|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Discovery|
|A-side||"Last Train to London" (UK)|
|Released||8 October 1979 (US)|
|Recorded||1979, Musicland Studios, Munich|
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
|Discovery track listing|
"Confusion" is the second song from the 1979 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) album Discovery. It features 12-string acoustic guitar and vocoder.
It was released in the UK as a double A-side single with "Last Train to London". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart making it the fourth consecutive top 10 single to be taken from the Discovery album. In the United States the song was released as a single with "Poker" on the B-side becoming a more modest hit, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billboard Magazine rated "Confusion" as "a superbly crafted single," describing it as "a mid-tempo rock track that mixes a Beatlesque sound with a hint of disco." Cash Box called it a "bubbly Lynne concoction, mixing glossy pop melody with alternately grandiose and circus-like keyboard fills" and praised the song's hook and craftsmanship."
I'd just got hold of the very latest synthesizer, the Yamaha CS-80. The song is based entirely on the sound it made.— Discovery remaster (2001), Jeff Lynne
|Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 40||5|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||20|
|German Media Control Singles Chart||6|
|Irish Singles Chart||9|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||19|
|South African Singles Chart||10|
|UK Singles Chart||8|
|US Billboard Hot 100||37|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||41|
|US Cash Box Top 100 Singles||47|