Wednesday, 15 October 2014

THE GREAT FTMYSTERY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #777: "Face The Music", ELO's 1975 classic LP, sports some interesting yet cryptic "secret messages" on its liner sleeve notes which have bemused and confused fans for nearly forty [40] years. Within the lyrics of "Down Home Town" the word "ucedemwinnin" [an alliteration, of course, of: "you see them winning"] bears a double asterisk referring to two explanatory notes stating:

* The band on this track have since grown a third eyebrow.
** Wrong.

There are many theories as to what those statements mean ranging from a private Jeff Lynne joke to a it being a reference to traditional Brummie speak or an acknowledgement of the significant vocal contributions of SuMagNa [alias Susan Collins, Marge Raymond, Nancy O'Neil plus Ellie Greenwich]. It could neither, either or both! ELOBF has its own theory that it signifies a changing of the guard as ELO transitioned to its classic seven [7] member line-up after the departures of Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards following 1974's "Eldorado" and the arrival of Kelly Groucutt and Melvyn Gale for "Face The Music". But, then again, I could be "** wrong"!

What are your theories or do you know the true story behind this great FTMystery?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2014

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