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Birmingham, England (1970 – 1983, 1985 – 1986, 2000 – 2001)

Electric Light Orchestra were a band which formed in Birmingham, England in 1970. The band was formed by Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, multiple instruments), Roy Wood (multiple instruments, vocals), Richard Tandy (keyboards, vocals) and Bev Bevan (drums). Lynne, Wood and Bevan were former members of the psychedelic rock band The Move. The band’s lineup would fluctuate throughout its original incarnation, although Lynne, Tandy and Bevan would remain constant members.

They incorporated the sounds of string ensembles, vocoders and dub echos into rock songs, thereby creating a very sophisticated studio version of rock. The musical content of ELO songs often went far beyond usual chord structures, mixing pop songwriting with classical romanticism and synthesized sounds. The band claim that their music “picks up where The Beatles’ 1967 song I Am the Walrus left off.”

Formed in 1970 by Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan (the remaining members of the 1960s rock group The Move). The band used cellos, violin, horns and woodwinds to give their music a classical sound. This was an idea Roy Wood initially had while with The Move, to take rock music in a new direction. In 1970 when Carl Wayne left the The Move, Jeff Lynne, front man with fellow Brum band Idle Race, responded to Wood’s second invitation to join the line-up, with the lure of starting the new band.

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  • flowwwz

    there was always something strange and implacable about this band for me, and I don't mean that as being a bad thing. this weird, beardy, hook-y 50s prog-pop soaked in moog and chorus effect... just where exactly were they coming from with this vision? really bizarre.

    4 Jul 8:11am Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    i'm addicted

    2 Jul 12:42am Reply
  • AssD

    ELO is playing in Hyde Park in September!!!

    21 Jun 5:32am Reply
  • seventiesgeez

    Jeff Lynne, genius. Out Of The Blue, one of the best albums ever recorded.

    20 Jun 3:36pm Reply
  • mrpaul01

    I don't know why it took me until my late 20's to see how amazing this band really was.

    1 Jun 7:24pm Reply
  • luizamedeirosx

    19 May 2:18am Reply
  • danmarzella24

    Under-rated!

    12 May 1:02am Reply
  • Kinga_Vicious

    Jeff Lynne is a genius

    18 Apr 12:28pm Reply
  • Kinga_Vicious

    ELO is underrated with anyone under 50.[2]

    18 Apr 12:26pm Reply
  • quatro66

    Отличненько!

    15 Apr 1:56am Reply
  • camune

    Really good

    24 Feb 11:11pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    группа звучит, как если бы битлз не распались в 1970-м, а благополучно просуществовали еще десятилетие

    8 Feb 6:42am Reply
  • Lukas_jck

    Nenhum dos meus quase 200 amigos de Lastfm tem scrobbles da banda ELO. Qual a possibilidade de isso acontecer?

    5 Feb 8:55pm Reply
  • Heartogive

    elo is the beat

    2 Feb 1:32am Reply
  • wildroses07

    @porcelain_tree, that's the point, they WERE a big name, but now it's kind of big deal when somebody knows them. I don't really know why the world forgot about them a bit... they're a very good band, and surely one of a kind. :)

    18 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • karl_seifert

    Out Of The Blue!!!!

    17 Jan 11:30pm Reply
  • iagomelo2

    respect orchestra

    10 Jan 7:52pm Reply
  • MJFoxon

    Happy Birthday, Jeff!!!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MarielPop

    One of my all time favorite bands in the world!!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • psychodelicje

    GDYNIA!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
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