Saturday, 15 October 2011

John Lennon on ELO: Son of Beatles

John Lennon: Re-Imagined for the 2012 London Olympics
#263: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Most of you know that the original inspiration for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) was the enigmatic ELO track "Beatles Forever" from ELO's "Secret Messages" sessions in 1982-83. ELOBF has indeed expanded in scope since then but I thought it apt to return to the principle fact that "I Am The Walrus" was the inspiration for Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne to create The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO):

It's also important to remember what one of those Fab Four once uttered themselves. On Saturday 28th September 1974John Lennon made that now famous statement on NYC radio station WNEW-FM wherein he said that ELO were the "son of (The) Beatles" as he introduced ELO and, of course, "Showdown". Here is the transcript of those famous words for you to peruse:

"We're gonna play Electric Light Orchestra from last year - "Showdown" - which I thought was a great record and I was expecting it to be number one but I don't think UA got their fingers out and pushed it. And it's a nice group. I call them 'son of Beatles' - although they're doing things that we never did, obviously. But I remember the statement they made when they first formed was to carry on where 'The Beatles' left off with "Walrus" - and they certainly did ..." (end quote)

We should also never forget that the magnificent "21st Century Man" on ELO's "Time" album (1981) was Jeff Lynne's poignant tribute to John Lennon. not forgetting that ELO also performed "Across The Universe" during the "Time" tour for the same reason.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2011

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