Only 5 of these tracks on the XANADU soundtrack are actually ELO songs. The rest is OliviaNewton John (forgive me for evev citing her name on this webpage). The 5 ELO tunes areweak, pointless, disco-pop. Worthless as anything more than catchy bubble-gum pop. JeffLynne can never be said to n... ()
Everyone else from animator Don Bluth to ELO frontman Jeff Lynne distanced themselves from the project. Bluth had become involved when Don’t Walk Away was cut from the film and Lynne insisted the song be restored despite there being no room or need for it in the plot. Bluth was busy making The Secret of NIMH and had just 12 weeks to create the fantasy segment where Olivia Newton-John transforms first into a fish then a bird wearing leg-warmers. Bluth kept a small team of animators at his home until it was complete, and it stands alone as a charming romantic cartoon. Nearly identical sequences would be recycled for Bluth’s Thumbilina…. After charting fifteen top-20 hits in the ’70s, and four more from the Xanadu soundtrack alone, Lynne dissolved ELO replacing his band of 13 years with synthesizers. He went on to record the synth-pop soundtrack for Electric Dreams and eventually released his original version of the title song with his own voice instead of Newton-John’s.