1. “Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe” 4:07
2. “Bluebird is Dead” 4:24
3. “Oh No Not Susan” 3:07
4. “New World Rising / Ocean Breakup (reprise)” 4:05
6. “Daybreaker” 3:51
7. “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle” 3:56
8. “Dreaming of 4000” 5:04
9. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (Edvard Grieg)
Things are starting to come together. And we have a video…
Electric Light Orchestra
(s/t in UK 1971)
(‘No Answer’ in USA 1972)
Everyone seems to agree that this was a bit of a muddled mess. Roy Wood established the band with Jeff Lynne. They share song writing credit, but the original idea (following on from the Beatles) was only mildly successful. It made 32 in the UK album charts.
It was Brown M&M’s and they were a part of Van Halen’s contract for venues.
The band specified “Munchies”, including M & M’s WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES
The M&Ms provision was included in Van Halen’s contracts as it served a practical purpose: to provide a simple way of determining whether the technical specifications of the contract had been thoroughly read and complied with.
As Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth explained in his autobiography:
Van Halen was the first band to take huge productions into tertiary, third-level markets. We’d pull up with nine eighteen-wheeler trucks, full of gear, where the standard was three trucks, max. And there were many, many technical errors — whether it was the girders couldn’t support the weight, or the flooring would sink in, or the doors weren’t big enough to move the gear through.
The contract rider read like a version of the Chinese Yellow Pages because there was so much equipment, and so many human beings to make it function. So just as a little test, in the technical aspect of the rider, it would say “Article 148: There will be fifteen amperage voltage sockets at twenty-foot spaces, evenly, providing nineteen amperes …” This kind of thing. And article number 126, in the middle of nowhere, was: “There will be no brown M&M’s in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation.”
So, when I would walk backstage, if I saw a brown M&M in that bowl … well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error. They didn’t read the contract. Guaranteed you’d run into a problem. Sometimes it would threaten to just destroy the whole show. Something like, literally, life-threatening.
Great song, originally heard on the Clockwork Cabaret. The original version is a masterclass in anticipation. The band frequently holds back on the beat, making you wait for it. Plus it has an amazing vibe, with the vocalist changing key throughout the song.