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YMMV / Electric Light Orchestra

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  • Awesome Music:
    • "Fire on High", alternating between symphonic bombast and acoustic rocking-out. Would also make good boss music for a video game.
    • EVERYTHING about "Evil Woman", really.
    • The Motor Mouth bridge to "Turn to Stone". This gets a lot of cheers when played live.
    • "Rockaria!" Who knew glam rock, symphonic rock and opera could mesh so well together?
    • The group's 1981 concept album "Time" is pretty much the literal definition of this to some. Every song is varied and evokes a different atmosphere, the instrumentals are awesome (despite the lack of an acoustic string section) and the bone-chilling Prologue really establishes the hauntingly surreal, futuristic tone of the album.
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    • ELO's earlier concept album, "Eldorado: A Symphony", is also this. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (notable as the group's first major chart hit) in particular qualifies.
    • "Mr. Blue Sky". It's impossible to listen too without feeling happy or at least cracking a smile.
    • Discovery, maligned though it is by some parts of ELO's fanbase, has some fantastic songs. "Shine a Little Love" and "Last Train to London" are the two best of them.
  • Broken Base: A common argument still being fought is whether ELO was better led under Jeff Lynne or Roy Wood. Other arguments can be had at all the albums after Out of the Blue.
  • Covered Up: Jeff Lynne did this to his own song by having ELO cover The Move's "Do Ya". According to drummer Bev Bevans, they only did it after Todd Rundgren kept getting "Do Ya" attributed to him (Rundgren's band Utopia had recorded a well-received version that was a live concert staple for them, so Utopia had Covered Up the song as well).
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Progressive Rock fans tend not to care for their later, poppier work, as evidenced by the hate for Discovery noted below.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Reportedly, Twilight became an otaku anthem after use in the famous opening animation for Daicon IV.
  • Face of the Band: Jeff Lynne. Then again, with that afro and Cool Shades, it's pretty hard to miss him.
  • Fan Nickname: Disco? Very! (also known as Very Disco). It wasn't a fan who coined the nickname though, but keyboardist Richard Tandy!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Don't bring me down, GROOSS".
    • In the album Time we have "Yours truly , 2095" a song about a man falling in love with his computer thanks to her voice. A few years later we got a film (Her) with the same plot.
    • Even better before this one we had movie with the opposite plot ... with two songs by Jeff Lynne !
  • Hype Backlash: One of the worst victims of this trope. While they were extremely popular during their heyday, people began putting them down as "generic synthpop drivel" after their decline. This trend seems to be reversing itself now, though.
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  • Moment of Awesome: As of December 2016, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Richard Tandy, and Bev Bevan are inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as ELO!
  • More Popular Spin-Off: The band was originally started as a side project of The Move. Then the Move broke up and Roy Wood left for a solo career after ELO's first album. Then ELO got popular. Most notably, ELO hit it big in America, which The Move never managed to do.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The chorus of "Evil Woman."
  • Narm Charm:
    • Jeff Lynne himself sees some of ELO's work as this.
    Some of these songs are so over the top it's amazing.
    • "Jungle" has the line "chooka chooka hoo la ley" in its chorus, a line which cements itself in "So stupid it's genius".
    • "Summer and Lightning"'s brief sample of "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band, the brief bit of carnival music between the lines "It's a merry-go-round" and the chorus of "Endless Lies", and the use of the tunes "Rain Rain Go Away" and "It's Raining It's Pouring" during "Rain Is Falling" could be considered this as well.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Fire On High", at least until the guitar comes in.
    • The Last Note Nightmare example from The Diary of Horace Wimp.
    • The robotic vocoded voice that says "Please turn me over" at the end of "Mr. Blue Sky".
  • Signature Song: "Don't Bring Me Down", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Evil Woman", "Hold On Tight", etc. Among anime fans, "Prelude/Twilight" is a huge one, thanks to its (unauthorized) use in Studio Gainax's promotional animation for the Daicon IV convention in 1983.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many fans weren't happy with Discovery, claiming ELO sold out to disco.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • "Mr. Blue Sky" was not one of the band's biggest hits upon initial release, peaking at #6 in the UK during a period when most of the band's singles went Top 10 anyway, and only managed #37 in the US. However, since being featured in dozens of commercials and movie trailers since the mid-90s, its easily become their most recognizable song and its garnered critical attention from - of all people - indie rock fans.
      • Indie fans likely know it from the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" or Doctor Who. If anything, causing renewed Hype Backlash from old-school fans who see the younger generation as late to the party, and co-opting something because it's "cool".
      • Then it got used as the opening sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, introducing another generation to the song.
    • Many fans didn't like Discovery back in the day claiming ELO sold out to disco but is now one of their most popular albums since the reappraisal of disco itself.


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