|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.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||June 1980||Jet||7"/12||JET/JET12 185|
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