Monday Classic: Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing

It’s time for this week’s edition of Monday Classic on Running Wolf’s Rant and today I’m featuring a song from 1976 (which makes it one year older than me). Electric Light Orchestra were extremely famous back then and released a little song called “Livin’ Thing”.

You may recognize this song from the Castle Lager adverts that used to air on South African television a few years ago. In case you were wondering: Electric Light Orchestra (also known as ELO) was formed in 1971 in Birmingham in the UK. They were active till 1983, then popped up again in the musical radar in 1985 & 1986, 2000 & 2001 and 2012. The band was formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood left the band, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album. To date ELO have released no less than 13 studio albums.


Jeff Lynne was also the co-founder and member of the Traveling Wilburys (together with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty) and he has produced recordings for artists like The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Roy Orbison, Dave Edmunds, Del Shannon and Tom Petty. He’s truly one of the legends of the music industry. He’s probably best known for being the only constant member of Electric Light Orchestra.

“Livin’ Thing” was released on the “A New World Record” album in 1976. This 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. Many music critics consider this song to be one of the most underrated singles of all time. The song reached number 1 on the SA singles chart and number 2 on the Australian singles charts when it was released. I have to admit that this is damn catchy and I’m pretty sure that this will chase whatever Monday blues you still have left away.

What do you think of “Livin’ Thing” ? Do you have any cool memories attached to it or do you despise it with all your heart and soul? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If this tune has made your Monday a little bit more bearable, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone

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