The Move were band of opposites: on their debut album alone, raucous songs like Fire Brigade co-existed alongside airy psychedelic pop like Flowers in the Rain. Initially, their manager Tony Secunda gave them a tough-guy image, complete with a stage act where they smashed cars and televisions. Luckily, the band had the killer songs and instrumental chops to be much more than a gimmicky novelty band. When former Idle Race member Jeff Lynne joined in 1969, they began their transition to orchestral Beatlesque pop rock, finally morphing into Electric Light Orchestra.
- Bev Bevan — drums (1965-1971)
- Trevor Burton guitar, bass (1965-1969)
- Ace Kefford bass (1965-1968)
- Jeff Lynne — guitar, keyboards, lead and backing vocals (1969-1971)
- Rick Price bass (1969-1971)
- Carl Wayne vocals (1965-1969)
- Roy Wood — guitar, keyboards, lead and backing vocals, bass, recorder, assorted other instruments (1965-1971)
- 1968 — Move
- 1970 — Shazam
- 1970 — Looking On
- 1971 — Message from the Country
Tropes associated with The Move include:
- Author Existence Failure: Carl Wayne, who passed away in 2004.
- Badass Beard: Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne
- Darkerand Edgier: "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" from Shazam, a heavier, more ominous remake of "Cherry Blossom Clinic" from the band's debut.
- Epic Rocking: The band did a lot of this from Shazam onward.
- Harsherin Hindsight: See Sanity Slippage below. Bassist Ace Kefford has suffered heavily from mental illness since he left the band.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Blackberry Way," a number 1 hit in Britain, has a cheerfully stomping melody and downer lyrics.
- Mood Whiplash: A trip through the bands singles from 1966 onward guarantees this.
- Older Than They Think: See Rock Me, Amadeus!, below. The band invoked this trope in 1966, before the Beatles or succeeding progressive rock artists even thought of incorporating classical elements. ELO was a natural progression for the band.
- Revolving Door Band: Seven members in little more than five years.
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: The riff for the band's first hit, "Night of Fear," is based on Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
- Sanity Slippage: Cherry Blossom Clinic, Disturbance
- Something Blues: "Turkish Tram Conductor Blues"
- Spiritual Successor: In addition to ELO, Cheap Trick, who, among other things, covered "Blackberry Way."
- Step Uptothe Microphone: Drummer Bev Bevan sings lead on a cover of "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart."