A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture includes original music and oldies from the 1978 movie musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, both of whom sing on the album. Though by modern standards Grease is fairly tame, the storyline and the songs exhibit questionable values about gender roles and sexuality. The Sandy character is mocked by girls and boys for her innocence, and her boyfriend, Danny, lies about their physical relationship. Sandy gradually decides that she must play the part of a slut to get her man. All of this is more overt in the film than in the music, but songs like "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," "Summer Nights," and "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" get these ideas across.
What's the story?
GREASE: THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE MOTION PICTURE consists of original '50s-style songs and oldies used in the 1978 movie musical Grease, which is based on the hit Broadway production. Performers on the soundtrack include the film's stars, Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, as well as singer Frankie Valli and other actors from the film. The soundtrack was a No. 1 album and sold 8 million units in the United States. The album also yielded four Top 10 singles, including the No. 1 songs "You're the One That I Want" and the title track. The songs from the musical help tell the movie's story about a high school girl, Sandy, who is mocked by her peers for being so innocent and eventually re-invents herself as a sexy powerhouse to win the heart of the boy she loves.
Is it any good?
The original music from Grease is infectious, entertaining, and bright, and helps move the movie along. The musical style is close to the '50s music being replicated but also reflects the more polished, brighter production values and vocals of the late 1970s, when the songs were recorded. Many listeners far prefer authentic 1950s rock 'n' roll to fake "oldies" like the songs from Grease, but the movie and music are very popular with tweens and teens, and some may develop a taste for vintage music after listening to these songs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song "Summer Nights." What does the song say about male and female attitudes toward sex in the movie? Who do you think is telling the truth?
This movie is set in the 1950s, and the music reflects the style of music of that time. Could the story take place in another place and time?
What is Stockard Channing's character, Rizzo, singing about in "There Are Worse Things I Could Do"?
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