Monday, December 17, 2012

"I'm Alive" by Electric Light Orchestra

Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0189
Date:  05/24/1980
Debut:  71
Peak:  16
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Debuting the same week as Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" (see previous post) and just 3 positions higher, the first ELO single from the "Xanadu" soundtrack became one of the rare pop singles that received gold record certification without hitting the Top 10. Although they would go on and put a few more songs on the chart, their contributions to "Xanadu" would pretty much close the heyday of the group.

ReduxReview:  I dearly loves me the ELO, but this is not one of their most memorable. In fact, when this song came up, I had to think a minute as I couldn't remember how the tune sounded. It's still good ELO, just not great ELO.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  At the end of the song you can hear a keyboard start doing a "dit-da-dit-da-dit" pattern. This is actually Morse code and it spells out E-L-O.


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