Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track

Music review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Soundtrack of disco classics still stayin' alive!

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Positive Messages

While the Saturday Night Fever movie often is downright sordid, its dubious values don't carry over into the music, which may be frothy or pile-driving but stays positive and upbeat. There aren't any really morally uplifting messages -- more anthems to mindless fun on the dance floor than anything else. But the romantic songs stick with themes of true love and devotion, and the iconic "Stayin' Alive," while macho to the point of a self-parody, is all about enduring, with attitude and a good beat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Just about everybody looks up to John Travolta; Tony Manero, his character who's striking the iconic white-suited pose on the album cover, not so much. The music here is mostly about dancing, not character development, but the movie's sleaze and violence are not in evidence amid the upbeat fun and light romance.

Violence

Parents might be alarmed at the recurring chorus of "Burn baby burn!" in "Disco Inferno," but it's all about spontaneous combustion from too much fun on the dance floor.

Sex

Soft romance is about as strong as the lyrics get, e.g. "The moment that you wander far from me / I wanna feel you in my arms again / And you come to me on a summer breeze / Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"A Fifth of Beethoven" sounds like it might be about booze, but it's actually the distinctive riffs of the Fifth Symphony set to a disco beat.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the movie Saturday Night Fever features questionable characters in dicey situations, Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track -- which was inescapable in its late '70s heyday and still enjoys huge popularity everywhere from dance school recitals to Glee -- is much lighter fare and lots more fun. It's a musical snapshot of the disco era, comprising some of its greatest classics -- the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever,"  K.C. and the Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes," Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," a raft of  throbbing instrumentals by David Shire, The Trammps' nearly 11-minute "Disco Inferno." And it's free of the highly sexualized content found in many disco songs. 

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Kid, 10 years old July 27, 2012

I LOVE THIS RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!

I listened to this when I was like 2 years old. Every song on here!!!! I am a huge fan of the Bee Gees. I know that is unusal for a 10 year old but this is good... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 10, 2013

OVERRATED

There's only one good song. This ****** sucks.

What's the story?

About half the soundtrack to 1977's Saturday Night Fever, featuring John Travolta as a confused young man escaping a dead-end New York life on the dance floor at the local disco, consists of light, catchy tunes from the Bee Gees. The rest of the double-album is taken up with other disco tracks, including instrumentals, many of which were also hits in their day. With sales of more than 25 million copies, it became the best-selling movie soundtrack in history, and is one of those albums whose sound defines the era in which it appeared.

Is it any good?

There are good reasons SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: THE ORIGINAL MOVIE SOUND TRACK was so popular in its time and continues to resurface. The Bee Gees are in top form as performers and songwriters (besides the tunes they perform themselves, they also wrote "If I Can't Have You"; and "More Than a Woman" gets the cover treatment from Tavares as well as a version by the Bee Gees). And just about every track is irresistibly danceable. For profound lyrics or inspirational messages, look elsewhere, but for all-ages party music, this is a classic choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about classical music making the move to other styles, as in "A Fifth of Beethoven" and "Night on Disco Mountain." Would the composers approve? Do you approve?

  • How do you think the disco music on this album compares with the dance music of today?

  • Why do you think the music in movie soundtracks is often so different from what actually happens in the movie?

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