Saturday, 12 February 2011

Greased Lightning...♫


In 1978, I was nine years old.

My Dad took me, along with a crowd of little friends, off to the "picture theatre" in Worthing, to see the movie: Grease.

I loved every moment of it. Every song, every dance move, every swagger, every look.

That same year I was also given the soundtrack,  a double twelve inch vinyl LP. It was my most treasured posession. I knew every detail, every word, off by heart.

I have always been a fan of Olivia Newton John, and coincidently, I have since gone on to have a daughter named Olivia.

My Olivia, aged nearly seven, came across a DVD copy of Grease at our local video shop. She loves a dance off and so we borrowed it for the week.

I have now overheard the movie, and of course its sound track, at least another 20 times.....at least.

I have watched all three of my children do a mock up, but very accurate, rendition of Greased Lightnight from the top of the couch. T birds? Eat your heart out.

I have even caught lovely husband doing a Danny Zuko impression in the garden, singing along to the end bit of Summer Nights.

And, if I am honest,  I find I love the track sung by Rizzo (Stockard Channing) There are Worse Things I Could Do. It gets stuck in my head, and I like it.

I find it hilarious and amazing and endearing that a movie that I loved over thrirty years ago now resonates with my own children.

And that the whole family is now secretly a little bit addicted to the cheesiness that is Grease? Well, that is just fun.

Tell me your fave muscial movie? Your best sound track?
Is there a film that you loved as a kid, that your children now love too?

23 comments:

  1. I loved Grease too! I can recite the whole movie, word for word (kinda shameful!). I hope when my daughter gets a bit older we can watch it together...

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  2. Tanya BangayFebruary 12, 2011

    Yes, yes, yes! I remember watching this every afternoon as a kid. A group of us would race home from school to get our Grease fix. I still love it. It is a classic just like the Sound of Music.

    My girls love the Sound of Music (my oldest could sing most of the songs at aged 2 and did so often at kindy to entertain her teachers!).

    Reminds me to dig it out and watch again!

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  3. I never liked the movie but I always LOVED the music of it. At the moment we are stuck in the hell that is Barbie movies with requisite songs, but I live in hope!

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  4. I'm with you on this one, Lucy. My sister and I had it on video and watched it every day of the school holidays. I still know it word for word and may or may not still have a crush on Kinicky!

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  5. Grease is a favourite here too. But what I find even funnier is some of the TV shows my kids now like - with all the 'old' tv shows being run on the extra free to air channels now there are arguments at 5pm over what to watch. The young bloke will want to watch the news and the girls will protest "NOOO Jeanie is on!" They love I Dream of Jeanie and Bewitched. It's hilarious!

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  6. I love Grease! But I'd have to say my favourite musical would have to be The Rocky Horror Picture Show with The Sound of Music a very close second - and the irony of a transexual comedy and a movie about nuns being my two favourites makes me giggle.

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  7. love grease and grease 2 but i agree with glowless Rocky Horror hands down and The Sound of Music follows ever so closely but my fav soundtrack Pulp Fiction

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  8. I grew up on a steady diet of musicals, thanks mostly to my dad.
    I love Grease (and even Grease 2 a little bit, I'm ashamed to say). I also love the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And have you seen 'A Chorus Line'. Pure Schmaltz, but I loved every minute of it!

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  9. I grew up on a steady diet of musicals, thanks mostly to my dad.
    I love Grease (and even Grease 2 a little bit, I'm ashamed to say). I also love the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And have you seen 'A Chorus Line'. Pure Schmaltz, but I loved every minute of it!

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  10. I was exactly the same Lucy, I went to the cinemas with my parents to see Greece, then got the album and then formed my own "pink ladies" group at school (I was Rizzo).

    I haven't introduced the little travelers to the world of Greece as yet but after reading this I've decided it will be the feature at movie night this weekend.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Kirsty

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  11. It's delightful. Watching it again with my Olivia (and Lexie & Charlie) has been like unwrapping an exciting gift. Something to look forward to Jacki...

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  12. Sound of Music is another of my all time faves. I saw it at the Drive In with my grandparents. We have the DVD now, and whilst my husband finds it excrutiating, I love it.

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  13. I thank the lord above that my girls have never encountered Barbie movies. I have never heard one positive report. Ever. I wish you a speedy exit from this stage! xx

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  14. Jeff Conway...babe. Still is. xx

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  15. So true. My son loves M.A.S.H !

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  16. Totally with you on your choices. I have performed in Rocky Horror twice, believe it or not (Little Nell.). Love the music, adore the parody.

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  17. Oh! Thank you for reminding me of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack! I have it somewhere - must dig it out!

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  18. I adore Chorus Line. And High Society?

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  19. They will LOVE it. You will love it. Enjoy!

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  20. Tee hee, Asstronaut! I love it.

    I've been thinking of names a bit lately, given that I actually have to bestow one on a new human in a few short weeks. And I think of how much I like my own name... Stacey Lee is a bit cute. And very '80s. But finding another is looking damned impossible!

    I know for a fact I WILL steer clear of Patricia however... man, aren't you lucky...

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  21. I was minus two when Grease came out, but when it had a renaissance in the '90s, I was in heaven. I saw it in the cinema, and when I left, I thought I WAS Olivia Newton-John. When I was in my mid-20s my Grease soundtrack tape got stuck in the tapedeck of my car, so we listened to it non-stop for about a year. I don't think I ever got bored!

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  22. KellyansapansaFebruary 13, 2011

    Grease, Footloose, Rocky Horror - they all played a big part on my childhood. But the one that I watched over and over, and wore out the cassette soundtrack, was Hair the movie. The ending still makes me cry now!

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  23. Grease never looses its happy vibe you just cant help but sing along! Even at clubs and weddings its the song that breaks the ice and has everyone dancing along together.
    My fav is Dirty Dancing, not sure if thats really a musical but I know all the words to all the songs (and some of the dance moves!). Black eyed peas have just made a hit from Time of my Life so its definately still a favourite :)

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