Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grease soundtrack (1978)

This smash movie was based on a 1971 stage musical of the same name.  For the movie, additional songs were added, written by Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John's principal songwriter, John Farrar.  The movie is set in the 1950's and concerns itself with high school students and their problems.  As a preteen, I loved this movie, simply because of the music, dancing, and (WOWZA!) Olivia Newton-John in black spandex catsuit.  As an adult, I am now disgusted with the moral of the story: you must bow to peer pressure and conform to fit in and be accepted.  Not a good message to be sending our youth.  Still, I enjoy the movie from time to time, mainly because of ONJ.

The double LP soundtrack was a best seller that spent 77 weeks on Billboard's album chart and held the top position for 12 of those weeks. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (it lost to Donna Summer's "Last Dance").  The album had two #1 singles: "Grease" and "You're the One That I Want."

Side One Side Two
Summer Nights
Hopelessly Devoted to You
You're the One That I Want

Beauty School Dropout
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee
Greased Lightnin'
It's Raining on Prom Night
Alone at the Drive-In Movie
Blue Moon
SideThree Side Four
Rock 'n' Roll Is Here to Stay
Those Magic Changes
Hound Dog
Born to Hand Jive
Tears on My Pillow

Freddy, My Love
Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen
There Are Worse Things I Could Do
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)
We Got Together
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (instrumental)
Grease (Reprise)

To prepare this list, I watched the 2009 "Rockin' Rydell Edition" Blu-Ray release, which runs 110 minutes. Songs marked with a 1 are on the soundtrack album.  Songs marked with a 2 appeared originally in the 1971 musical.
  1. Danny and Sandy on the beach: "Love is a Many Splendored Thing"1
  2. Animated opening credits: "Grease" by Frankie Valli1
  3. Principal McGee giving announcements: "Alma Mater"2
  4. Rizzo and Marty sitting down for lunch: "La Bamba" originally by Ritchie Valens, performed by Stockard Channing and Dinah Manoff.
  5. Musical number #1: "Summer Nights" by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and cast1,2
  6. Pep rally/bonfire: "Rydell Fight Song"2
  7. Slumber party:  "Ipana Toothpaste Jingle" originally by Bucky Beaver (Jimmie Dodd), performed by Jamie Donnelly
  8. Musical number #2: "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" by Stockard Channing 1,2
  9. T-Birds driving to slumber party: "Alma Mater (Parody)" by cast2
  10. Musical number #3: "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton-John1
  11. Musical number #4: "Greased Lightnin'" by John Travolta1,2
  12. At the Frosty Palace: "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens
  13. At the Frosty Palace: "It's Raining on Prom Night" by Cindy Bullens1,2
  14. At the Frosty Palace: "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On" by Jerry Lee Lewis
  15. Musical number #5: "Beauty School Dropout" by Frankie Avalon1,2
  16. Entering the dance: "Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen by Louis St. Louis1,2
  17. At the dance: "Rock 'n' Roll is Here to Stay" by Sha-Na-Na (as Johnny Casino and The Gamblers)1
  18. At the dance: "Those Magic Changes" by Sha-Na-Na1,2
  19. At the dance: "Tears on My Pillow" by Sha-Na-Na1
  20. At the dance: "Rydell Fight Song"
  21. At the dance: "Hound Dog" by Sha-Na-Na1
  22. National Dance-Off: "Born to Hand Jive" by Sha-Na-Na1,2
  23. Spotlight Dance: "Blue Moon" by Sha-Na-Na1
  24. Musical number #6: "Sandy" by John Travolta1
  25. Musical number #7: "There are Worse Things I Could Do" by Stockard Channing1,2
  26. At Thunder Road: incidental music based on "Greased Lightin'"
  27. Musical number #8: "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" by Olivia Newton-John 1,2
  28. Announcements/carnival: "Alma Mater"
  29. Musical number #9: "You're the One that I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John1
  30. Musical number #10: "We Go Together" by cast1,2
  31. Closing credits: "Grease (Reprise)" by Frankie Vallie1

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