CONFUSION

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA - 1979

THE SONG

."Confusion" is the second song from the 1979 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) album Discovery.

It was released in the UK as a double single with "Last Train to London". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States the song was number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.

THE BAND

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. Firstly, ELO was formed by 6 musicians:

Jeff Lynne – vocals, guitar

Bev Bevan – drums

Richard Tandy – keyboards

Kelly Groucutt – bass guitar, vocals

Mik Kaminskiviolin

Hugh McDowellcello

▪ Melvyn Gale - cello

Jeff Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.

founder and member of the supergroup Traveling Wilburys together with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

Lynne has produced recordings for artists such as the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Roy Orbison, Dave Edmunds, Del Shannon and Tom Petty.

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The majority of covers of the song are from tribute bands, like

Explosive like Orchestra, or the ELO experience.


The song was written in Cmajor, and it has three parts divided in two smaller once.

A-B A-B A-B

It finishes with an instrumental part.

Appart for the voices and the chorus, the song stands out for the use of keyboards because of the sounds they can offer. Also, the bass has an important role.


The lyrics talk about the feeling of confusion and what it makes on you. For example, when you don’t know what to say, when you don’t know what to do...

The lyirics have a bit of meaninglessness but this shortcoming is hidden by the music. But if you read the lyrics with no music its no poetry.

REVIEWS

OUR REVIEWS


- A must have for any fan of ELO and anyone who just enjoys great music that is well recorded.

- This bring back all those great memories!

- One of the greatest songs of the very best album of Electric Light Orchestra


REVIEW BY JAMES CHRISPELL


Electric Light Orchestra continued on their winning Top 40 ways with the release of Discovery. Now pared down to the basic four-piece unit, Jeff Lynne continued to dominate the band and they still got their hits (this time around it was the smash "Don't Bring Me Down"). Elsewhere on the disc there was, of note, "Last Train to London" and "Confusion." Though Discovery charted well, it was becoming obvious that ELO were starting to run themselves out of useful Beatles hooks with which to fuel their hit-making machine.