6am Klassic: ELO
8/14/2012 6:01:00 AM
Electric Light Orchestra "Rockaria" from the album,
"Rockaria!" is a song by Electric Light Orchestra. It was the third track on the band's successful 1976 album A New World Record and was the second single from the album. Featuring the operatic voice of Mary Thomas during the introduction, she flubbed the first take by starting the vocals too early. However, Jeff Lynne elected to use the take (complete with her interjection, "Oops!") anyway. During live performances, the 'aria' was provided by the band's bassist Kelly Groucutt, illustrating his wide-ranging vocal talents.
The song itself is a unique fusion of rocking blues, glam rock, opera and power pop. According to the lyrics, a woman is obsessed with the operatic masterworks of Wagner, Beethoven, Puccini and Verdi and the singer's intent is to show her how to rock and roll. By the end of the song, however, the twist becomes that the opera singer has proven that she actually can rock 'n' roll with the best of them and that she has a few tricks to teach to the singer. When Beethoven is mentioned the iconic opening of his fifth Symphony is heard on the piano.
The title of the song is not used within the lyrics, thus it is often mispronounced, usually as rhyming with mamma mia. It is actually a fusion of two different words, rock and aria, thus giving rock-ahr'-ia.
On some CD pressings of A New World Record, it appears without the exclamation point.
10 out of 10 -- I love ELO, it makes me feel good...Jeff Lynne rules.