First released on the band's fourth album Eldorado in September 1974, the song is the second track on the album and follows "Eldorado Overture." The song was released in November the same year as a single.
The song became the band's first top 10 single in the United States, reaching number 9, and helped boost public awareness of the band in the U.S.; however, back in the UK the single and LP failed to chart. In 1978, it was included as the lead song on a four-track ELO EP (UK release), reaching number 34 on the UK charts. The song has appeared on many ELO compilation albums.
Also in 2006, the teenage drama The OC featured a cover version of the song in an episode as well as commissioned the indie artist John Paul White to cover the track for Music from the OC: Mix 6 "Covering Our Tracks".