Showdown (Electric Light Orchestra song)
|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album 'On the Third Day (US version)|
|B-side||"In Old England Town" (instrumental)|
|Recorded||1973, Air Studios|
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
In the US the song was included on the album On the Third Day (1973), while in the UK the song was omitted from that album but featured a year later on the band's first compilation album, also entitled Showdown. In 2006 the remastered issue of On the Third Day would feature the song on the album on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time.
The song showed a change of style for ELO, with a funkier backbeat beneath the band's trademark sweeping strings, and the inclusion of a clavinet. The record was a favourite of John Lennon at the time, who dubbed the band "Son of Beatles" in a US radio interview.
The B-side, "In Old England Town", is an edited instrumental version of "In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)" by Lynne. Recorded in 1972, this was the opening track of the band's second LP ELO 2, and was one of two songs on the album that featured Roy Wood on cello and bass guitar, the other being "From the Sun to the World". Shortly after recording these tracks Wood abandoned ELO to form Wizzard, and he was not originally credited on the LP sleeve. Normally Wood and Lynne co-produced all their collaborations, but it is unknown whether Wood was involved in the production of either track.
A planned concept album entitled "The Lost Planet" was quietly abandoned and sessions for the second LP proper began May 1972. Two new Jeff Lynne songs, "From the Sun to the World" and "In Old England Town" were the first to be recorded and included Roy Wood on bass guitar and cello, but in little more than a month, the co-founder of the ELO concept left the group. —Rob Caiger, 28 March 2006, ELO II Remaster
The song was included in ELO's first 1972 tour playlist, simply titled Jeff's Boogie #2, and had a different set of lyrics. This early live version was filmed for Granada Television's Set of Six in 1972; that is the only live footage of the original ELO known to exist. These songs were released on a 2006 DVD called ELO – Total Rock Review.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||47|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||28|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||25|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||12|
|US Billboard Hot 100||53|
|US Cash Box||51|
Jeff Lynne version
|Song by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra|
|Recorded||2001–2012 Bungalow Palace|
|Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing|
Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio.[when?] It was released on the compilation album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra along with other re-recorded ELO songs, under the ELO name.
Covers and media use
- Odia Coates charted in 1975 with her cover.
- The song was covered in 1995 by Asia, featuring would-be ELO Part II vocalist John Payne; it was included on the Archiva Vol. 2 compilation album.
- In the 1996 comedy movie Kingpin, the song was used as background music during a one-on-one bowling tournament.
- Ray Liotta heralds the song's use in the 2007 movie Wild Hogs, stating "At least someone's here to face the music".
- EA's 2009 video game Skate 2 features the song in both the opening movie and soundtrack.
- The song is heard in the 1999 movie Outside Providence.
- In July 2012, Fox News Channel show The Five returned from a commercial break with a side-by-side split screen of President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, set to the song.
- On 17 November 2013, NBC Sunday Night Football played the song just before a commercial break in the 3rd quarter as the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs played the 8-1 Denver Broncos in an AFC West rivalry game.
- Pardo, Pete (10 October 2006). "Electric Light Orchestra: On the Third Day (remaster)". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
Listen to their soaring lines on the hit single "Showdown", a mix of rock, funk, and soul, with some great keyboard sounds from Tandy and a bitchin' guitar solo from Lynne.
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- CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending FEBRUARY 9, 1974 at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 October 2012). Cash Box magazine.
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