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1978 was quite a good year, I suppose, on the whole. Not that I remember much of it. I started nursery school that year. Vague memories of Ritz crackers, and a tree in the garden with a rope ladder up it. The school was run by a terrific woman much in love with the Montessori method, so we went there to learn stuff, not just to climb trees. She had a tiny little office filled with what seemed like endless collections of short stories that she used to let me borrow. It was great. And I did love that rope ladder!

In the wider world, I mostly remember 1978 as the year of Grease. I wouldn't have seen it until it eventually premiered on the telly, but the songs seemed to be in the charts for the whole year, and were forever on Top Of The Pops. Somebody gave my family the soundtrack album, probably that Christmas. I vividly recall us all happily singing along, totally innocent of the swear words! Or at least, I was. My eldest sister would have turned fourteen that year, so presumably she was a bit more clued up. I'm amazed the record never got itself confiscated. Never did much care for the film though, I must admit. Too long, too slow, and too much John Travolta. Also, if you have to dress like that to get him to take an interest, dear, he really ain't worth it. Still, Kenickie and Rizzo are good.

Must have been the year I started taking a proper interest in Top Of The Pops, I guess. The eldest three would have been fourteen, thirteen and eleven that year, so it was probably inescapable! The others all used to air guitar along with the show, but I was already drum mad. It was a funny parade in those days though, which must have put a strain on the air-guitaring. Alongside Grease, there seemed to be an inordinate amount of Andrew Lloyd-Webber back then. And the least said about Boney M, the better...

Just for the hell if it, beneath the cut is my family's favourite Grease song.

Our favourite, I think, solely because it was tradition to all join in with Travolta's ridiculous "Ooh!" towards the end. Travolta mockery was a united sport: one of my sisters had a very big crush. :)


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Nov. 25th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)

my sister was obsessed with it so I was too by proxy. My brother kept well away.
Nov. 26th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
Your brother was very sensible!
Nov. 26th, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
I never liked the film or the music ...

How many siblings do you have?
Nov. 26th, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
Five. Four older, and one younger.
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly on Grease: Love the music, hate the movie. It's great to be willing to make a change for someone you care about, but Danny basically did nothing and Sandy changed everything about herself and somehow that all works out? I think not.
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that's why I much prefer Rizzo and Kenickie to Danny and Sandy. Rizzo is prepared to throw away everything just to keep from hurting Kenickie, and he's prepared to abandon all his plans to do the right thing by her. They're a couple I can still see being together ten years later. Danny and Sandy, not so much!
Nov. 26th, 2015 08:21 am (UTC)
Rizzo is fantastic! 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do'! ETA: Stockard Channing, generally pretty amazing, big resilient voice like a weapon to wield, and the cutest little face.

I like 'Hopelessly Devoted To You', too, I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

You have to wonder what they spent two weeks (not) talking about, that the subject of where they were each respectively heading off to for high school never came up. How convenient.

Edited at 2015-11-26 11:25 am (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
They do cover that at some point. She thinks she's going back home (to Australia, presumably) after the summer, but her father's business plans change, and she winds up finishing school in America instead.

And yes, Rizzo is awesome, and Stockard Channing is too. I loved her in "The West Wing". Shame she wasn't in it more.
Nov. 26th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC)
I think that's just the official sing-a-long Grease song. Some of the others get a look in now and then, but that's just fun for everyone, basically. :-)

The rope ladder sounds awesome. Wee me never had a rope ladder!
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
It seemed to be really, really high, but I suppose it can't have been if they let three years olds climb it (even in the days before health and safety)! I used to climb up and hide in the tree when my mother came to take me home. I was probably barely above her head. The building is still there, but the tree isn't, so I can't look!

Everybody should have a rope ladder. :)
Nov. 26th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
I never liked 'Grease', originally because I was too young for it and when I wasn't I wasn't bothered and I'm not keen on musicals. I'm not very good at liking the films I'm supposed to like either!

\o/ for drums - the rhythm section is the best:) I do like a bit of air synth myself.
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Keyboards are good too, yes. I've done a fair bit of pretending that I'm Mags from a-ha, I must admit.

Musicals are weird. I do love "Mary Poppins", but generally, having people burst into song in the middle of a film is most off-putting. Although I do love how they manage to conjure full-blown orchestras out of empty streets. That's a heck of a neat trick!
Nov. 30th, 2015 05:26 am (UTC)
How about John Paul Young's 'Love Is In The Air' for '78? C'mon, this is perfection. And his nerdy little hip-wiggle and sway!
Nov. 30th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
I frowned, failed to recognise the title, clicked, and then went cold with sudden recollection. Argh!
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