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Album: No AnswerReleased: 1971Charted:
This was the first song ELO recorded and released. When Jeff Lynne wrote it, he was in a band called The Move. This prompted some members of The Move to go ahead with plans to create a new band with string instruments called The Electric Light Orchestra.
Lynne wanted the lyrics to be about a man who had a number rather than a name.
1053 was the serial number of the desk Lynne used to write this. They added the 8 and included the word "Overture" to make it clear they were an orchestra.
The album was first released in the UK as Electric Light Orchestra. When it was released in the US a few months later, someone from their American Record company called to find out the name of the album, but didn't get through. That person wrote down "No Answer" on the paperwork, and that was accidentally used as the name of the US release.