'Grease 2' was the (dirty) word, though this song is still cool
Sunday night is the big live performance of Grease on Fox that might have caught your attention. Yes, Grease is from the '70s but even for those Stuck in the '80s, Grease was a fun phenomenon growing up. But the '80s DID have Grease. Well Grease 2 and today's hot number of Cool Rider by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Grease 2 was widely panned by both critics and movie goers alike with a embarrassing 4.2 IMBD rating, but for some the movie is a guilty pleasure and I think we can all get on board that Cool Rider is a fun, catchy tune. The soundtrack from Grease (1978) was a monster, selling 45 million copies and spawning hits like Hopelessly Devoted To You and Summer Nights that went Top 5 and two No. 1 singles with Grease and You're The One That I Want. The Grease 2 soundtrack, however, only made it as far as No. 71 on the album charts and yielded no Top 40 hits, although there is nothing wrong with Pfeiffer's singing on Cool Rider.
Pfeiffer's career at age 24 would not be stymied by Grease 2 as by the end of the decade she would be nominated for an Oscar for her role as Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys. She continues to be loved by fans of all generations as she was named checked in Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, the biggest single of 2014.
It will be interesting to watch the reaction to Grease Live as it will be hard to beat Travolta and ONJ as a talented fun screen couple, but Grease Live does have some great young talent with Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) on board. Keep an eye out for Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) as the school secretary and possible cameos by members of the 1978 Grease cast like Didi Cohn.