Did Xanadu Destroy ELO's AOR Reputation?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lawrev, Oct 19, 2021.

  1. lawrev

    lawrev Forum Resident Thread Starter

    41 years after the release of the disco movie Xanadu, what do you think is the legacy of that film on the reputation of the original ELO? The album, Time, released 40 years ago this year, was meant, according to Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, to be a return to a heavier sound (Lynne) and to salvage the reputation of the band (Bevan). Thoughts?
  2. roverb

    roverb Forum Resident

    603 - LFOD
    what was their 'reputation' before & after?
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  3. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Reasons to be cheerful Part 1

    Dutch mountains
    Was this before or after Don't Bring Me Down ....groos ?
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  4. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    I don't think it destroyed it and it shouldn't have. Lynne wrote some of ELO's best songs for that movie (a return to form after the dismal Discovery). There are some jaded rock snobs who couldn't handle Olivia singing lead on the title song, but I thought it was a great and imaginative pairing. By the way, AOR was destroyed when it degenerated into Classic Rock.
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  5. fishcane

    fishcane Dirt Farmer

    Finger Lakes,NY
    I don’t know but Xanadu certainly helped Rushs’
  6. Cledwyn

    Cledwyn Forum Resident

    North Wales
    I'm not a hardcore ELO fan but I love the tracks Xanadu and All Over The World.

    However, I've never seen the film, as it doesn't look like the the sort of thing I'd enjoy. :)
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  7. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    The US singles off Xanadu, all of them were played pretty extensively in my parts.
    One of my first LP's- purchased via lawn mowing money.
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  8. lordcat

    lordcat Forum Resident

    People talk about 80's music glowingly these days but it was awful at the time really as groups like ELO and The Bee Gee's were seen as very very naff!
    At least these days every type of music and genre is appreciated.
  9. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Did Xanadu destroy ELO’s AOR reputation?

    I’ve no idea. I don’t think AOR is a thing here.

    I’ll say this, Xanadu certainly didn’t do Olivia Newton-John’s movie career any favours..

  10. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Funk, Ohio
    Both ELO and ONJ should have returned to their 1st LP roots.
    I guess you can't unring the bell. :shrug:
  11. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Analog Recording to the Next Level

    Northwest, USA
    Was Air Supply involve in this?...:eek:
  12. dubious title

    dubious title Forum Resident

    Op you're an ELO fanatic, why don't you weigh in? I'm guessing that you think it did....

    No, not in any impactful way. For a brief time with a small segment of their diminishing AOR fanbase, perhaps. The music written for that movie is way more in step with these current times than Ma Ma Ma Bell or Poker. He's played those songs on recent tours and they sound great. It was the right decision at the time and we have some more choice ELO songs to enjoy.
  13. klockwerk

    klockwerk Forum Resident

    Ohio USA
    ELO was seen as a pop sell-out before Xanadu. Out Of The Blue was the last album I bought from them that I could stomach.
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  14. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    Gene Kelly was in that film?

    I did not know that.

    Now, I know that.
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  15. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    Pretty sure Out of the Blue and Discovery were the beginning of ELO being seen as a pop singles act, not Xanadu.
  16. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Funk, Ohio
    Great avatar! Did you happen to see them at the World Series of Rock?
  17. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    Yes, I believe that's Russell, top right :D
  18. deredordica

    deredordica Music Freak

    Sonoma County, CA
    "Xanadu" is their greatest single, a true pop masterpiece. The soundtrack itself is hit or miss. I didn't buy it when it came out. I didn't buy anything that followed either, but that says more about the '80s, and me, than ELO.
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  19. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Even Jeff Lynne has stuck by the Xanadu song over the years. Often praising Olivia’s vocal too.

    All Over The World is pretty good as well. But the other 3 ELO songs on the soundtrack are routine at best, IMO.
  20. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    I enjoy all except for Don't Walk Away, my favorite probably being The Fall. I had to grab the 7 inch I'm Alive to get Drum Dreams. Ugh
    Funny that Japan tracked all the ELO tunes first on the old compact.
  21. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Yes. That threw me when I got the CD.
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  22. Herman Schultz

    Herman Schultz Forum Resident

    New York City
    I didn't even know ELO was involved in the Xanadu film. To me, they're the band that did a very silly, grandiose version of "Roll Over, Beethoven," a cool song called "Don't Bring Me Down," a killer instrumental with very vigorous acoustic guitar strummings, and pop stuff about telephone lines.
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  23. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    The only possible reason I could think of, it was part of the Japan ELO CSCS re-issue campaign.
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  24. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    After Horace Wimp? No. If we're taking about the point where their reputation went from aor to pop it was no later than Discovery.
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  25. PeanutButterParty

    PeanutButterParty Well-Known Member

    New York
    I love some of the music, but the film is, by far, one of the worst I have ever seen.

    I have no idea what it did to ELO's reputation.
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