Twilight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "Julie Don't Live Here"
Released 10 October 1981 (UK)
November 1981 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981 Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre New wave, synthrock
Length 3:37
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Hold On Tight"
"Ticket to the Moon" /
"Here Is the News"
Time track listing

"Twilight" was the second track and second single from the album Time (1981) written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). This song follows the previous track: "Prologue".

The song gained cult status in Japan amongst fans of Japanese animation and comics when it was used without authorisation as the theme music for the famous opening animation to the 1983 Daicon IV science fiction convention. It also appeared (with authorisation and credit) in a 1982 advertisement for the Toyota Celica XX (Supra).

In 2005, the music was used again for a homage to the DAICON IV opening, the animation that formed the opening for the television series Densha Otoko, a series featuring an otaku as the main character (along with several recurring extras). As a result of such uses, the song has become something of an anthem for otaku; since 2008, it has served as the kickoff song for Otakon's AMV contest.[1]

It was used as the finale song in the 2009-2010 Burton Snowboards film "The B Movie" Featuring most of the Burton team snowboarding on a massive "B" built out of snow.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart[2] 93
Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 40[3] 15
Dutch GfK chart[4] 18
French SNEP Singles Chart 10
German Media Control Singles Chart[5] 17
Irish Singles Chart[6] 18
UK Singles Chart[7] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 38
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 38
US Record World Singles[9] 39
US Radio & Records (R&R)[10][11] 25


  1. ^ "AMV - Video Information: The Otakon 2008 AMV Contest Intro". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ " - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 6 March 2013.  Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.
  7. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ ELO
  11. ^ Charts!

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