Returning guest, television writer, producer and director Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Friends, Desperate Housewives), makes the case that Electric Light Orchestra were - at their core - a fantastic 'singles' band. The 1979 compilation 'ELO's...
Returning guest, television writer, producer and director Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Friends, Desperate Housewives), makes the case that Electric Light Orchestra were - at their core - a fantastic 'singles' band. The 1979 compilation 'ELO's Greatest Hits' showcases the pop-genius of leader Jeff Lynn, as he meticulously crafted weirdly wonderful rock hits that combined classical orchestration with pop, rock and soul that somehow managed to become classic rock staples.
Songs featured in this episode: The Story Of A Rock and Roll Band - Randy Newman; Will and Grace Theme - Jonathan Wolff; National Brotherhood Week - Tom Lehrer; Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra; Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller; Rockaway Beach - Ramones; Xanadu - Electric Light Orchestra (Featuring Olivia Newton John); Do Ya - The Move; Rattled - Traveling Wilburys; Scenes From An Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel; Evil Woman, Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra; T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB; Can't Get It Out Of My Head - Electric Light Orchestra; Where Is My Mind? - Pixies; Showdown - Electric Light Orchestra; I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye; For A Few Dollars More (Main Theme) - Ennio Morricone; I Am The Walrus - The Beatles; 10538 Overture, Turn To Stone, Rockaria!, Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra; Do You Believe In Love - Huey Lewis & The News; Sweet Talkin' Woman (Take 2 Classic Cover) - The New Pornographers; Andy Warhol - David Bowie; Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra; Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd; Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, Strange Magic - Electric Light Orchestra; Do You Remember Walter - The Kinks; Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra; A Day In The Life - The Beatles; Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles; The Office Theme Song - Jay Ferguson; Little Drummer Boy - Neil Diamond; Day Tripper - Electric Light Orchestra (Live in Long Beach California, 1974)
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Jeff Greenstein is the Emmy-winning writer of Friends, Will & Grace, Parenthood and Desperate Housewives, and more recently directed episodes of Mom and The Neighborhood. Jeff grew up in Atlanta and attended Tufts University in Boston, where he started out as a computer science major, careened through the art history department, and ended up with a degree in film and dance. This is now the recommended path if one wishes to pursue a rewarding career in comedy.