear it then your deaf. 
'Don't Bring Me Down' doesn't have the ELO 'weird' bits and according to Lynn was written after he read about the NASA Skylab space station, which re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in 1979 when he was writing songs for their 'Discovery' album.
That Lynn was later part of the Traveling Wilbury's alongside some of the greats proves just what an amazing talent he is.

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