42185 Xanadu
Produced by Jeff Lynne (US track 2 by John Farrar)
Released on June 1980
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #8 (charted August 9, 1980 for 17 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
41285 wo. picture sleeve
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I ’m not sure if this qualifies as a chimera, given that both OJ and ELO were popular with the roller-skating set, so perhaps better to call this an arranged marriage. It’s pretty terrible, and here’s why: ELO’s songs at this juncture were elaborate confections, and Olivia brings the whole thing toppling over with her shrill performance (i.e., they don’t make a black leather outfit tight enough). The B side is an even more unlikely pairing from “Xanadu,” Olivia and Gene Kelly singing “Whenever You’re Away From Me.” It’s pseudo-swing, nothing to match the novelty of hearing Frankie Avalon sing “Beauty School Dropout.” In case you’re wondering, I did see “Xanadu” with my family when it came out, and I remember an opening roller-skating scene that didn’t make a lick of sense, then sweet beautiful nothing.

TRACK LISTING

    UK 7-inch single
  1. XANADU
  2. FOOL COUNTRY

    US 7-inch single
  3. XANADU    (Jeff Lynne)    3:30
  4. WHENEVER YOU'RE AWAY FROM ME    (John Farrar)    4:15

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 1980 Jet 7"/12 JET/JET12 185  
US/CAN July 1980 MCA 7" 42185  

 

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