Don't Bring Me Down" is the ninth and final track on the Electric Light Orchestra's 1979 album . It is their highest charting hit in the US to date. Discovery
History [ edit ]
It's a great big galloping ball of distortion. I wrote it at the last minute, 'cos I felt there weren't enough loud ones on the album. This was just what I was after.
— Discovery remaster (2001), Jeff Lynne
"Don't Bring Me Down" is the band's second highest charting hit in the UK where it peaked at number 3
and their biggest hit in the [2 ] United States, peaking at number 4 on the . Billboard Hot 100 It also charted well in Canada (number 1) and Australia (number 6). This was the first song by ELO not to include a [3 ] string section. [4 ]
The drum track is in fact a tape loop, coming from "On the Run" looped and slowed down.
The song ends with the sound of a door slamming. According to producer Jeff Lynne, this was a metal fire door at
Musicland Studios where the song was recorded. [4 ]
The song was dedicated to the
NASA Skylab space station, which re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and Western Australia on 11 July 1979. [4 ]
On 4 November 2007, Lynne was awarded a BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) Million-Air certificate for "Don't Bring Me Down" for the song having reached two million airplays.
Misheard lyric [ edit ]
mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Lynne shouts "Bruce!". According to the liner notes of the ELO compilation , he is saying a made-up lyric, "Grroosss," which some have suggested sounds like the southern German expression " Flashback Grüß Gott." After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows. [5 ]
Music video [ edit ]
music video for the song was produced, which showed video of the band performing the song interspersed with various animations relating to the song's subject matter, including big-bottomed majorettes and a pulsating neon frankfurter. The band's three resident string players are depicted playing keyboards in the music video.
Jeff Lynne version [ edit ]
Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs, under the ELO name. [6 ]
Cover versions, samplings and remixes [ edit ]
punk rock band J Church recorded a version that appears on the Mailorder is Fun compilation released by Asian Man Records. In 1998, North Carolina
sludge metal band Buzzov•en covered the song on their album . ...At a Loss In 2001,
Op:l Bastards covered the song as a single. In 2003,
Status Quo covered the song on their album . Riffs In 2005,
Parthenon Huxley covered the song on his Homemade Spaceship album. Huxley's version is a Goons-ish sendup featuring ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt (credited as Jelly Donut) on spoken vocals and ELO violinist Mik Kaminski (credited as Poppadom Screech) on violin. In 2006,
L.E.O. includes a shortened cover of the song as a hidden track on their album Alpacas Orgling. In 2006,
J-pop band PUFFY (a.k.a. Puffy AmiYumi) have a cover of the song featured on the B-side of their single " Hataraku Otoko". In 2007, Finnish symphonic metal supergroup
Northern Kings covered the song on their album . Reborn In 2010,
Donna Loren covered the song on her album Love It Away. In 2012,
The Hives released a song called " Go Right Ahead". Though not a direct cover, the main riff in the song is nearly identical to the one in "Don't Bring Me Down", and as a result Jeff Lynne was officially credited as a co-writer. [7 ]
OK Go performed the song and released on their Live From SoHo EP in 2007.
The New Pornographers have covered this song in various concerts. [8 ]
Jungle Brothers sample the song on "Because I Got It Like That" from their debut album in 1988. Straight out the Jungle "Don't Bring Me Down" was remixed by
Remix Artist Collective member Karl Kling.
Appearances in other media [ edit ]
The song was featured in the 1997 mob thriller
, the 2010 film Donnie Brasco (the re-recorded version), and in the 2011 films Furry Vengeance and Paul . Super 8 The song is featured in the sky-diving scene in the 2008 comedy
. College Road Trip The song is played in
Season 1 episode "Hunches and Heists" while racing to cross the bridge. The Good Guys The song appeared in a commercial for
Budweiser's Select 55 beer. Part of the song is performed by LINDA, a group of characters from the
episode " Doctor Who Love & Monsters", before they are interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Victor Kennedy. The song appears in the 2011 video game
. NHL 12 The song has been used in numerous film trailers, including those for
, Stranger Than Fiction , Flushed Away and Our Idiot Brother (as well as a scene in the movie), and it was featured in the scene in Jack and Jill where the pirate captain makes a course to London. The Pirates! Band of Misfits The song is played on the 23 December 2012
episode " Family Guy Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" during the with Ben Hur/Him Adam Sandler film trailer scene. The song appears in a trailer from the 2013 film
, a spin-off of Planes Disney Pixar Cars.
Chart and sales [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Sales and certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ a b " Archive Chart: 1979-09-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved . 5 March 2013
^ a b c d Porter, Robert (May 2013). "Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne -- Don't Bring Me Down: An in-depth song analysis". Jefflynnesongs.com . Retrieved . 26 May 2013
^ Wild, David. "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band and the Pop Genius Who Dared to Go Baroque". (Media notes). Flashback
^ "Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". Elo.biz. 5 October 2012 . Retrieved . 28 February 2013
^ Johnston, Maura (27 March 2012). "The Hives: Go Right Ahead". . Rolling Stone Jann Wenner . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ Padgett, Ray (20 August 2010). "Consequence of Sound Presents…Best Fest Covers". Consequence of Sound . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970-1992 St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
^ " Austriancharts.at – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ " Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 6 oktober 1979" (in Dutch). Top 30 . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ CHART NUMBER 1181 – Saturday, September 01, 1979 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 July 2007). CHUM. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
^ " Top RPM Singles: Issue 6839a." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Electric Light Orchestra" from the artist drop-down menu . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ " Officialcharts.de – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ " The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Bring Me Down". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Don't Bring Me Down search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ " Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ " Charts.org.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za . Retrieved . 29 April 2013
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
^ " Swisscharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down". Swiss Singles Chart.
^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending SEPTEMBER 22, 1979 at the Wayback Machine (archived 5 February 2011). . Retrieved 14 July 2014. Cash Box magazine
^ RECORD WORLD 1979 at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 May 2005). . Geocities.com. Retrieved 14 July 2014. Record World
^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ "Jaaroverzichten 1979" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ "Top Singles – Volume 32, No. 13, December 22, 1979". . RPM Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1979" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1979" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ "End of Year Charts 1979". Recorded Music New Zealand . Retrieved . 30 October 2015
^ "Top 100 Hits for 1979". The Longbored Surfer . Retrieved . 14 July 2014
^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1979 at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 August 2012). . Retrieved 14 July 2014. Cash Box magazine
^ "British single certifications – ELO – Don't Bring Me Down". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Don't Bring Me Down in the field Keywords . Select Title in the field Search by . Select single in the field By Format . Select Silver in the field By Award . Click Search
^ "American single certifications – Electric Light Orchestra – Don_t Bring Me Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Single , then click SEARCH
External links [ edit ]
"Alright" / "Love Changes All" / "Do Ya" (Unedited Alternative Mix)
"Moment in Paradise" / "Alright" (
PBS 2001 Version) / "Mr. Blue Sky" (PBS 2001 Version) / "Livin' Thing" (PBS 2001 Version)