Since 2009. Yours Truly KJS. Founder of elobeatlesforever or elobf, a popular fan site still campaigning for the official release of "Beatles Forever" whilst covering all things ELO, Roy Wood & related with now over 3.8 million views at the time of writing!
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Exclusive New BGO Single: ELO Forever
#698: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was perhaps inevitable that, as a result of the friendship between Yours Truly KJS here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and Michael Laine Hildebrandt of Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO], that the marvellous news that the lead single from BGO's highly anticipated fourth studio album "Beyond Time" [and it really is well worth the wait folks!] will be the wonderfully titled "ELO Forever", truly sets the senses tingling for this particular ELO fan. You may [or may not] be aware that ELOBF started back in 2009 initially to campaign for the release of "Secret Messages" in its originally intended format [its mission has since expanded!]. So, to be announcing the release of this wonderful tribute to the influence and legacy of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] really is truly thrilling.
I've had the great privilege of listening to "ELO Forever" [3:57] for the last couple of weeks - I'm listening to it again as I write this! And it still brings a smile to my face with the clever use of ELO song lyrics over a tune replete with nice guitar riffs and a sweet repeating piano tickle. Add to that layered backing vocals with a hint of vocoder as well as that anthemic chorus and you have a superb ELO themed single!
I remember asking Mike if he would consider a cover of "Beatles Forever" what seems like eons ago but I never imagined that the BGO maestro would come up with this! So earlier today, I asked Michael for an overview of his new single and he told ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] this:
"I have always been intrigued with the mystery surrounding ELO's song, "Beatles Forever". From the time that I learned about the existence of that song, I've always believed that it would be nice to write a song paying homage to the Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne's fine work. I thought it would be different and unique to write a song which only included ELO song titles to make up the storyline. It was challenging to do this and make it all sound "right" and cohesive. I started writing it several years ago and then put it on a shelf until Keith James Sinclair at ELO Beatles Forever sparked my interest again this past year during the writing of "Beyond Time". It is a nice little song that I hope ELO fans will enjoy for years to come!"