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(Rolling Stone)   Not surprising: Jeff Lynne of ELO sums up his life in songs he wrote or produced. Surprising: He has never seen Xanadu - the movie he wrote half the soundtrack for - and never will   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-12-30 12:59:24 PM  
We actually picked up Xanadu from the Wal-Mart blu-ray bargain bin recently and watched it. Neither of us had ever seen it.

As musicals go, it sucked less than most.
 
2017-12-30 01:06:35 PM  
A wise man.
 
2017-12-30 01:50:16 PM  
There's always room for ELO.
 
2017-12-30 03:03:33 PM  
I prefer the original.

Rush - Xanadu
Youtube SEuOoMprDqg
 
2017-12-30 03:04:50 PM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: We actually picked up Xanadu from the Wal-Mart blu-ray bargain bin recently and watched it. Neither of us had ever seen it.

As musicals go, it sucked less than most.


LOL.

Back when I was growing up it TOOK OFF in our neighborhood with all the kids who had HBO.  I just know that it dropped right around the time my balls did and Olivia Newton-John was ridiculously hot at the time.

I saw that movie probably twenty times, but I couldn't tell you any more about the plot than some dude skated through a mural on a brick wall and had to build a roller disco joint because of it.
 
2017-12-30 03:14:07 PM  
I've always been a big fan of Jeff Lynne.  He's just a really good dude.
 
2017-12-30 04:13:38 PM  
Roy Wood >>>> Jeff Lynne
 
2017-12-30 04:16:09 PM  
jesus christ i thought jeff was good enough before i knew he co-wrote one of tom petty's best songs and one of roy orbison's best songs
 
2017-12-30 04:23:56 PM  
It had Gene Kelly in it.

It was awesome for that.
 
2017-12-30 04:35:54 PM  

PainInTheASP: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: We actually picked up Xanadu from the Wal-Mart blu-ray bargain bin recently and watched it. Neither of us had ever seen it.

As musicals go, it sucked less than most.

LOL.

Back when I was growing up it TOOK OFF in our neighborhood with all the kids who had HBO.  I just know that it dropped right around the time my balls did and Olivia Newton-John was ridiculously hot at the time.


I finally got around to seeing "Grease" a couple years ago, and you're right.  ONJ was an incredibly hot 30-year old teenager.
 
2017-12-30 04:42:12 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I've always been a big fan of Jeff Lynne.  He's just a really good dude.


I'd like to think that you don't get into the Traveling Willburys by accident. Petty, Harrison, Dylan and Orbison are some pretty good effing references.
 
2017-12-30 04:44:08 PM  
He has not seen it, but he has seen the mansion the soundtrack royalties bought, and it is very nice indeed.
 
2017-12-30 05:13:01 PM  

TheLopper: Marcus Aurelius: I've always been a big fan of Jeff Lynne.  He's just a really good dude.

I'd like to think that you don't get into the Traveling Willburys by accident. Petty, Harrison, Dylan and Orbison are some pretty good effing references.


I recall Petty saying he felt unworthy to be in such company, but the others seemed to realize he was up to par.
 
2017-12-30 05:14:41 PM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: We actually picked up Xanadu from the Wal-Mart blu-ray bargain bin recently and watched it. Neither of us had ever seen it.

As musicals go, it sucked less than most.


It was a fun, stupid movie with a great soundtrack.

And it had way more of a plot than the average modern popcorn movie, which is generally stupider, and usually without the great soundtrack.
 
2017-12-30 05:16:07 PM  
I saw Xanadu when I was in middle school. The plot was corny. But the scenes with the sound track and the choreographing were pretty awesome. I had a cassette of the sound track and played is a lot while skating in the day.
 
2017-12-30 05:22:08 PM  
Xanadu is 50% amazing (although you might have to squint a little) and 50% utter trainwreck.

In its defense . . . it was originally designed as rollerdisco film, but then the producers found out that two or three other rollerdisco films were supposed to come out at the same time. So they retooled it at the last minute. This is why there's some horrible dubbing, some poor camerawork and shoddy editing on clearly Busby Berkeley-esque gala musical numbers. The biggest Tubes number has no backgrounds; ONJ performs a number just standing in a dark room.

And in the one big rollerskating number that does remain, the male lead had a twisted ankle, and the skating had to be toned down to a teen Couples Only level.

But there's some extravaganza remaining, plus Gene Kelly pretending to play a clarinet in a manner that suggests he's trying to sink a ship on the horizon.
 
2017-12-30 05:36:44 PM  

Valiente: TheLopper: Marcus Aurelius: I've always been a big fan of Jeff Lynne.  He's just a really good dude.

I'd like to think that you don't get into the Traveling Willburys by accident. Petty, Harrison, Dylan and Orbison are some pretty good effing references.

I recall Petty saying he felt unworthy to be in such company, but the others seemed to realize he was up to par.


Musically, he was. Dylan, Harrison and Orbison were already bonafide legends by then. Petty wasn't there yet. Being in that band sure helped.

Awesome to learn the lyrics to Showdown were meaningless. Kinda figured. Makes this scene in Kingpin (also meaningless) that much better.

BIG ERN MCCRACKEN.. KINGPIN..SHOWDOWN....Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Youtube 5pUTQ3UM0H8
 
2017-12-30 05:38:11 PM  
While I found Xanadu, as a whole, difficult to watch, there are several songs from it that I like quite a bit.
The movie appanrently suffers from the same thing that ruined the Sgt. Pepper movie (starring the BeeGees), too much 70's cocaine.

As a writer, I like the movie's premise of the Muses coming to life to help an aspiring artist. I often play this song to synchronize my brain before epic writing sessions:

ELO - I'm Alive (from Xanadu) (1980)
Youtube J9YIfEzXSHA
 
2017-12-30 05:48:18 PM  
Peak ONJ IMHO
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2017-12-30 06:09:54 PM  

elkboy: There's always room for ELO.


You had me at ELO.
 
2017-12-30 06:14:27 PM  
I just saw Guardians2 for the first time a couple days ago, and really like the Mr Blue Sky scene.
Apparently, the little twiggy feller dancing is named Groot:
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 Groot Dances to Mr Blue Sky HD
Youtube cBzFA-DUGpE
 
2017-12-30 06:15:17 PM  
Starlight Express.
 
2017-12-30 06:25:35 PM  
BalugaJoe: Starlight Express.

Seriously, toy trains in love . . . but, frankly, I think Cats is worse than Xanadu

Webber is difficult because his stuff seems like self-parody. It's hard to take seriously, and if you take it seriously it's just hard to take.

I recommend the film The Tall Guy.
 
2017-12-30 06:40:02 PM  

RandomAxe: BalugaJoe: Starlight Express.

Seriously, toy trains in love . . . but, frankly, I think Cats is worse than Xanadu

Webber is difficult because his stuff seems like self-parody. It's hard to take seriously, and if you take it seriously it's just hard to take.

I recommend the film The Tall Guy.


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ELEPHANT!
 
2017-12-30 06:53:34 PM  

Miss Stein: RandomAxe: BalugaJoe: Starlight Express.

Seriously, toy trains in love . . . but, frankly, I think Cats is worse than Xanadu

Webber is difficult because his stuff seems like self-parody. It's hard to take seriously, and if you take it seriously it's just hard to take.

I recommend the film The Tall Guy.

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ELEPHANT!


"Somewhere Up In Heaven, There's An Angel With Big Ears!"
 
2017-12-30 06:53:40 PM  

bearded clamorer: I prefer the original.

[YouTube video: Rush - Xanadu]


Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - The Legend Of Xanadu - HQ
Youtube rsExj_0IHEs
 
2017-12-30 07:06:47 PM  
We have something in common . I have never seen Xanadu and never will .
 
2017-12-30 07:16:20 PM  
Give me some breakfast over America anytime.
 
2017-12-30 08:06:10 PM  

cleveoh: Miss Stein: RandomAxe: BalugaJoe: Starlight Express.

Seriously, toy trains in love . . . but, frankly, I think Cats is worse than Xanadu

Webber is difficult because his stuff seems like self-parody. It's hard to take seriously, and if you take it seriously it's just hard to take.

I recommend the film The Tall Guy.

[img.fark.net image 850x478][View Full Size image _x_]

ELEPHANT!

"Somewhere Up In Heaven, There's An Angel With Big Ears!"


♫  "Every time I think he's staying, it looks like he's packing his trunk..."♫
 
2017-12-30 08:21:58 PM  

RottenEggs: We have something in common . I have never seen Xanadu and never will .


You are really missing a treat. Peak ONJ, Gene Kelly, really catchy music, and the guy from the Warriors trying his best.
 
2017-12-30 08:25:10 PM  
In a bizarre twist of fate ELO never had a number one hit.

So they can only release a double LP length set of 'songs you love' or something like that.


Seriously, Avril Lavigne has two number ones.
 
2017-12-30 08:38:44 PM  

NathanAllen: In a bizarre twist of fate ELO never had a number one hit.


Neither did The Clash or The Ramones, or The Kinks, or Nirvana, or The Who, or Led Zeppelin, or Jimi Hendrix, or Bob Dylan.

But Avril Lavigne has two.
 
2017-12-30 08:44:02 PM  
CSB: at that age I thought Olivia was the pretty part of a trio called Olivia, Luke and John.
 
2017-12-30 09:35:15 PM  
ELO has always been a bucket list concert for me. glad I get to check that off my list next summer

and back about 20 years ago or so, I used to frequent this country dive bar that had one of those CD jukeboxes.  99 of the 100 discs in the thing were filled with both kinds of music - country and western, but they did have the Traveling Wilbury's Volume 1 in there.  we'd play the heck out of that album since it was the only music that wouldn't put us to sleep.  an amazing album and super group - too bad they didn't have more time together to record more and possibly tour.

/miss that bar. the owner was one of the cheapest guys on the planet.
//they had a TV but he wouldn't allow the bartenders to turn it on because he was afraid patrons would watch that and not play the jukebox, depriving him of a quarter every four minutes
///he used cheap paper towels for beer coasters. after they were used, he'd hang the paper towels on a line in the kitchen, dry them out, and reuse them as beer coasters.
////he'd throw you out if you were having too much fun
//he did have a fantastic draft system for his beer though.
 
2017-12-30 09:39:42 PM  

bearded clamorer: I prefer the original.


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2017-12-30 09:53:42 PM  
I caught half of Xanadu years back, and DVRed it off of TCM's Underground block last weekend. It was a lot of fun but very cheesy. There were some very good and original concepts with the choreography and music, especially the number with the jazz music and "modern" music, I thought.
 
2017-12-30 09:54:40 PM  
I just want to go on the record to say that Roy Orbison had one of the greatest voices ever.

/That is all
 
2017-12-30 10:20:48 PM  
Michael Beck once said The Warriors started his career and Xanadu ended it
 
2017-12-30 11:02:55 PM  
 
2017-12-31 12:58:37 AM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: Roy Wood >>>> Jeff Lynne


Yes, Jeff, Roy was in The Move. And in '72, so were you.
 
2017-12-31 10:07:35 AM  
I know someone who used to date Olivia. They're apparently still in touch. Upon learning that I asked him to pass on a message thanking her for a stellar puberty.
 
2017-12-31 10:46:20 AM  
ELO - Fire on High.

One of the best pieces ever recorded.

And I agree that Roy Orbison is one of the best voices ever.
 
2017-12-31 10:48:37 AM  

phishrace: Valiente: TheLopper: Marcus Aurelius: I've always been a big fan of Jeff Lynne.  He's just a really good dude.

I'd like to think that you don't get into the Traveling Willburys by accident. Petty, Harrison, Dylan and Orbison are some pretty good effing references.

I recall Petty saying he felt unworthy to be in such company, but the others seemed to realize he was up to par.

Musically, he was. Dylan, Harrison and Orbison were already bonafide legends by then. Petty wasn't there yet. Being in that band sure helped.

Awesome to learn the lyrics to Showdown were meaningless. Kinda figured. Makes this scene in Kingpin (also meaningless) that much better.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/5pUTQ3UM​0H8]


That song is so fitting for that scene, I love it.
 
2017-12-31 10:53:56 AM  
 
2017-12-31 01:14:47 PM  

Free Radical: NathanAllen: In a bizarre twist of fate ELO never had a number one hit.

Neither did The Clash or The Ramones, or The Kinks, or Nirvana, or The Who, or Led Zeppelin, or Jimi Hendrix, or Bob Dylan.

But Avril Lavigne has two.


Or Bruce Springsteen, or James Brown.

But Avril Lavigne has two. one, actually.
 
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