Well it’s been a strange old ten days, from Sparks to Napalm Death via Suzy Quatro and Kid Creole, but today we nominate our final and best tracks. Remember the mission was for each of us to each select ten tracks that make us smile, that give us pleasure, that appeal to the ‘id’ rather than the ego.
So I am nominating the track that has given me the most consistent pleasure across the 36 years since it was released: Mr Blue Sky. Pure pop perfection. I saw recently that Jeff Lynne decided to re-record all the classic ELO tracks, including this one because he claimed they could be improved but they can’t. That is like Da Vinci saying “You know I never thought I got her smile right, I am going to give it another go.”
There are strangely not many videos of it on youtube, but this was the one I liked the most, someone’s homemade animation:
Meanwhile , before I hand over to Andy & Roy below, here is Mr Blue Sky being flashmobbed in Cork: