SIGIHT (Song I’m Glad I Heard Today): Electric Light Orchestra “10538 Overture”

If all goes to plan, a recurring feature of this newfangled blog will be the SIGIHT (pronounced SIG-it). It’s merely a song that grabs me on a particular day in a particular way, and I’d like to share the wealth and grab you with it, too.

UK album title: "Electric Light Orchestra."  US album title: "No Answer." The US record label called band management in the UK to confirm the title, and lacking said information said merely "No answer."  Good thing they didn't say "Who the fuck knows?  Nobody tells me anything around here..."
UK album title: “Electric Light Orchestra.” US album title: “No Answer.” The US record label called band management in the UK to confirm the title, and lacking said information said merely “No answer.” Good thing they didn’t say “Who the fuck knows? Nobody tells me anything around here…”

I plugged the ol’ iPod in with my morning coffee and got the New Year going with the first song from the very first Electric Light Orchestra album, “10538 Overture.” The song really doesn’t resemble the classic hit-making ELO most are familiar with, but this song was a big success in Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood’s native England, and straddles that stylistic median between ELO and the duo’s previous band, The Move.

I love how talented multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood saws away at his cello throughout this song.  I also remember how delighted I was when this song popped up in American Hustle, a film that surprised me yet again when I figured out half of it was shot in my old Worcester, Massachusetts stomping grounds.

Jeff Lynne gave his first ELO performance in years in London a few months back.  Let’s hope he takes to the road in the States this year, and that he at least totes Richard Tandy around with him so it’s not merely Jeff Lynne and his string players (though honestly, once Roy Wood quit ELO, isn’t that what it was anyway?)

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