DO YA

The Move

United Artists 50928, 1972
Billboard: #93

While the Move were reliable hitmakers in the UK throughout their existence, their only US chart appearance came with a record that signaled the end of their existence. After 45s on Deram, A&M and Capitol had all stiffed, United Artists, which had signed the Electric Light Orchestra, successor to the Move, wound up with a handful of Move singles that were doing lower-than-average business in Britain. "Do Ya", in fact, was the B-side of "California Man", Roy Wood's best Jerry Lee Lewis impression; "Do Ya", however, was something entirely different. Written by Jeff Lynne, who would lead ELO following Wood's departure, "Do Ya" is pure riff-driven crunch, with the treble cranked up to a Spinal Tap-like 11. Richard Cromelin, in his liner notes for UA's Split Ends compilation LP, explained it this way: "It takes a long time to hear all the words, it gets a little bit shorter every time you hear it, and it sounds great over a tinny portable radio." What more could you want? Jeff Lynne later recut "Do Ya" with ELO (on A New World Record, 1976), and while the riff was there, the edge was gone. Naturally, the ELO ve