Album Challenge Day 3: “Grease”


“Grease” is the Word. If you don’t love this movie and don’t feel compelled to sing-along, you may be dead inside. Check with your doctor.

Picture It: Hawaii 1978. At the time, I was a teen living in Japan on an Army base where we usually got movies and TV shows from the States a year late, but luckily I got a rare trip back to the Motherland where I was able to actually participate in late ’70s pop culture instead of reading about it (I still haven’t gotten over the year or so that it took me to finally see “Star Wars”). I also saw “Airplane” on that trip and although that was amazing, it didn’t rock my world the way “Grease” did.

Wow, who didn’t want to be Olivia Newton-John in those tight spandex pants and dance with John Travolta (before we knew the truth)? And there was the incredible cast including Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff, Eve Arden, Joan Blondell, Dody Goodman, and of course Frankie Avalon as The Teen Angel.

By some kind of miracle, it all worked. You see what a feat it was considering all the flop musicals that followed, trying to capture the magic, like “Xanadu”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, and even “Grease 2”.

And the songs! Along with the remarkable songs from the original musical such as “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightning”, “Beauty School Dropout”, “Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee”, “Born To Hand Jive”, and of course “We Go Together”, the new songs made it even better: “You’re the One That I Want”, “Grease”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, and “Sandy”.

With the recent announcement of a “Grease” TV show, one can see the desire to recapture/extend/recreate the magic. But there’ll only be one “Grease”.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

More Stories

A Night At Studio 54

Album Challenge Day 10: “A Night At Studio 54”

In my dreams, I get the nod and leave the pleading masses behind, through the velvet ropes, with Liza on my arm or perhaps I’m riding a horse, into the most decadent gathering since the Roman Orgies, a light show above swirling dancers, people doing who knows what in the balcony, and above it all, the moon snorting coke. Well, I was only 14 years old during the height of Studio 54’s heyday, so that hardly would have been realistic

Read More »
Soul Mining

Album Challenge Day 9: The The “Soul Mining”

Having found the perfect meta name for a band, Matt Johnson released “Soul Mining” in 1983 under the band name The The. Although Matt was subject to a bidding war and got a huge advance from the winning label, the record sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom; still, the homemade vibe enhances its authenticity, with intensely private thoughts and emotions set to a cheap drum machine. There was enough polish, however, to make it sound sensational, especially when

Read More »
Take That Beautiful World

Album Challenge Day 8: Take That’s “Beautiful World”

This is the greatest pop band that America’s never heard of. And what a story! Picture It: 1990. A British gay club in the middle of nowhere hosting a boyband of five straight lads, absolutely adorable even though their lead singer, Gary Barlow, thinks he’s fat and a bad dancer. Their manager, Nigel Martin-Smith, feels their path to stardom for his manufactured group is through the gays; he’s right because Take That eventually becomes a British phenomenon, unique in singing

Read More »
There are no comments yet, add one below.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.