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THIS WEEK IN 1980

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

1 Xanadu Olivia New­ton-John and Elec­tric Light Orches­tra

2 Use It Up and Wear It Out Odyssey

3 Jump To The Beat Stacy Lat­ti­saw

4 Cry­ing Don McLean

5 Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time Detroit Spin­ners 6 Funky­town Lipps Inc

7 My Way Of Think­ing/I Think It’s Go­ing To Rain UB40 8 Ev­ery­body’s Got To Learn Some­time The Kor­gis

9 Could You Be Loved Bob Marley and The Wail­ers

10 Si­mon Tem­plar/Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please Splod­ge­ness­abounds Elec­tric Light Orches­tra front­man Jeff Lynne has of­ten said that of all the songs he has writ­ten,’Xanadu’is one of his favourites, and one of his best. It’s prob­a­bly safe to say that most ELO fans don’t share that view, not­with­stand­ing the fact that it was the band’s only UK num­ber one hit.

‘Xanadu’ was recorded in Ger­many by ELO and Olivia New­tonJohn for the sound­track of the film of the same name. ELO drum­mer Bev Be­van re­calls that it was a ‘night­mare’ to record as Lynne had orig­i­nally sent an (out of time) demo of the song to the film’s pro­duc­ers and they shot a dance se­quence to that demo.

‘So when we came to record it for real, we had to keep in time with the demo. It was a very frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, what should have taken a cou­ple of hours took about three or four days.’

Prior to ‘Xanadu’, ELO had failed to reach the UK chart sum­mit, but Olivia New­ton-John al­ready had two num­ber ones un­der her belt - both from the ‘Grease’sound­track in 1978.

‘Xanadu’, the movie, which starred Olivia New­ton-John, Gene Kelly (in his fi­nal film role) and Michael Beck, was panned by crit­ics and a box of­fice flop. How­ever, the sound­track al­bum was a huge hit. It went dou­ble plat­inum in the US and Gold in the UK and spawned five top-20 sin­gles, in­clud­ing the ti­tle track which reached No 1 not only in the UK but also in sev­eral other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ire­land.

The ‘Xanadu’ sin­gle also hit num­ber eight in the Bill­board Hot 100, mak­ing it one of seven US top ten hits for ELO, and one of 15 top ten en­tries there for Olivia New­ton-John.

A10”promo pic­ture disc for ‘Xanadu’.

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