Jeff Lynne also seems to have worn shades through the years to cultivate an air of mystery and all-knowingness. I definitely ain’t buyin’! In his shades, he’s like the Wizard of Oz behind that velvet drapery, a well-intentioned, overworked control freak. The shades are a compensatory device, and based on the guy’s musical output, I suggest he remove the shades and grow comfortable with his craftsman’s body of work.
Shades were purely functional to hide the bleary coke eyes of a Bob Welch. Not cool, if you ask me. I don’t know if his silk scarf was functional or not. Maybe he was using it to hide hickeys from 15-year-old girls he’d picked up on The Road.