Livin' Thing

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"Livin' Thing"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
B-side"Fire On High" (UK)
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (US)
ReleasedOctober 1976 (US)
November 1976 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedMusicland Studios, Munich; 1976
GenreSymphonic rock
Length3:32
LabelJet Records, United Artists
Writer(s)Jeff Lynne
ProducerJeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Strange Magic"
(1976)
"Livin' Thing"
(1976)
"Rockaria!"
(1977)
Music sample
 
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"Livin' Thing"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
B-side"Fire On High" (UK)
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (US)
ReleasedOctober 1976 (US)
November 1976 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedMusicland Studios, Munich; 1976
GenreSymphonic rock
Length3:32
LabelJet Records, United Artists
Writer(s)Jeff Lynne
ProducerJeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Strange Magic"
(1976)
"Livin' Thing"
(1976)
"Rockaria!"
(1977)
Music sample

"Livin' Thing" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra. It appears on ELO's 1976 platinum-selling album, A New World Record. Patti Quatro sang uncredited vocals, particularly the 'higher and higher' parts of "Livin' Thing", according to Unzipped, an autobiography by her sister Suzi Quatro.

In August 2006, "Livin' Thing" was named by the UK's Q as the #1 'Guilty Pleasure' single of all time – a list designed to celebrate 'uncool' but excellent records, and which received considerable publicity.[1] The original single had the bonus of having "Fire On High" on the flip side, a song that became the band's most popular instrumental piece. The UK version was released in a Blue vinyl format.

The song has appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Boogie Nights, the 2005 film Tjenare Kungen, and 2007 film, Chaos Theory.

Contents

Chart positions

Chart (1976)Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart2
Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 403
Canadian RPM Top Singles4
Dutch Top 406
French SNEP Singles Chart5
German Media Control Singles Chart9
Irish Singles Chart6
South African Singles Chart1
UK Singles Chart[2]4
U.S. Billboard Hot 10013
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles10
U.S. Record World Singles10

Covers

In 2004, The Beautiful South covered the track for their covers album Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs. It reached #24 on the UK charts.[3]

Livin' Thing – CD1

Livin' Thing [3:17]
I'm Living Good [4:00]
(Sony Music UK; 6753711)

Livin' Thing – CD2

Livin' Thing [3:17]
Lovin' You [2:53]
Another Night With The Boys [3:32]
(Sony Music UK; 6753712)

References