Sunday, 4 March 2018

When ELO Went Joyriding

In recent years ELO songs have featured in multiple film soundtracks, TV shows and commercials literally "All Over The World" but when vinyl ruled, only new ELO/Jeff Lynne songs seemed to make the transition to the big screen and the accompanying OST, specifically "Xanadu" in 1980 and "Electric Dreams" in 1984. So when a young KJS came across an American OST album featuring ELO back in the day, it was quickly snapped up and is still a part of my collection to this day, slotted nicely between "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue".

"Joyride" was a 1977 film featuring Robert Carradine and a young Melanie Griffith that was largely unknown in the UK and somewhat under the proverbial radar to US cinema audiences too. If I remember correctly, the film was later released on VHS in the UK and distributed by Castle with the words: "Music by ELO" prominent on the sleeve. But for this ELO fan, when the import LP turned up in a local record shop at a budget price, it was well worth the modest investment.
"Tightrope", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Boy Blue", "So Fine", "Telephone Line" and "Rockaria!" can be found on the "Joyride" (UA-LA784H) soundtrack LP with "Showdown" also included in the film. With such fine songs plucked from the "Eldorado" and "A New World Record" albums, it was a shrewd marketing ploy by Don Arden and Jet Records seeking to capitalize upon the growing popularity of Electric Light Orchestra in North America at that time.

Yours Truly KJS continues to include "Joyride" in a kind of ELO/Jeff Lynne film threesome betwixt 1977-1984 alongside "Xanadu" and "Electric Dreams" even though these days, you never know what ELO/Jeff Lynne song will turn up on the silver screen, small screen and/or OST next!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-March-2018

1 comment:

  1. I think So Fine has a fade-out on this OST. The film was issued on DVD, I believe, but with the ELO songs omitted for contractual reasons. I also read a fan's comment that it's available on Netflix unedited.

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