Thursday, 28 May 2009

Calling All Honest Men #1

#30: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has now received a formal reply from Eric Troyer of ELO Part II and The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] regarding the inspiration behind his classic 1990 composition "Honest Men" [Telstar; #ELO100]. I asked Eric this somewhat direct question:

"Eric, I’ve always rated your composition “Honest Men”. And I would love to hear it live again. But could you tell me what was your inspiration? What was the driver behind this track?"

Eric kindly answered my question on Saturday 16th May thus:

"The inspiration was that there’s too much corruption and dishonesty in our public figures … even the honest ones still bend the rules …look at your latest scandal in the UK, all the MP’s, not just one party, all of them, seem to have been taking a bit too much from the public funds … it’s outrageous … especially in these difficult times … doesn’t do much to add to the public confidence in government … but that’s what the song was about … and I was thinking about it when our elections were coming around … I think Obama was a breath of fresh air in government, and he’s now having to bend his ideals to the realities of governing ... I still think he’s a game changing leader." 

Everyone has a right to their own opinion about President Barack Hussein Obama. He certainly is "game changing", that's for sure, whether that is for the better remains to be seen. A change is not always for the better and change for changes sake isn't the best motive or mandate, in my opinion. As to when this song was written in 1990, the issues that Eric wrote about in "Honest Men" then are still more than relevant here in 2009 - almost two decades later! Not just regarding our government but also the hidden, secret government[s] that exist above the 'public' government.

Calling All Honest Men #2

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] wishes to thank to Eric Troyer for his succinct response and continues to recommend Eric to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artists.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-May-2009


  1. I've always thought that it was also about the formation of ELO Part 2, and needing some "honest men" (musicians) to prevent the (space-) ship from going down