THIS is the one almost all of you suggested… and with good reason. This may be the most decade-defining soundtrack out there.
Special disco props go out to Hannah, Lynn, Tati, Sue, Michelle, Denise and Denise!
Here is another movie I know I did not get until much later on in life.
Saturday Night Fever came out 1977 and was directed by John Badham. It starred Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow and what the heck was his name… you know… the guy from Welcome Back Kotter… KIDDING! The dancing machine, John Travolta starred as Tony Manero. Yes, Sylvester Stallone co-wrote and directed the sequel Staying Alive.
According to Wikipedia: “The story is based upon a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”. In the late 1990s, Cohn acknowledged that the article had been fabricated.” I did not know that he made it all up… Crazy!
The movie and soundtrack “helped to popularize disco music around the world…”
“The film is the first example of cross-media marketing, with the tie-in soundtrack’s single being used to help promote the film before its release and the film popularizing the entire soundtrack after its release. The film also showcased aspects of the music, the dancing, and the subculture surrounding the disco era: symphony-orchestrated melodies, haute-couture styles of clothing, pre-AIDS sexual promiscuity, and graceful choreography.”
As much as disco defines the ’70s, there was some killer Rock n’ Roll that came out of that decade… Obviously you would not know that here, on this soundtrack… But that was and will always be more of my scene… Hell, I was too young to don the tight pants, open the shirt and do the naughty stuff anyway…
So let me just say Bruuuuuuuuuce! Of course other active bands included Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, The Rolling Stones and Queen, to give you just a little taste.
But today is all about Disco!
Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)
Out of 17 tracks, six are written and performed by the Bee Gees (there are also two non-Bee Gees performances of their tunes). Obviously the Brothers Gibb are who most of us associate with this soundtrack… you know, the mildly successful album that went 15x Platinum, won Album of the Year and is ranked #131 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
“They wrote “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “More Than a Woman” (performed in the film in two different versions—one version by Tavares, and another by the Bee Gees) and “If I Can’t Have You” (performed in the movie by Yvonne Elliman) as part of a regular album. They had no idea at the time they would be making a soundtrack, and say that, basically, they lost an album in the process. Two previously released Bee Gees songs—“Jive Talkin'” and “You Should Be Dancing”—are also included on the soundtrack. Other previously released songs from the disco era round out the music in the movie.”
“In addition to the Bee Gees songs, additional incidental music was composed and adapted by David Shire.”
My other faves are considered Disco Classics… “A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy, “Boogie Shoes” by K.C. And The Sunshine Band, “K-Jee” by M.F.S.B. and “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps.
While I know I tried to bust out some of these moves at my Bar Mitzvah and those of my friends, I know I am NO dancer… Yet this still makes me want to jump up and boogie… I just need a few lessons… Hey Barbarino are you out there for me???