Hold On Tight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Hold on Tight"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "When Time Stood Still"
Released 17 July 1981 (UK)
July 1981 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981 Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre Electronic rock, rock and roll[1]
Length 3:06
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Don't Walk Away"
(1980)
"Hold on Tight"
(1981)
"Twilight"
(1981)
Time track listing

"Hold on Tight" is a song written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song is track twelve on the band's 1981 album Time and was the first song released as a single. The song went top ten in most countries, hitting the top spot in Switzerland, number two in Germany, number four in the UK,[2] and number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as number two on the US Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.[3] It is known for having a verse sung in French; translated, the verse is a French-language reprise of the first verse of the song. It also helped launch the roots rock revival of the 1980s.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The previous year, David Bowie had released his "Ashes to Ashes" music video which was considered as the most innovative to date at that time.[4] But ELO were largely regarded to have surpassed that with their music video for "Hold On Tight".[5] At the time it was the most expensive ever made at around £40,000.[5] It was filmed in black-and-white and pays homage to old serial films with ELO playing in the scenes.[6]

Uses in other media[edit]

In the mid-1980s, the song was used in The Coffee Achievers television advertisements, which promoted the benefits of drinking coffee. This campaign from the National Coffee Association played in the United States starring celebrities including David Bowie, Heart and ELO. The campaign was later parodied on Saturday Night Live as "The Crack Achievers" in a sketch that also used "Hold on Tight."

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1982 album Chipmunk Rock.

In 2005, "Hold on Tight" was used in an Ameriquest commercial. The song was also featured in the season one finale of My Name Is Earl.

During 2007 and 2008, "Hold On Tight" was used in television promotions for the Honda Accord.

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Love What's Your Face" by Ingrid Kup
Swiss number-one single
13 September 1981 – 27 September 1981 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electric Light Orchestra – Time at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 April 2008). Rolling Stone. RealNetworks. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Time – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ UK Midlands Central TV News, August, 1981
  5. ^ a b UK Midlands Central TV News, August 1981
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  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  11. ^ CHART NUMBER 1289 – Saturday, October 03, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  12. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  13. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "Electric Light Orchestra" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
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  20. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  21. ^ (Spanish) Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  24. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending OCTOBER 3, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  25. ^ RECORD WORLD 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 July 2004). Record World. Geocities.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  27. ^ (German) "Jahreshitparade 1981". Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  28. ^ (Dutch) "Jaaroverzichten 1981". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 35, No. 22, December 26, 1981". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  30. ^ (Dutch) "Single Top 100 1981" (PDF). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  31. ^ (German) "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1981". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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