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Band Name Origins:

  • "Light orchestra" was a feature of several fancy restaurants in the 60s in the UK. They were really quartets - violin, viola, cello, upright bass - or something like that. They played "light" or string versions of contemporary top hits (like say the Beatles' "Yesterday"). ELO uses electric and electronic instruments and the band name was really some kind of kooky joke. There's also the "electric light" phrase in the name. Look at the first two albums' cover art. The self-titled debut (called "No Answer" in the US by accident) has an ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB on it! The second one has a starship shaped like a (*drumroll, please!* - CLASH!) ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB! Yuk yuk. I just love this band's music, even if the name origin is pretty stupid. Submitted by: Bad Pun Name 4 a Great Band

Stupid Band Names:

  • Is it supposed to refer to an orchestra of electric lights (which I assume is the intended meaning), or a light (opposite of heavy) orchestra that's electric? Submitted by: Mr. Bump

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: ELectronic Overload. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Known informally as: Electric Fusion and Electrofusion. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Rockaria!"She's sweet on Wagner, I think she'd die for Beethoven, She loves the way Puccini lays down a tune, And Verdi's always creeping from her room. - Eddie2112

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Electric Dark OrchestraWhen they decide to turn 'em off and retire?Stu L. Pigeon
Electric Light DorkestraIt was on the show "Modern Family".Odie Garfield

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Telephone Lyin'""Telephone Line"Flora Rolf
"Telepath Line""Telephone Line"Flora Rolf
"Telescope Line""Telephone Line"Flora Rolf
"Telephone Lion""Telephone Line"Flora Rolf
"All Night I Hurled""All Over the World"Robert D. Arndt Jr.

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Rock 'N' Roll Is King,"Never heard of a King named Rock 'N' Roll.Peter

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Fire Down Below," Bob Seger"Fire On High," Electric Light Orchestra
"You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban"Don't Bring Me Down," Electric Light Orchestra
"Mystic Lady," T Rex"Strange Magic," Electric Light Orchestra
"What Do I Have To Do?," Stabbing Westward"Don't Bring Me Down," The Electric Light Orchestra
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"For Little Diamonds" originally "Four Little Diamonds"
Same sound, different meaning
"Our Little Diamonds" originally "Four Little Diamonds"
"Curl" originally "Curly"
Candy Welty
"Ellie Takes Her Bow" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"
Lucy Crosland
"Nellie Takes Her Bo" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Nellie Takes Her Bowl" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"
Candy Welty
"Nellie Takes Her Brow" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"
Candy Welty
"Nellie Takes Her Blow" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"
But, in the 1970's, did she inhale?
"Nellie Stakes Her Bow" originally "Nellie Takes Her Bow"
"Hold Ron Tight" originally "Hold On Tight"

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Tour Little Diamonds" originally "Four Little Diamonds"
Only if you'd been micro miniaturized!
Melissa Officinalis
"Sour Little Diamonds" originally "Four Little Diamonds"
Alyssa Jayne
"Telephone Nine" originally "Telephone Line"
Candy Welty
"Telephone Fine" originally "Telephone Line"
Candy Welty
"Secret Massages" originally "Secret Messages"
That felt better!

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Showdown""Showdown"Randy Hearn
"Turn To Stone""Burned The Scones"Jonathan
"Rock 'n' Roll Is King""Rocky Road Is King"Dylan Baranski
"Turn to Stone""Turn to Stone (Election 2016)"Dylan Baranski
"Sweet Talkin' Woman""Sleep Walkin' Woman"Randy Hearn
"Don't Bring Me Down""I Hate That Clown"Abbott Skelding
"Telephone Line""Telephone Line"Blaydeman
"Livin' Thing""Durian Song"Agrimorfee
"Don't Bring Me Down""Behind The Cowl"the_conqueror_of_parodies

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Evil WomanObama 2012JC Foster
Last Train to LondonLondon UndergroundDylan Baranski
Turn To StoneThe Lion, The Witch & The WardrobePickle*
Four Little DiamondsPeople's JewellersMikey Squirrel
Hold On Tight To Your DreamsAmeriquest Mtg.Betty
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Mr. Blue SkySevere Weather HotlineNon Compos Mentis
Evil WomanNunnery/Magdalena School for Wayward Girlsrocky
ConfusionDell Headquartersbritrock

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
No Telephone
   Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her
Telephone Line
   Electric Light Orchestra
No Telephone Line
Francis A. Sissy
Follow Me
   Uncle Kracker
All Over The World
   Electric Light Orchestra
Follow Me All Over The World
Just Another Woman In Love
   Anne Murray
Evil Woman
   Electric Light Orchestra
Just Another Evil Woman In Love
And She Was
   Talking Heads
Evil Woman
   Electric Light Orchestra
And She Was An Evil Woman
Kanye East
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Royal Philharmonelectric Light Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra combined with Electric Light Orchestra
Submitted By: Ed
Shep And The Electric Limelite Orchestra
Shep And The Limelites combined with Electric Light Orchestra
Submitted By: Candy Welty
RELO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon combined with Electric Light Orchestra
(Note: The second band is often referred to by its initials.)
Submitted By: Rick Atoni
Electronic Light Orchestra
Electronic combined with Electric Light Orchestra
Submitted By: Alex

There are additional Electric Light Orchestra Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Evil Woman"
Misheard Lyrics:
You took my body and fled the wind
Original Lyrics:
You took my body and played to win
"Livin' Thing"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a give and take
Original Lyrics:
It's a given thing
"Telephone Line"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm leaving it Twinings
Original Lyrics:
I'm living in twilight
Misheard Lyrics:
Hold on too long
Original Lyrics:
Hold on to love
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Mr. Blue Sky"
Misheard Lyrics:
There ain't no cloud in the sky
Original Lyrics:
There ain't a cloud in sight

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

Used to think it was "in the sky", not "in sight".

There are additional misheard stories available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Don't Bring Me Down"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Don't bring me down....grooosss!
Why They're Nonsensical:
This song has nothing to do with grossness. Apparently, from what I've found out, Jeff Lynne thought that it sounded like the German word for "greetings" when said like that, that's why he put it in the song.
Submitted by: Erica
"Don't Bring Me Down"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
You're lookin' good just like a snake in the grass
Why They're Nonsensical:
I'm sure that many people in the world are afraid of snakes. So I think the singer is implying that the person he's singing about is frightening, not good-looking!
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Dated Song Lyrics:

The Dated Lyrics:
Now her daddy's getting old
And he seemed to lose control
When the Brontosaurus
Stormed into the house to trap her.
Why They're Dated:
When certain dinosaur fossils were found, they were originally given the name "Brontosaurus". But eventually they proved to be of the same dinosaur whose fossils were earlier discovered and earlier named "Apatosaurus". When a name is so given and later found to apply to the same genus earlier named something else, the earlier assigned name has priority under the rules of nomenclature. So Apatosaurus, and not Brontosaurus became the correct name for the dinosaur genus that had been given both names. So "Brontosaurus" is now an outdated dinosaur name.
Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

The Lyrics:
'...faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude.'
Who They Mention:
The Beatles
Submitted by: John
"Illusions in G Major"
The Lyrics:
I heard the pilot saying, Poems that were written by John Keats and Robert Browning
Who They Mention:
19th century English poets John Keats and Robert Browning
Submitted by: Mark Silverman
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
The Song Lyrics:
Communication breakdown all around
Song They Mention:
"Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin
Submitted by: Mickey D.
The Song Lyrics:
My Shangri-La has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on 'Hey Jude'
Song They Mention:
'Hey Jude' by the Beatles (a direct reference)
Submitted by: Pickle*

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Don't Walk Away"
Opening Lines:
Why do I say don't walk away?
From the 1980 Xanadu soundtrack album. It also appears on the soundtrack of the Xanadu Broadway musical, though done by the cast of the musical.
Submitted by: Vic George
"I'm Alive"
Opening Lines:
I'm alive, and the world shines for me today.
From the 1980 Xanadu soundtrack album. It also appears on the soundtrack of the Xanadu Broadway musical, though done by the cast of the musical.
Submitted by: Vic George
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Made Up Words in Songs:

"Don't Bring Me Down"
The Made Up Words:
According to the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback and elsewhere, Lynne has explained that he was singing that made-up word "Grooss", which some have suggested sounds like the German expression "Gruß" (Gruss). After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.
Submitted by: Joey F.
The Made Up Words:
chooka chooka hoo la ley, looka looka koo la ley
From the album 'Out Of The Blue'
Submitted by: audreydog
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"KU, I Am A" originally "Kuiama"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Day Breaker" originally "Daybreaker"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Sweet Talk In Woman" originally "Sweet Talkin' Woman"
Submitted by: Peter
"Liv In Thing" originally "Livin' Thing"
What thing is Liv into these days?
Submitted by: Ava Rice
"Show Down" originally "Showdown"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle

Band Name Anagrams:

Other Car's Electric Light Submitted by: Alexis
Orchestrate Cleric Light Submitted by: Alexis
Registrar: Collect Hi-Tech Submitted by: Alexis

Song Title Anagrams:

"Day-O" originally "Do Ya"
a.k.a. the Banana Boat Song!
Submitted by: Jim Raveling
"Velma, I Won" originally "Evil Woman"
Submitted by: Alina
"Magnetic Rags" originally "Strange Magic"
Such rags may or may not be unusual
Submitted by: Katy
"Main Vowel" originally "Evil Woman"
Submitted by: Alexis
"I'm Low, Evan" originally "Evil Woman"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Roll Over Beethoven" Length: 8:10
ELO's re-make of the Chuck Berry classic incorporates excerpts from Beethoven's 5th Symphony
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger
"Kuiama" Length: 11:19
Submitted by: Sutch

Song Title Acrostics:

EW: "Evil Woman"
Submitted by: /
HOT: "Hold On Tight"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Rock 'N' Cole Is Ring" originally "Rock 'N' Roll Is King"
Submitted by: Mary Byram
"Cock 'N' Roll Is Ring" originally "Rock 'N' Roll Is King"
Submitted by: Ned MacCamden
"Told On Height" originally "Hold On Tight"
Submitted by: Janice Ferrell

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Hold On Tight"
The Lyrics:
Accroches-toi a ton reve
Accroches-toi a ton reve
Quand tu vois ton bateau partir
Quand tu sents -- ton coeur se briser
Accroches-toi a ton reve.
Basically, it's the lyrics to the song translated into French. In English they are: Hold on tight to your dream/Hold on tight to your dream/When you see your ship go sailing/When you feel your heart is breaking/Hold on tight to your dream.
Submitted by: crazydon

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Turn To Stone"
The Lyrics:
I turn to stone when you are gone, I turn to stone.
Turn to stone when you comin' home, I can't go on.
Turn to stone when you are gone, I turn to stone.
The whole song has a cheery rock sound, but the whole song is about someone leaving this guy all alone and it feels like forever when she comes back that he becomes stone.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Elect Leek Right Orchestra originally "Electric Light Orchestra"
Submitted by: Waldo D. Law

Hidden Tracks:

"Time After Time"
It appears on the US cassette and original CD, but it's not listed. It comes after "Take Me On and On" on side 1, and "Four Little Diamonds" starts off side 2. On the CD it's the same sequence.
Submitted by: Mr. Blue Star

Hidden Messages:

"Fire on High"
The beginning of the song contains the backwards message "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back, turn back, turn back, turn back" underscored by some twilight zone-esque music.
Submitted by: Evan

Backwards Messages:

"Secret Messages"
This song has a secret message that basically says, "What are you looking for? Turn the needle back and play this thing forward." ELO has made several backwards messages on their previous albums (none of them the rumored 'Christ infernal' message - it was never made), and the 1983 'Secret Messages' is peppered with just that. Other messages on this LP include counting numbers, cheering for the Birmingham Bluebirds Football (Soccer) Club, marching chants and a shout of BEATLES FOREVER! Not very Satanic, is it?
Submitted by: Evil Man
"Mr. Radio"
Somewhere during the song the phrase "hello Mr. Radio" can be heard backwards.
Submitted by: A Stranger
The line "playing the game I'll sail away on a voyage of no return to see" can be reversed to sound like "he is the nasty one, Christ you're infernal. It is said we're dead men; everyone who has the mark will live." This sparked controversy when it was released.
Submitted by: A Stranger
"Fire on High"
After being criticized with 'Eldorado' having subliminal messages, Jeff Lynne placed a message in the song which sounds like 'Madness, madness, madness' and gibberish played forward. But played backward It says, 'The music is reverseable, but time is not. Turn back. Turn Back. Turn Back!...'
Submitted by: Paul Warren

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Is It a UFO? No, It's ELO!"
I was reading an article in "Dynamite" magazine (for tweens) with the title "Is It a UFO? No, It's ELO!". It described the props for their tremendous groundbreaking 1977-1978 tour. They would use a huge model starship adorned with "ELO" in lights. A huge platform would descend with the band playing on it. Local police got calls of UFO sightings! The 'starship' couldn't really fly, and the band stated that it was hot and dirty inside of it. Laser beams were also used for the shows, which was a novelty at the time.
Submitted by: ELO is Dy-No-Mite!
On the cover of their album "On the Third Day" (US release) the members of ELO pose for the front cover and pulling up their shirts to expose their bellybuttons! Don't ask me why. British humor, perhaps?
Submitted by: Lift Up Your Shirts!
"Coffee ad on TV!"
"Hold On Tight To Your Dreams" was a top 10 hit for ELO in the autumn of 1981. Ironically enough, this song was played as background music for TV ads by the American Board to Promote Coffee Drinking (something like that). A narrator would discuss about the energy-giving qualities and warmth (and coziness!) you can get from a cup o' jack. Later on, the narration was done by Ann and Nancy Wilson (HEART). The ad would be about "Heart mixes a new record" and would show a backstage view of a Heart show. The ad would still feature the classic ELO hit, however and not a Heart hit. The ad would end with Ann exiting a limo with a bouquet of flowers and she'd quip, "Keep rockin'!". These ads were aired until about 1986. Radio DJs sometimes referred to this song as "that coffee drinking song". STRANGE BUT TRUE.
Submitted by: Interstellar Coffee Drinker Extraordinaire

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Electric Company
Submitted by: britrock

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Strange Magic"
2015 animated film
Submitted by: That Man Over There
the 2008 teen vampire romance flick
Submitted by: I'm So Mysterious

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