Thursday, 28 November 2013


ELduO are: Andy Wood [L] and Ben Jones [R] ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! They are friends of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and now my ELO loving buddies Andy Wood [alias Fruity Buckfoot] and Ben Jones have joined up to form ELduO - who are in their own words "... a long distance musical duo based on their mutual love of ELO and family!"

Andy, who is from County Durham in the north east of England, and Ben, a native of Swansea in South Wales, have just released the very first ELduO single "A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas [Like The Ones We Used To Know]" as well as an instrumental track entitled "The King Falls" and a new tune called "Send Me Back" [written by Ben Jones]. You can have a listen to them all here thus:

"A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas [Like The Ones We Used To Know]" is available to download from iTunes and thus:

Earlier this week, Yours Truly KJS caught up with Andy and Ben and took the opportunity to ask them one or three questions about their new ELO themed project:

KJS: Please tell me how and why you and Ben created ELduO?
Andy: Ben commented on my live folk rock version of "Showdown" on YouTube and I replied to him. We then started emailing - then phoning - and then I did a video/song for Ben's appearance on "Golden Balls". After that I went to Wales for Ben's 50th birthday party and we have been firm friends ever since! Ben wrote a cracking song called "No Answer" and he sent me the chords/lyrics with a mp3 of him playing and singing it. I demoed it in early ELO style and ELduO was born!
KJS: What was the motivation for your new Christmas single?
Andy: I wrote the song a while ago and I felt that the 40th anniversary of 'That Song' was a very apt time to do it so I got in touch with Ben, who came "oopt North" to record it with me!
KJS: What can we expect from ELduO in 2014?
Andy: The ELduO group will feature whatever we work on. There's a new song by Ben called "Send Me Back" coming soon. It's a concept of "Eldorado" meets "Time"! Ben plays guitar and sings on it and I have added loads of synthesisers, bass and vocoder. There will be much more to come! 
KJS: How can folks find out more about ELduO?
Andy: There is not much more to know about ELduO yet, but keep an eye out in our Facebook group and on Reverbnation, where we will update regularly.
KJS: And what are the fave ELO, Move, Roy Wood and Idle Race songs of ELduO?
Andy: In order: "10538 Overture" [my all time favourite record]; "Blackberry Way"; "Dear Elaine" and "Sea Of Dreams".
Ben: "Please No More Sad Songs" [The Idle Race]; "No Time" [The Move]; "Ocean Breakup" [ELO]; "Miss Clarke And The Computer" [Roy Wood]; "Ball Park Incident" [Wizzard]

ELduO will be also coming to iTunes soon but in the meantime you can check what Andy Wood and Ben Jones are up to via this link thus:

ELduO Facebook Group

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend ELduO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2013

1 comment:

  1. It's great to watch the tradition of writing Christmas song are returning. Hopefully the songs are charting somewhere, as they used to in the 70's. Bringing on back the good times.