Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stayin' Alive

I have a confession. I never watch the news in the morning any more. I guess after spending seventeen years immersed in news and watching it all day, every day, I got burned out. Also, I’m pretty frustrated with the way TV news has deteriorated in recent years. I still turn on the TV when I’m getting ready each morning, but I usually pick one of three options: something historical on Biography or the History Channel (lawsie, my knowledge of the civil war and Doris Day has greatly expanded because of those channels), music videos or an old movie. This morning it was an old movie and great balls of fire, guess what was on! Saturday Night Fever. So deliciously bad. It made me want to reach for the blue eye shadow and my hot rollers. Thirty seconds of the BeeGee’s Stayin’ Alive had me drifting back to 1977. I was in 8th grade and too young to see an R rated movie, and mama wouldn’t take me for which I cursed her behind her back. I lived vicariously through a friend of mine who talked her mother into taking her, and she shared all the smutty details with me over the phone the very next day. We reveled in the music and by the time we reached high school disco fever was still hanging on. Yes friends, I managed to get in on the tail end of satin pants and the Hustle. I wish I had a picture to share with you of the ivory satin pants, satin shirt, satin baseball cap AND satin purse I wore to a freshman dance. I was so shiny you needed sunglasses to stand next to me. The pants were so slick I couldn’t stay in a chair. They were my favorite pieces of clothing that year next to my Candies shoes and green cowl neck sweater.

Saturday Night Fever reminds me of doing the Bump and the Hustle and the Ladies Night Slide. Good times. And in honor of that, I thought we’d do a little quiz. Come on. I know most of you are old enough to remember this movie, so let’s see who can answer all of these correctly. The winner gets the title of Disco Queen (or King).

My second confession? I DVR’d the movie this morning. Third confession-I have the best of the Bee Gee’s on my iPod-and I like it-a lot.

1. What item does Tony want to buy with an advance on his paycheck from the hardware store? Shirt
2. Who is the actress who appears as the woman Tony gets paint for in the opening scene? his mom, Helen Travolta
3. What movie poster is on the wall of Tony’s bedroom? Rocky
4. What was the name of the sequel to Saturday Night Fever? Stayin' Alive
5. Which actor wrote and directed the sequel? Sylvester Stallone
6. What is the name of the club Tony and his buddies dance in every weekend? 2001 Odessey
7. What famous “nanny” made her movie debut in the film? Fran Drescher
8. What’s the name of Tony’s friend who dies in the end? Bobby C.
*Image courtesy of allposters.com

6 comments:

Rayne said...

Do you know I've never watched this movie?
Is this one of those things that you HAVE to watch or you are culturally incomplete?

Mia said...

well I certainly won't be Queen of the dance but here are some guesses
2.one of his family? sister or mom?a Travolta?
3.Rocky?
4.Staying Alive?
5.Frank or Sylvester Stallone?
7.Fran Drescher?
Thats it for me!

J.G. said...

I've never seen this movie all the way through, although I wore my share of embarrassing disco fashions.

The popularity of this movie and Urban Cowboy amaze me. Who would want to emulate these characters? Well, except for Travolta. He's magic. (And still is.)

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I was born in the early 70's so I'm just going to claim that right now....but I love this movie!

"Will ya' watch the hair!"

OK...here is what I think:

1. A shirt
2. ??
3. Scarface
4. Stayin' Alive
5. ??
6. ??
7. Fran Dresher
8. ??

The Church Lady said...

Wow - you truly are a JT fan!

karisma said...

Wow! You really are coming out there aren't you? Im too late to join in the fun. Catching up on a weeks blog misses. LOL! But I will say that John Travolta just keeps getting sexier with age. What a hunk!