The basest similarity is easy to define. They're both art rock groups,
both employing a layered musical sound and lots of classical
instrumentation. ELO may have pioneered the use of strings as an
integrated musical sound, but we see from Days of Future Passed in 67 how
the Moodies used a symphonic sound to bridge the songs. Of course, the
Moodies used strings and such to enrich the sound -- ELO used it as a
mainstay (until 1980 at least) as well as incorporating strings into the
live act. Career-wise, the Moodies got a leg up in establishing themselves
while ELO was forming, then took a sort-of siesta while ELO became really
big in the middle 70s. And while ELO favored melodic hooks and a slick,
aggressive pop sound the Moodies were always lyrically more poetic and
contemplative in a way we haven't seen from any group since.
I write this because I hear songs like Your Wildest Dream and Gemini Dream
and others from their 80s resurgence and think how much they sound like a
Jeff Lynne-inspired tune that you can't help but notice a similarity. Did
ELO inspire the Moodies? Did the Moodies lead ELO down the symphonic rock
path? And of course I wonder why the Moodies have lasted so long (they
HAVE to be the longest lived band out there, save for the Stones)...and we
all know that has to do with them being more of a complete band rather
than a one-man-led (Jeff) band.
I agree with you completely about "Gemini Dream". It sounds very much like
Jeff to me.
This is why it is my favourate Moody song I guess. There are also some Queen
songs that sound very ELO-ish.
It seems logical to me bands influence each other.
What especially interesting is that both bands are from Birmingham.
I once read a very brief interview with Jeff Lynne from around 1972 (in
Melody Maker, I believe), where we was critical of the Moodies. I think
they also crossed paths at the 1986 Heartbeat benefit concert.
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