I Got A Fever

By: sonofabeach96

Dec 14 2015

Category: Uncategorized

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I made a post the other day about traveling back to the ’70’s (Time travelin) when hearing particular songs.  One of the comments I got was from my friend, elpasowoman, who was disappointed I didn’t mention Saturday Night Fever.  It’s true, I neglected to list any songs from the soundtrack, or the film itself.  I do apologize, as it is certainly the film that largely defined the latter half of the decade.

So, to make up for the unintentional slight, I’ll take advantage of the fortuitous fact that on this date, in 1977, the film Saturday Night Fever was released.  It was directed by John Badham and starred John Travolta, Karen Gorney, and Donna Pescow.  The music, of course, was primarily by The BeeGees with David Shire.  The film was a commercial success and made John Travolta, already well-known from his role as Vinny Barbarino on Welcome Back Kotter, a household name.

Saturday Night Fever was critically acclaimed as well.  In fact, in 2010, The Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and preserved it forever in The National Film Registry.  It highlighted the era of disco sub-culture and dancing style, haute couture fashions, and pre-AIDS promiscuity.  It was the first film to truly utilize cross-media promotion as the soundtrack was released first and helped promote the movie.  The movie itself then promoted the soundtrack.  It was based on a 1976 article from New York magazine titled, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, written by Nik Cohn.  Cohn would later admit that the article was fabricated.  The movie was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor (Travolta), BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, BAFTA Award for Best Sound, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture-Comedy of Musical, Best Actor-Comedy or Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.  Gene Siskel, who once rated it his favorite movie, said, “One minute into Saturday Night Fever you know this picture is onto something, that it knows what it’s talking about.”  And of Travolta, he said, “Travolta on the dance floor is like a peacock on amphetamines.  He struts like crazy.”

The soundtrack alone made this movie notable.  At one time it was the best-selling soundtrack of all-time.  Some of the BeeGees most-loved hits are from the original score.  Songs like “More Than A Woman”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and “Jive Talkin'” are classics.  One funny note is that “Lowdown” by Boz Skaggs was slated for a scene but was withheld because reps from Skaggs’ label, Capital Records, refused to grant legal clearance for its use.  They wanted to use the song for a different disco film, but that project never materialized.  Oops!  Composer David Shire had to compose a new song to flow with the dance moves that had already been choreographed to “Lowdown”, but the song never made it to the film.

So, in honor of this influential and significant film, and soundtrack, and to make up for my slight the other day, my songs of the day are:

“Stayin’ Alive” by The BeeGees

“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman

“More Than A Woman” by The BeeGees

“Open Sesame” by Kool & The Gang

“You Should Be Dancin'” by The BeeGees

“Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band

and, in honor of Boz Skaggs’ song not making it onto this best-selling soundtrack,

“Lowdown” by Boz Skaggs

20 comments on “I Got A Fever”

  1. I wasn’t around at the time of disco, but the music was very cool.

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  2. “You Should Be Dancing” is one of my absolute FAVORITE songs! I just watched Saturday Night Fever for the first time a few months back. Everyone has told me for YEARS how much I would love this movie. And I did. The music and the dancing was amazing. And then it went down this dark path of gang violence and sexual assault and suicide that seemed to COME OUT OF NOWHERE. But you know. 🙂 I’m still glad I watched it. John Travolta can DANCE. 🙂

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    • It did turn a bit dark. It’s not really a “fluff” kinda film. But it was emblematic of the times. The lifestyle and the clubs of that era, like Studio 54 for example, were rife with drug use and gratuitous sex. It told the story pretty well. And yes, Travolta can definitely dance! 😃

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  3. Makes me wanna bust out some bell bottoms!

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  4. I love bell bottoms and I love that pose. I do it to embarrass my friends, on occasion. I burst into their offices and do a little jig, like that… and they give up. xo

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  5. I remember seeing this movie with two friends. We were too young and had no business seeing it, LOL. But, I loved the music, started taking disco lessons at the local dance studio and argued constantly with my rock n’ roller uncle that “Disco would never die.” His answer was always, “Honey, Disco already died. SNF just briefly revived it.” How right he was!

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    • Pretty much. It’s funny how all these years later, I somehow grew an appreciation for those songs. They’re fun, and sure do conjure up memories for me, and most of us who are products of the 70’s. It was definitely a love/ hate deal with disco. I remember the PR stunt at Comiskey Park where they blew up a pile of disco records on the field. Pretty funny.

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