30-Day Song Challenge, Day 19 - A Song from Your Favorite Album
This is actually very hard for me, as there are so many albums that I love. It’s hard to pick a favorite! I have a favorite band (Keane), a favorite artist (Kate Bush) and a favorite song (“Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” by Rod Stewart--don’t judge!), so you might think I would go with one of those artists. But there are CDs by other people that I like EVERY SINGLE TRACK on ( Private Dancer by Tina Turner, The Fame by Lady Gaga), which is very rare, and there are also albums that I don’t like EVERY track on, but the tracks I do like, I LOOOOOOOVE ( Grace by Jeff Buckley, Back in Black by AC/DC).
Too much goodness to choose from. So, I picked a great album at random--the soundtrack for the 1980 movie Xanadu . It is from one of my favorite films of all time, stars two musical acts that I love (Olivia Newton-John and ELO); features others that I like (The Tubes, Cliff Richards, Gene Kelly); has an amazing variety of music that is ALL good; every song is fantastic--five of the songs cracked the Top 20, two of which made it to number one--and that is for an album that only has TEN SONGS on it.
You guys probably know the biggest hits already, like Olivia Newtin-John’s “Magic” or ELO’s “All Over the World”, but the song I am picking was not released as a single. Still, it was an incredible visual performance in the movie, and amazing blend of old and new styles of music, and unlike many soundtrack songs, including several songs on THIS soundtrack, it actually related to, and even furthered, the storyline.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present: “I Wanna Dance with You / Dancin’” by Olivia Newton John and The Tubes. The song is represented as the brainchild of Danny McGuire (played by Gene Kelly, an actual big band-era singer and dancer who shines just as brightly in this movie as he ever did), and Sonny (Michael Beck, from Warriors), the main character, who contemplate opening a nightclub together to achieve their dreams.
Danny yearns for his lost era of big band, but Sonny knows the modern appeal of rock and roll. In this amazing mash-up, Olivia Newton-John sings an Andrews-Sisters-style ditty, “I Wanna Dance with You”, that is followed by the Tubes’ rowdy “Dancin’”, and then the songs blend in a masterful way. This is the best performance song in the movie, and no doubt is the star of the Broadway version of Xanadu, as well, which opened in 2007 and ran for more than 500 performances (Wikipedia). I’m not the ONLY person who liked it! Watch it here - this is not from the movie, but a great performance of the song from the Midnight Special TV show.
Here's the last one, in case you missed it!
Photo of Olivia Newton John by Larry D. Moore
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