Listen to ELO Play the Ultimate Anti-Love Song on Valentine’s Day 1976
Forty-two years ago on the Day of Love, Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra treated Winterland to their cheeky new hit: "Evil Woman."Photo: Getty Images Music Features Electric Light Orchestra
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Forget roses and chocolate: On Valentine’s Day, 1976, it was date night at Bill Graham’s Winterland Arena in San Francisco, where couples were give a set-full of electro-prog tunes in a lively holiday performance by Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra.
Hailing from Birmingham, England, ELO had was already riding high in the United States by the time of this performance at Winterland in 1976, with a run of Top 10 hits beginning two years prior and lasting throughout the decade. In the mid-70s, Lynne infused the band with a more structured orchestral pop sound, including scintillating harmonies and lofty string sections cut with disco flair. The changes were reflected in their fifth studio album, 1975’s Face the Music, and memorable songs like Strange Magic,” “Fire on High” and “Evil Woman,” which hit the Top 10 in the UK.
“Evil Woman” lives on as one of the most emphatically embittered (and catchy) pop tunes of all time, with anti-romantic verses like:
Evil woman how you done me wrong
But now you’re tryin’ to wail a different song
Ha ha funny how you broke me up
You made the wine now you drink the cup
I came runnin’ every time you cried
Thought I saw love smilin’ in your eyes
Ha Ha very nice to know, that you ain’t got no place left to go
Swoon! This Valentine’s Day, listen to an exclusive recording of ELO performing a propulsive “Evil Woman” at Winterland 42 years go on this date.