Mr. Blue Sky

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"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)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1977 Musicland Studios,Munich
Genre Pop rock, art rock
Length 5:06
3:45 (Japanese 7")
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Turn to Stone"
(1977)
"Mr. Blue Sky"
(1978)
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
(1978)
Music sample

"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 LP. "Mr. Blue Sky" was the second single to be taken from Out of the Blue, peaking at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and number 35 in the United States.[2] 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.

Inspiration[edit]

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:

The song's arrangement has been called "Beatlesque",[3] bearing similarities to Beatles songs "Martha My Dear" and "A Day in the Life".[4][5]

Vocoded sections[edit]

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'.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Position
Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart[7] 87
Dutch GfK chart[8] 8
German Media Control Singles Chart[9] 27
UK Singles Chart[1] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 35
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 27
US Record World Singles[10] 33

Jeff Lynne version[edit]

"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
Length 3:44
Label Frontiers
Writer Jeff Lynne
Producer Jeff Lynne
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song and others in his own home studio in 2012. It was released as a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs, under the ELO name.[11]

Music Video[edit]

A music video has been released in late 2012 via the official ELO website[12] and YouTube,[13] a colorful animation directed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with animation sequences designed and animated by University of Southern California students.[14]

Cover versions[edit]

In media[edit]

It appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who episode titled "Love & Monsters". 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.

It was played on 27th 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.

The song is used in the films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Magic Roundabout, The Game Plan, "Doogal", Megamind, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Invention of Lying , Role Models, A Smile as Big as the Moon, and Martian Child.

British band Take That also used samples of the song for a live version of Shine on their recent tours.

The song has also been used in American Dad!.

In 2002 the song was re-recorded by Lynne for use in the VW commercial "Bubble".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) |". Toponehitwonders.com. 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2007-10-19. 
  5. ^ "THE BEATLES The Beatles music review by MrCleveland". Progarchives.com. 
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFexdd_-tL8 Jeff Lynne on The One Show
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Electric Light Orchestra". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "charts.de - Electric Light Orchestra". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 - Electric Light Orchestra". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Releases : elo - Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". Elo.biz. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  12. ^ http://elo.biz/media/videos/30581
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhFy4qZ0ah8
  14. ^ http://cinema.usc.edu/news/article.cfm?id=13156

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