Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Compilations. Mix tapes. C60s and TDK90’s. God I used to love making a finely crafted collection of my favourite tunes on my hissy twin tape deck Sony stereo. You’d spend hours deliberating over song choice - taking into consideration tempos, tenuously themed song connections, genres and impress-your-mates-ability, and then finally slap it all together, painstakingly looking for that quirky minute and half track to fill the rest of side one (not as hard as it sounds for a punk fan) only to become instantly bored of the whole sorry collection the second you’d perfected it. What I really hated though - what I really hated were those people who’d feature more than one song by the same band on the same compilation, but rather than separate them throughout the mix, would bung them all together back-to-back in one homogenous blob, completely disrupting the rhythm of the mix.
This is how I feel about the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. Convoluted I know, and I know that the Bee Gees wrote most of it, but do we really need to start with four Bee Gees tracks in a row? And then is there any need to fool us into thinking that they’re mixing things up a bit with a Tavares track, only for said track to be a bloody cover of More Than a Woman - one of the previous four Bee Gees tracks? Come on, play by the compilation creation rules guys!
To be fair the soundtrack to the seminal 70’s disco film Saturday Night Fever, starring everyone’s second favourite deranged scientologist John Travolta, was an unrivalled success on both sides of the Atlantic, capturing the atmosphere of the Disco era and staying at the top of the charts in the UK for 18 weeks.
Alongside the Bee Gees numbers, Walter Murphy and David Shire spice things up with a couple of classically inspired instrumental numbers, Night on Disco Mountain and A Fifth of Beethoven, but the hidden gem on this album for me (and addition to this week’s parent core play list ) has to be KC and The Sunshine Band’s funky tune Boogie Shoes.
If you’ve ever wondered what Saturday Night Fever would sound like re-imagined for the rave generation, then check out PJ’s remix below. The pilled up love child of Barry Gibb and Bez from the Happy Monday’s is probably a fair description….