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
  • 4 October 1976 (US)
  • 13 November 1976 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded Musicland Studios, Munich; 1976
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 3:32
Label United Artists (US)
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Livin' Thing"
A New World Record track listing
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"Livin' Thing" on YouTube

"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 tune that became the band's most popular instrumental piece. The UK version was released in a blue vinyl format.

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