To celebrate the airing of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction this Saturday, 4/29 on HBO we’re running a series of essays and feature analyzing and highlighting the implications of who was inducted in 2017.
Earlier this month, Electric Light Orchestra was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The flamboyant ’70s band had been eligible since the late ’90s, which tells you all you need to know about how strangely under-appreciated ELO has been by critics and tastemakers over the years. But in spite of ELO’s innate ’70s-ness — few rock bands embraced the era’s ethos of excess with greater verve — the sheer quality of Jeff Lynne’s songs and the love-it-or-hate-it audacity of his lavish production has helped the band’s music age with surprising grace.
Nevertheless, this is still a band that is known to most people by a small handful of songs that have been played incessantly on the radio — “Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Mr. Blue Sky.” Those are all wonderful songs, but ELO’s catalogue has so much more to offer. Before the premiere of the Rock Hall induction telecast on HBO this Saturday, here is a playlist of 10 deep cuts that will deepen your appreciation of all things ELO.