Livin' Thing

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Not to be confused with Living Thing.
"Livin' Thing"
Livin Thing Single.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
B-side
Released
  • 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
"Nightrider"
(1976)
"Livin' Thing"
(1976)
"Rockaria!"
(1977)
A New World Record track listing
Music sample
Music video
"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.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1976–77) Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6] 8
Canada (CHUM)[7] 4
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[8] 41
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 4
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[15] 1
Spain (AFE)[16] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 13
US Cash Box[20] 10
US Record World[21] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Rank
Canada (RPM Top 200 Singles)[22] 106
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 85
Chart (1977) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[24] 27
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[25] 25
Canada (RPM Top 200 Singles)[26] 106
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[27] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[28] 77
Preceded by
"If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago
South African number-one single
18 March 1977 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Smile" by Pussycat

Jeff Lynne version[edit]

"Livin' Thing"
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 3:42
Label Frontiers
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing

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.[29]

Covers[edit]

In 2004, The Beautiful South covered the track for their covers album Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs. It reached number 24 on the UK charts and number 26 on the Irish charts.[30][31]

Livin' Thing – CD1 (Sony Music UK; 6753711)
  1. Livin' Thing [3:17]
  2. I'm Living Good [4:00]
Livin' Thing – CD2 (Sony Music UK; 6753712)
  1. Livin' Thing [3:17]
  2. Lovin' You [2:53]
  3. Another Night with the Boys [3:32]
Chart (2004) Peak
Position
Ireland (IRMA)[30] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[31] 24

Uses in films[edit]

The song has appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Boogie Nights, the 2005 film Tjenare kungen, the 2007 film, Chaos Theory and the 2011 film Hunky Dory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quatro, Suzi (2008). Unzipped. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-93751-8. 
  2. ^ "ELO top 'guilty secret' song list". BBC News Online. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970—1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 1 januari 1977" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  7. ^ CHART NUMBER 1042 – Wednesday, December 29, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 12 February 2006). CHUM.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 4446." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5169a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Living Thing". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Thing search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  15. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Livin' Thing". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1976-12-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  20. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending DECEMBER 25, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 5 March 2013). CHUM.
  21. ^ "Song artist 137 – Electric Light Orchestra". TsorT. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1976" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1977" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 28, No. 14, December 31, 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1977". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1977". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  29. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". Elo.biz. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Livin' Thing". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  31. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2004-10-17" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 May 2015.

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