It’s Saturday. And I’ve got the fever. Saturday Night Fever. It is there are better track to dance to than this? The first song on the soundtrack to the famous 1977 movie starring John Travolta, somehow it all came together. Who would have thought that three brothers from Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester, who moved to Australia, would somehow came out with this, the perfect complement to a film that captured a particular era – when disco was as popular as punk, and a film which captured this in all its camp glory, as well as the hard-hitting realities behind a working class culture in Brooklyn.
So much has been said about the film, as well as the Maurice, Barry and Robin’s close harmony vocals, and the beat, and this pretty much perfect album that I’ve not got much to add, except for this: Stayin' Alive was used in a study to train medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions per minute while performing CPR. The song, played at normal speed, is 104 beats per minute, somehow a really healthy beat to strut down the street to, and 100-120 chest compressions per minute are apparently recommended by the British Heart Foundation and endorsed by the UK Resuscitation Council. So if you want to stay alive, then this is the song to do so.
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