HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S–“SUMMER NIGHTS”- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AND JOHN TRAVOLTA

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Han’s Worst Hits Of The 70’s- “Summer Nights”- Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.  Summer Nights from the movie “Grease” starring Olivia Newton-John and Travolta was a huge hit in the summer of 1978- it went to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the UK. It was the follow up single of the slightly more likeable and listenable “You’re The One That I Want” which went to #1 in both countries. I thought the UK was more hip back then than this? Wasn’t punk still hanging on in 1978 across the pond?  Anyway- I could stomach “You’re The One That I Want” but “Summer Nights”- written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey was hard to take- an automatic station changer and I have generally been someone who isn’t a station changer when something awful comes on- I will ride it out. The ‘tell me more tell me more’ part– gag a maggot on that voice.  I hated the movie too- which everyone seems to love. Its odd about twenty- years- in the mid to late 70’s there was the wave of nostalgia for the 50’s- it seems like 20 years is the magic number for these waves -to remember what never really was in some ways. I didn’t live in the 50’s and if this was how the 50’s were- well I am glad I missed them.

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11 responses to “HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S–“SUMMER NIGHTS”- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AND JOHN TRAVOLTA

  1. But Hans didn’t you know… Grease is the Word?

    But seriously…I do remember its popularity…it was a part of the 1970s fifties revival that I didn’t like…this and Sha Na Na

  2. Most of the song is fun. The high note at the end though is truly appalling. Grease was very popular here at the time whereas punk was always underground. Looking at the top 100, Boney M’s double A side ‘Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring’ was the biggest seller, (some say because people were so stupid they bought it twice) and the highest punk/new wave hit was Boomtown Rats (Rat Trap). In fact I can’t see any ‘real’ punk (Jilted John maybe – 2,3,4).

  3. I thought the movie fit the times as did the music. Is it anything — movie or music — that I’ve sought out to re-experience? No. What about “American Graffiti”? I loved that movie!

  4. It was never my favorite either, but I’ll still tune in if I see it in passing. I thought the song Stockard Channing sang, “There are worse things I could do,” was pretty good. She hits a couple of notes there that are sort of poignant. And I didn’t know she could sing!

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