Mr. Blue Sky
|"Mr. Blue Sky"|
|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Out of the Blue|
|B-side||"One Summer Dream"|
|Released||28 January 1978 (UK)
June 1978 (US)
|Recorded||1977 Musicland Studios,Munich|
|Genre||Pop rock, art rock|
3:45 (Japanese 7")
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
"Mr. Blue Sky" is a song by English rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), featured on the band's seventh studio album Out of the Blue (1977). Written and produced by frontman Jeff Lynne, the song forms the fourth and final track of the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite, on side three of the original double album. "Mr. Blue Sky" was the second single to be taken from Out of the Blue, peaking at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart and number 35 in the United States. The song was played as a wake-up call to astronaut Christopher Ferguson on Day 3 of STS-135, the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis.
In a BBC Radio interview, Lynne talked about writing "Mr. Blue Sky" after locking himself away in a Swiss chalet and attempting to write ELO's follow-up to A New World Record:
It was dark and misty for 2 weeks, and I didn't come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was, 'Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.' I wrote Mr. Blue Sky and 13 other songs in the next 2 weeks.
Describing the song for the BBC, Dominic King said:
Lots of Gibb Brothers’ vocal inflexions and Beatles’ arrangement quotes (Penny Lane bell, Pepper panting, Abbey Road arpeggio guitars). But this fabulous madness creates its own wonder – the bendy guitar solo, funky cello stop-chorus, and the most freakatastic vocoder since Sparky’s Magic Piano. Plus the musical ambush on “way” at 2.51 still thrills. And that’s before the Swingle Singers/RKO Tarzan movie/Rachmaninoff symphonic finale gets underway. Kitsch, yet truly exhilarating.
The song features a heavily vocoded voice singing the phrase "Mr. Blue Sky". A second vocoded segment at the end of the song was often interpreted as "Mister Blue Sky-yi"; it is actually "Please turn me over" as it is the end of side three, and the listener is being instructed to flip the LP over. This was confirmed by original keyboardist Richard Tandy, who did confirm the actual lyric to members of the Showdown ELO fan list; it has also been confirmed by Jeff Lynne on 3 October 2012 on the 'One Show'. When the song was performed live as part of the 2013 Children in Need Rocks and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2014 concerts, Richard Tandy is shown on-camera clearly speaking the Please turn me over line.
|Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart||87|
|Dutch GfK chart||8|
|German Media Control Singles Chart||27|
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||35|
|US Cash Box Top 100 Singles||27|
|US Record World Singles||33|
Jeff Lynne version
|"Mr. Blue Sky"|
|Song by Electric Light Orchestra from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra|
|Released||8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
|Recorded||2001–2012 Bungalow Palace|
|Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing|
A music video has been released in late 2012 via the official ELO website and YouTube, a colorful animation directed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with animation sequences designed and animated by University of Southern California students.
- Nerf Herder released a cover that was used in the end credits of the British Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle in 2007.
- Lily Allen released it as a single in December 2007.
- Mayer Hawthorne released a cover on his Impressions - The Covers EP in 2011.
- Common samples it on "Blue Sky" from his ninth studio album The Dreamer/The Believer released 20 December 2011.
- Jim Bob, formerly of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine recorded a mournful cover as the theme tune to the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Mr Blue Sky in 2011. An extract was played as the outro to all ten episodes.
- Parts are used in the song "Let It Out" by Girl Talk in his album, All Day.
- British contemporary choir Rock Choir recorded the song for their 2011 album Rock Choir Deluxe.
- The Delgados covered the song on their The Complete BBC Peel Sessions album.
- Joe Brown covered the song on his album "The Ukulele Album".
In popular culture
It appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who episode titled "Love & Monsters". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation uses the song in the episode Lab Rats (season 7, episode 20), when CSI Hodges tells how much luck he has had that day.
It was played on 27 February 2011 at Wembley Stadium post match in celebration of Birmingham City F.C. winning the League Cup Final and is played at every home game as Jeff Lynne is an ardent Blues fan.
It was also played during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, as well as the Opening Ceremony, as the world's athletes entered the Olympic Stadium. Glidden House Paint used the song in a commercial that aired in summer 2012.
The song is used in the films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Magic Roundabout, The Game Plan, Megamind, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Invention of Lying, Role Models, A Smile as Big as the Moon, and Martian Child.
Coventry City Football Club (a.k.a. The Sky Blues) have used the song as their entrance music since returning to Coventry in 2014. The song has been regularly used by the club prior to that, mainly post-game.
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