Mr. Radio (song)

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"Mr. Radio"
Song by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album
The Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer)
Released 1971
Recorded 1970 – 1971 Philips studios, London
Length 5:04
Label Harvest (UK)
United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne

"Mr. Radio" is a song recorded by the Electric Light Orchestra.

The song was the scheduled second single release from the band's debut album written by Jeff Lynne and is track number six on their 1971 debut album, The Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer in the US). The song is written in a 1920s American style about a man whose wife has left him and his only companion is his radio.[1] The orchestral intro to the song is played backwards and is an early example of what would be Lynne's trademark ELO production style; another oddity is that the track does not feature any bass notes.

The beginning and the end of the song contains backwards samples of a Mozart symphony, and in the bridge section there is a distantly heard piece of backmasking, with Lynne singing, "Hello, Mr. Radio," which is flipped backwards in the song and augmented with reverberation.[2]

The single edit can be found on a 2005 compilation album, Harvest Showdown and on the 'Harvest Years 1970-1973' compilation. A remastered version would appear on the box set Flashback and later on remastered versions of their first album.


  1. ^ Van der Kiste, John (2017). Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song. Fonthill Media. ISBN 9781781556009. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
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