Were the '80s desperate times or a twist of fate for this pair?
We all loved Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in 1978's Grease, so it was exciting news in 1983 when the two teamed up again for movie magic with their new release Two Of A Kind. After all, what could go wrong?
While Two Of A Kind was panned by critics and a box office bomb, the soundtrack was a platinum success and maybe a candidate for the just conceived SIT80's podcast series of "Bad Movies with Good Soundtracks" show. The first single off the Two Of A Kind soundtrack, Twist Of Fate, was a Top 10 hit and the second single, Living' In Desperate Times, was a minor hit only reaching No. 31 on the singles charts.
The video for Livin' In Desperate Times is almost as cringe-worthy as Two Of A Kind as not so subtle giant words of anxiety provide the backdrop for some extensive choreography and bright costumes. Despite the excessiveness of the video, ONJ has never looked any better and her honey voice singing combined with a new wave beat makes Livin' In Desperate Times an irresistible lost hit of the '80s.
The Two Of A Kind soundtrack included four songs by ONJ (including a duet with Travolta called Take A Chance) and others by artists such as Journey, Chicago and Boz Scaggs. All four ONJ songs were accompanied by music videos and were sold as a VHS entitled Twist Of Fate. After Two of A Kind, Newton-John and Travolta never acted opposite of each other again.