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Don't Bring Me Down

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B-side  "Dreaming of 4000"
Format  7" single
Length  4:02
Released  1979
Genre  Pop rock
Label  Jet

"Don't Bring Me Down" is the ninth and final track on the English rock band the Electric Light Orchestra's 1979 album Discovery. It is their highest charting hit in the United States to date.



"Don't Bring Me Down" is the band's second highest charting hit in the UK where it peaked at number 3 and their biggest hit in the United States, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted well in Canada (number 1) and Australia (number 6). This was the first song by ELO not to include a string section.

The drum track is in fact a tape loop, coming from "On the Run" looped and slowed down.

The song ends with the sound of a door slamming. According to producer Jeff Lynne, this was a metal fire door at Musicland Studios where the song was recorded.

The song was dedicated to the NASA Skylab space station, which re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and Western Australia on 11 July 1979.

On 4 November 2007, Lynne was awarded a BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) Million-Air certificate for "Don't Bring Me Down" for the song having reached two million airplays.

Misheard lyric

A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Lynne shouts "Bruce!" In the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback and elsewhere, Lynne has explained that he is singing a made-up word, "Grooss," which some have suggested sounds like the southern German expression "Grüß Gott." After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.

Music video

A music video for the song was produced, which showed video of the band performing the song interspersed with various animations relating to the song's subject matter, including big-bottomed majorettes and a pulsating neon frankfurter. The band's three resident string players are depicted playing keyboards in the music video.

Jeff Lynne version

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs and under the ELO name called Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra.


  • Jeff Lynne – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
  • Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
  • Richard Tandy – grand piano, synthesizer, electric piano, clavinet
  • Kelly Groucutt – bass, vocals
  • Cover versions, samplings and remixes

  • In 2001, Op:l Bastards covered the song as a single.
  • In 2012, The Hives released a song called "Go Right Ahead". Though not a direct cover, the main riff in the song is nearly identical to the one in "Don't Bring Me Down", and as a result Jeff Lynne was officially credited as a co-writer.
  • Jungle Brothers sample the song on "Because I Got It Like That" from their debut album Straight out the Jungle in 1988.
  • ApologetiX parodies this song on Recovery as "Don't Bring Me Cows".
  • Buzzoven covers this song on the 1998 album ...At a Loss.
  • Appearances in other media

  • The song was featured in the 1997 mob thriller Donnie Brasco, the 2010 film Furry Vengeance (the re-recorded version), and in the 2011 films Paul and Super 8.
  • The song is featured in the sky-diving scene in the 2008 comedy College Road Trip.
  • The song is played in The Good Guys Season 1 episode "Hunches and Heists" while racing to cross the bridge.
  • The song appeared in a commercial for Budweiser's Select 55 beer.
  • Part of the song is performed by LINDA, a group of characters from the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", before they are interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Victor Kennedy.
  • The song appears in the 2011 video game NHL 12.
  • The song has been used in numerous film trailers, including those for Stranger Than Fiction, Flushed Away, Our Idiot Brother and Jack and Jill (as well as a scene in the movie), and it was featured in the scene in The Pirates! Band of Misfits where the pirate captain makes a course to London.
  • The song is played on the 23 December 2012 Family Guy episode "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" during the Ben Hur/Him with Adam Sandler film trailer scene.
  • The song appears in a trailer from the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Cars.
  • References

    Don't Bring Me Down Wikipedia

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