Livin' Thing

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Not to be confused with Living Thing.
"Livin' Thing"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
B-side "Fire On High" (UK)
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (US)
Released 4 October 1976 (US)
13 November 1976 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded Musicland Studios, Munich; 1976
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 3:32
Label Jet/United Artists (UK)
United Artists (US)
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Livin' Thing"
A New World Record track listing
Music sample

"Livin' Thing" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It appears on ELO's 1976 album, A New World Record. Patti Quatro, Brie Brandt, both of Fanny, and Addie Lee sang uncredited vocals, particularly the 'higher and higher' parts.[1]

In August 2006, "Livin' Thing" was named by the UK's Q as the number 1 'Guilty Pleasure' single of all time – a list designed to celebrate 'uncool' but excellent records, and which received considerable publicity.[2] The original single had the bonus of having "Fire On High" on the flip side, a song that became the band's most popular instrumental piece. The UK version was released in a blue vinyl format.

The song has appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Boogie Nights, the 2005 film Tjenare kungen, the 2007 film, Chaos Theory, and the 2011 film Hunky Dory.

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