Shine a Little Love
|"Shine a Little Love"|
|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Discovery|
|Recorded||1979 at Musicland Studios, Munich|
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
|Discovery track listing|
"Shine a Little Love" is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released as a single in the US and UK in May 1979.
The song is the first track on their 1979 album Discovery. This was one of the band's most commercially successful singles, peaking at no. 1 in Canada, no. 6 in the UK Singles Chart and no. 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The song subsequently became one of their biggest worldwide hits as well. The 12" release was also available in white vinyl. Two different promotional videos were filmed for the single, a recording studio version shot on 35mm film, minus the band's three string players and a video-taped version made for the Discovery video album, featuring the full touring line-up.
|“||A bit of a disco beat on this one, and quite a lot of things going on, forty piece string section and all. It's very jolly and bouncy and I must have been in a very good mood when I wrote it!||”|
|— Discovery remaster (2001), Jeff Lynne|
The song was later sampled as a club remix by Lovefreekz and featured on their club hit "Shine". This version was featured in the episode "Okay Awesome" during season 1 of the TV show How I Met Your Mother.
In 2007, the Starlight Children's Foundation of Australia promoted their national Starlight Day on 4 May through television advertisements featuring this song.
The Norwegian comedy group band Prima Vera also used the 14-second long intro in their song "Den Sinte Festus", which also features the melody of the title song from the popular western series Bonanza.
"Jungle" is a song written by Jeff Lynne which first appeared as an album track from the 1977 album Out of the Blue. According to the band members' opinions, recording Jungle was a lot of fun owing to the various types of sound effects, the upbeat tune, and the jungle animal noises provided by Lynne, Bev Bevan, and Kelly Groucutt. Like most songs from the LP, the song starts with a fade in sequence by Tandy then continues in a different tune.
|“||On 'Jungle', I was inspired by an old Hollywood movie 42nd Street by Busby Berkeley. I liked the sound of the tap dancers so we re-created this dance in the corridor of Musicland.||”|
|— 26 February 2007 - Out Of The Blue remaster liner notes, Jeff Lynne|
|“||Great fun recording this song with our imitations of bird calls, elephants, Tarzan and even a tap dance sequence performed by Jeff, Kelly and myself.||”|
|— 1977 - Japanese Out Of The Blue LP liner notes (United Artists GXG 25/26), Bev Bevan|
|“||For Jungle, Jeff, Richard, Kelly and Bev provided their own effects and ably imitated the sound of animals, Tarzan and a dubiously named dance troupe in full swing.||”|
|— 26 February 2007 - Out Of The Blue remaster liner notes, Rob Caiger|
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