Brrrrrr!!! Is it just me, or is it getting colder than a witchy woman’s tit outside? Well, I guess that means we’ll have to turn up muzak and throw another log on the record player! And just in time since it’s Monday, that day The Nest puts on an extra layer of ear protection and warms up with a nice hot cup of retro cocoa straight out of that polar vortex of iced over classics we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s thawing out this week’s frozen platter in the microwave, while the Sponkies are a bit unhappy that our winter isn’t like the one in Australia. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard since the Ice Age…
There was an underlying theme that seemed to pop up again and again in the movies of the 1980’s, and it was dancing. If your script called for young perky people wearing the maximum amount of colorful spandex allowed by law, the chances were pretty good your film was going to be greenlighted thirty-something years ago. The decade not only produced some of the most legendary dance films ever made, like Footloose, Dirty Dancing and
Lambada Flashdance… but a whole host of others that flew under the radar, but nevertheless were chock full of fun, energizing music.
So it’s only fitting that one of the most notorious box office bombs of the 80’s was a dance film. 1983’s Stayin’ Alive had so much going against it at the outset, that it’s incomprehensible as to why it ever got made in the first place. It was a sequel to a disco movie… four years after the dance craze not only went out of style, but became reviled by a culture that burned its leisure suits. It brought back the original film’s star John Travolta, who had already more than wasted away the youthful fame he got from Saturday Night Fever. It was directed by Sylvester Stallone, for crying out loud! What, was Chuck Norris not available?
Sly even let his unknown brother Frank write half of the movie’s soundtrack! That kind of nepotism seemed to have disaster written all over it…. but it turned out to be the one saving grace for this turkey of a movie. Frank Stallone’s “Far From Over” became the movie’s most recognizable theme, and a #10 hit at that! It almost never gets played anymore, and that’s a shame…. but it’s one of the best disco/rock mash-ups evah!!!
And yet again, a shitty movie sequel makes its one lasting contribution to the world in the form of a forgotten hit! This is a high energy blast from the past that’s impossible not to get your blood pumping… making it one of the more popular radio hits to become the theme music to local shows.
And here’s an interesting tidbit from that very Wiki article I just linked to. “Far From Over” was the last Top 40 single ever issued on a record that featured this famous logo on the label…
RSO Records was only around for a decade, but while they existed, they were one of the most powerful independent labels of all time, and almost singlehandedly started the popular movie soundtrack craze that would take off like wildfire in the 80’s. They had blockbuster movies like Fame, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on their resumes. Oh, and they also were responsible for the woefully horrific hot mess that was the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie. They were still reeling from that ill advised mooooooooovie when the label went cow belly up in 1983, the same year Stayin’ Alive became their last, unfortunate stand.
The lost earworms are far from over…. I’ll be back with another one next Monday!