Most pop listeners think of Electric Light Orchestra as purveyors of string-laden, Beatle-esque pop but a few of their hits boasted a surprisingly hard-rocking edge. The best example is "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle," an Electric Light Orchestra tune where the power chords are as prominent as the string section. Like many a rocker, the lyrics of "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" are concerned with the boasts a man who considers himself the answer to every woman’s dreams. However, this song pushes the envelope by making its hard-loving protagonist almost psychotically determined he pursues the woman of the title: "You gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle or I will get you." This scenario is backed up with a driving melody composed of verges that surge forward in a powerful staccato style and a rousing chorus that is designed to be shouted along with in a glam-rock style. Electric Light Orchestra’s recording gives "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" a shot of hard-rock power by leaping out of the gate with a snarling, swaggering power-chord riff. Swirling violins and ominous cello lines are worked in to flesh out its texture, but this guitar riff drives and dominates the song. Jeff Lynne’s vocal compliments this rocking feel by avoiding his usual sweet pop croon in favor of a hoarse, rocking shout that fits the bravado of the lyrics. These elements made for song that rocked enough for radio but had enough slickness to capture the ears of pop listeners. As a result, "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" got plenty of radio play and has become a staple of the group’s compilation albums. It never quite became a hit single but its mixture of rock riffs and string textures set a precedent for future Electric Light Orchestra hits like "Rockaria" and "Do Ya."