Monday, 1 February 2010

Chart Tragedy: Honest Men

#86: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the major chart tragedies, for me, was the failure of ELO Part Two's first single from their epomymously titled first album - "Honest Men" [Telstar #ELO100] - to do any better than reach #60 in the UK singles chart during May 1991 whereas it did manage a respectable #36 in the Dutch Top 40 with a nine [9] week chart run.

Yours Truly KJS clearly remembers it being advertised and I still recall hearing it on Radio 1 at the time on not a few occasions. Maybe it was the fact that it was poorly promoted or that the label [Telstar] envoked a kind of musical snobbery not only with ELO fans but also the press/media.

What I do know is that this track is not only a great Eric Troyer composition, it is more 'classic ELO' than some of those classic ELO songs that we all know and love! I listened to it [again] this morning in the car on my way to work. It's just a fantastic song and arrangement. Here are two [2] links to YouTube for the promo video and also for "Honest Men" being performed live with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the NEC, Birmingham back on Tuesday 28th May 1991 thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Feb-2010


  1. Absolutely agree with all if your comment, I was also pleased at the similarity to ELO composition

  2. I remember it being put down in one of the music mags (NME or such) as " more pompous Tory outpourings" or some such comment, not even relative to music. If you were "right on" but couldn't play or sing you were "edgy" and popular (and soon forgotten) but if you were accomplished and actually produced music that could be heard more than once then it was sneered at and given a political label. A phase!

  3. I have the CD album this track comes from

  4. Could not agree more Keith especially regarding the label , but what a tune wonderful stuff!!!

  5. One of the rare and few ELO Part II/The Orchestra songs NOT about love, and I love it.