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Jeff Lynne: Wembley crowd inspired new ELO single

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame via Getty Images
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame via Getty Images

Jeff Lynne credits the crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium for ELO‘s latest single, “Time Of Our Life.” The video, the first from the new From Out Of Nowhere album, contains clips shot during ELO’s historic sold out gig at the hallowed venue on June 24th, 2017.

Lynne spoke to Billboard and shed light on the now historic show, recalling, “The reason it got to me in such a big way was because we made a big film of this whole show called Wembley Or Bust with millions of cameras. And I think the way they captured the audience, it was these little vignettes. You can see what’s going on. They zoom into certain people in the audience who were having the best time of their life — kissing and looking at each other when different songs come on. This happened so many times in the film that I really got to play the show over and over just by looking at the way they shot the audience. I thought it was the nicest atmosphere I’ve seen.”

Lynne touched upon why he chooses to play all the instruments and sing all the parts on the recent ELO albums: “To be honest, I love to play all those instruments. My favorite thing is when I’m overdubbing instruments onto a track and I love to play them. So that’s why I choose to do them. I could easily get anybody to play them, probably, but I come up with the ideas and I like to play them and I’ve got all the gear, all the keyboards, all the guitars and the drums, the bass. As a player, it’s just so much fun to do that. I’d rather do that than anything else. . . I just love making music so it’s what I love to do best of all. So I’ll just keep at it and try and come up with the best one ever one of these days.”

Jeff Lynne’s latest ELO single, “Time Of Our Life,” features a music reference to the band’s Top Ten hit “Telephone Line” from its 1976 A New World Record album. Lynne explained how he get the song’s intro to perfectly ape the sound of a heartbroken lover trying to connect with his ex-lover in America: “When I recorded ‘Telephone Line,’ It was — I actually phoned America. We were in England when we recorded that one. And we phoned America just to hear what (the tone) was. We didn’t want to get nicked for stealing their ringtone — but y’never know. We copied the sound of the ringtone on the Moog synthesizer; which — it’s a tone harmony. It”s like an A and a B (note) together, and that’s how we got that sound.”

FAST FACTS

  • This past month, (October 29th) marked the 30th anniversary of the  Traveling Wilburys‘ Volume 3  collection — the supergroup’s second and final album. Following the 1988 death of Roy Orbison, the band featured George Harrison, Jeff LynneBob Dylan, and Tom Petty.
  • The platinum selling collection just missed hitting the Top 10, stalling at Number 11.
  • The Travleing Wilburys’ Volume 1 was released on October 18th, 1988 and peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album charts. Volume 1 has since been certified triple platinum.
  • The album went on to score the Wilburys their only Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group.

CHECK IT OUT: ELO’s video for 1976’s “Telephone Line”: