The echoes of long ago ... you are in Xanadu

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March

I'm going out on a limb here and saying this song must be one of the top 5 guilty pleasures from the 80s.

Some trivia on the movie Xanadu:

  • Released in 1980, this movie and the Village People's Can't Stop The Music were the inspiration behind the Razzie Awards, given yearly to the worst films.
  • Coincidentally, Olivia Newton John turned down the female lead in "Can't Stop The Music" to appear in Xanadu.
  • Olivia fractured her tailbone during the production of the "Suddenly" dance number.
  • If co-star Michael Beck looks familiar, it's because you also saw Beck in The Warriors (1979). Can you dig it?!?
  • The movie's soundtrack went platinum, with the song "Magic" going to the top of the U.S. charts.
  • Meanwhile, the song "Xanadu" became ELO's only No. 1 single in the United Kingdom.

(The other four guilty pleasures from the 80s? Today, I'm going with the movie Bachelor Party, the Safety Dance video, Long Island Ice Tea and reruns of Charles in Charge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:22pm]

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