SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, my record blog friends.. SATURDAY FRICKEN NIGHT FEVER. Happy Saturday. My fingers tell me to edit my words yet my disco heart is screaming to write pages about this album. Against my husband’s review ~ this album is placed in the TOP 20 album cover art (a close 2nd to TOP albums of the year ~but I can really only handle the BEE GEES so much). Afroes, white polyester suits, John Travolta’s hips, gold chains.. what more does a girl want? It’s a dance album and covers all the hits of that genre in a tidy soundtrack for the 1977 movie when John Travolta was hotter than any of us care to admit.
Maybe it’s because I put on tanning lotion in April or maybe it’s because I put laundry out to dry ~but I think this blog post may get half written from the picnic table where I type this now to the living room but the woodstove, shortly. growl. Let’s focus on this kick ass disco dancing album, shall we? It’s a total coinicidence for those of you that are media savey ~ that GLEE featured Saturday Night Fever for their episode this week (which we had downloaded) and I had already photographed and prepped this album to disco dance around the neighbourhood, today! Where to begin? If the first bars of the first song on that trailor don’t give you goose bumps, you’re not in touch with your inner funk. And we can’t be friends.
You betchyer ass you love that album. (thanks Sue Sylvestor = best character on GLEE).
Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 drama film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, an immature young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Lynn Gorney as his dance partner and eventual friend; and Donna Pescow as Tony’s former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his associations with a gang of macho friends.
A huge commercial success, the film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta, already well known from his role on TV’sWelcome Back, Kotter, a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, is one of the best selling soundtracks of all time. 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.
“Are you as good in bed as you are on that dance floor?” Burn baby burn. Time to go light the woodstove. xo disco inferno.
- Glee: Season 3 Episode 16: Saturday Night Glee-ver – TV Review (screencrave.com)