Xanadu! A place where nobody dared to go!

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Ah yes, this film. One of my favorite awful films of all time and space. I was inspired to think of it again by the wondrous Jabootu site running a review of its many follies. Among the other revelations -- the fact that the choreographer here apparently also worked on Newsies, a fact which doubtless will cause deep pain in Nicole's heart if it hasn't already.

Memories? Favorite awful moments? A belief that it's actually a great film (as evidenced by the people over here? And perhaps most importantly, when it comes right down to it -- this or Can't Stop the Music?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I can still watch Can't Stop the Music and be amused. Attempting to watch Xanadu recently was a painful experience.

H (Heruy), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 18:18 (seventeen years ago) link

In my doctorate on "The Death Of The Musical" it is Xanadu that hammers the final nail into the coffin with an oversized roller-boot.

If there was ever a film to show as the opening gala to my Bad Film Festival - this is it.

Pete (Pete), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

When I was about 10, I watched Can't Stop the Music about 30 times, and I was just thinking the other day that I should track it down again, just to see what it's like 20 years later

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 18:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I recently saw "Can't Stop the Music" on video, and it was definately watchable; very funny. I saw "Xanadu" in the theater on its original release and can't really remember it. On my recent ELO jag I got a yen for the soundtrack, and found it somewhat hard to track down. Weren't they in every bargain bin a few years ago? Anyway, the ELO songs aren't bad, not their best, but fine, and even Olivia's "Magic" I remembered fondly; it was all over the radio in junior high. I'd rather listen to "Autoamerican", though.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 19:38 (seventeen years ago) link

are there rollerskates in this movie?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 19:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh yes, my friend.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 19:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah I used to roller-skate all the time to "Magic" and "Xanadu" as a kid. I never ever saw the movie though.

I think now I like Rush's "Xanadu" better.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 19:52 (seventeen years ago) link

wow. I just referenced this movie on the dance thread. weird.

A personal favorite moment is when the old-timey dancing (which ain't bad) meets the '80s dancing (which is fuckin' horrible). You'd almost think the movie was intentionally saying that the '80s were just gonna suck ass. Gene Kelly upstages Olivia Newton-John so horribly that I'm not shocked she decided the only way to counter it was writing some REALLY horny songs (like "Soul Kiss," rowr).

The shot of Gene Kelly on rollerskates smiling in the final dance sequence is truly beautiful. Jeff Lynne is evil.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 19:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Let us not forget one of the world's ugliest paintings:

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Movie/1980/images/screencaps/xan21.jpg

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm sorry, but I can't say anything bad about this film.

Although deep down I know it must be a cringingly awful rubfest, I have not seen it since I was seven so I am going to keep on believing it is classic and wonderful. I probably saw it at least 10 times when I was a kid and it used to be on cable all the time. That probably explains a lot about my tastes.

Nicole (Nicole), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Ah well, that's understood. I feel the same way about the Roger Corman bastardry that is Battle Beyond the Stars.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Jeff Lynne is fantastic.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

"A million lights and there you are, a shooting star!" I cried the day the Pan Pacific burned down. Sniff, sniff

http://www.decopix.com/panpacif.jpg

Arthur (Arthur), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, I remember that and actually have photos. I was living over at UCLA in Sproul Hall, and from the windows we could easily see the smoke off in the distance to the east. I didn't actually see Xanadu until some years after that, and then I realized that it was that building.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic Classic Classic.

The opening lines makes me chortle with glee: "Oh well...guys like me shouldn't dream anyway!" ---> "I'm Alive" sequence with The Seven Sisters

The fabulously tacky Olivia meets The Tubes, 40s meets the 80s sequence ("Dancin'/I Won't Take a Back Seat Tonight")

Gene Kelly going round and round, chanting "Xanadu" in full ecstacy. Man oh man

That incomprehensible final medley sequence with Olivia in various sexy garb, only to finally emerge in a ridiculous 'futuristic' costume to sing the title track.

If Xanadu did not exist, it would have to be invented.

Joe (Joe), Thursday, 20 February 2003 01:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Xanadu: best shit club in Dublin in the eighties.

Lara (Lara), Thursday, 20 February 2003 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

So DJ Shadow took samples from this movie?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 20 February 2003 15:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Stately home of Olivia Foster Kane.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 20 February 2003 15:56 (seventeen years ago) link

eight months pass...
Have to believe we are magic
Nothing can stand in this thread's way!

Reviving because of this article.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 09:10 (sixteen years ago) link

No Megaforce love for the man?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 16:41 (sixteen years ago) link

i went to college with the girl who wrote that article.

A Girl Named Sam (thatgirl), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 18:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Prime example of typecasting:

"No, you CAN'T play the President of the Universe in our new movie....."

"Why not?"

"You were so believable as that Xanadu guy, we can't see you doing anything better"

I was six years old when I saw Xanadu in the theatre.....

I was 8 or 9, and had no idea in hell what this was. Later being older, saw it again, wondered if it was a failed Fellini with sparkles.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 18:52 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
I give to you my further thoughts.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I will say without any irony that ELO's "I'm Alive" is absolute daftpop bliss.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Watching the movie again made me realize how good ELO really could be. And Lynne was smart enough NOT to be filmed either. (I assume the Tubes were there precisely because they wanted to fuck with everyone, as per usual.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Does anyone know what Jeff Lynne actually looks like? Under his permanent disguise I mean.

Kim (Kim), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:35 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/alien1-transparent.gif

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

(Admittedly that was after he had the sunglass lenses permanently implanted.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, it *would* explain a lot.

Kim (Kim), Sunday, 12 September 2004 17:38 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
May I just say how much I ADORE this FANTASTIC work of FILM ART.

NRQ, Tuesday, 1 March 2005 11:48 (fifteen years ago) link

MY FAVOURITE FILM EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 11:49 (fifteen years ago) link

May I just say that I've never seen this movie ever and the only time I've ever heard about it is on a DJ Shadow tune. (apart from this thread obv)

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 11:51 (fifteen years ago) link

"Watching the movie again made me realize how good ELO really could be." -- Ned Raggett (ne...), September 12th, 2004.

The defence rests.

NRQ, Tuesday, 1 March 2005 11:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Heres an old pic of lynne sans glasses. kind of what i expected mark linkous to look like before i knew what he looked like:

http://www.laguitarshow.com/pix/gallery/elo.jpg

kate/baby loves headrub (papa november), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 11:56 (fifteen years ago) link

i give the soundtrack a B, and will duly listen to it again now

Jaunty Alan (Alan), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

let's talk about the summer where i was all about dressing like olivia newton john, sans rollerskates.

ah, youth.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 14:17 (fifteen years ago) link

if i only had a time machine, maria... if only!@#@!!

charleston charge (chaki), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't piss of those angels, they'll sue.

They'll sue you you
From Xanadu-u-u

moley (moley), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 21:00 (fifteen years ago) link

XANADU 2006 IS COMING

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link

It ain't no disco, but who's complaining?: "Hopefully no one will ever remake Xanadu. It's one movie I'd like to remain untouched."

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Wednesday, 2 March 2005 02:10 (fifteen years ago) link

sigh. this site didn't like me hotlinking on the other thread, but maybe this'll work:

http://www.awfulplasticsurgery.com/images/bruce_jenner3.jpg

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 March 2005 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

(since there's been some talk of can't stop the music)

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 March 2005 02:38 (fifteen years ago) link

fourth one down

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 March 2005 02:40 (fifteen years ago) link

You sure that's not actually a picture of post-accident Christopher Reeves?

j.lu (j.lu), Wednesday, 2 March 2005 03:11 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Courtesy of Nicole, the apotheosis of western civilization:

A PLACE THAT NOBODY DARED TO GO...: ... and that probably nobody should be going back to. Nonetheless, a stage adaptation of the 1980 movie musical Xanadu is, for better of worse, bound for Off-Broadway, rollerskates and all. Christopher Ashley (All Shook Up) will direct what I can only assume will be the most camptacular show to debut in spring 2007. Now then, is it too early to start campaigning for Kylie Minogue to step in for her fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John in the lead?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 17:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Now then, is it too early to start campaigning for Kylie Minogue to step in for her fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John in the lead?

I CALLED IT!

I CALLED IT!

ROYALTIES, BITCHEZ!

Yoo Doo Nut (donut), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:18 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

The musical is a Broadway smash thanks to a good review in the Times! The book is by admired comic playwright Douglas Carter Beane, and it's a cheeky spoof, apparently:

Heaven on Wheels, and in Leg Warmers
By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

Can a musical be simultaneously indefensible and irresistible? Why, yes it can. Witness “Xanadu,” the outlandishly enjoyable stage spoof of the outrageously bad movie from 1980 about a painter and his muse who find love at a roller disco in Los Angeles.

The title doesn’t ring a bell? Let me refresh your memory. In “Xanadu” did Newton-John a blooming film career destroy. (Sorry, Mr. Coleridge, I couldn’t resist.)

You probably remember how Olivia Newton-John, the pert, wholesome pop thrush, rocketed to film stardom opposite John Travolta in the Hollywood version of the musical “Grease.” That was in 1978. A mere two years later she roller-skated into oblivion — or at least back to Australia — in a fabulously insipid turkey called “Xanadu,” which didn’t do much for Gene Kelly’s career, either. “Xanadu” also helped kill the “Grease”-born movie musical revival right quick, and the film now resides, I trust, under toxic lockdown at Netflix shipping centers across the country. Watch it at your peril.

Why, you may wonder, would anyone deem it necessary, or even worthwhile, to pay lavish mock homage to a dreadful movie by exhuming it for exhibition onstage? Has Broadway nothing better to do? Has the American musical theater reached such a nadir of inspiration?

Well, yeah. I guess. Whatever. Why pester me with silly questions when there’s so much silly bliss to be had at the Helen Hayes Theater, where the new, improved “Xanadu” opened last night? In any case, Douglas Carter Beane, the impish playwright who has ingeniously adapted the screenplay for the stage (while wearing a Hazmat suit, I hope), trumps such hectoring queries by acknowledging the inanity of the enterprise himself. In his adorably ditzy new book for the musical, Mr. Beane posits 1980, the year “Xanadu” dawned and the year in which the stage version is set, as a cultural turning point. “The muses are in retreat,” muses the god Zeus, played by Tony Roberts, in the musical’s poignant climax. (Kidding!) “Creativity shall remain stymied for decades. The theater? They’ll just take some stinkeroo movie or some songwriter’s catalog, throw it onstage and call it a show.”

Prophetic words, mighty Zeus, but the creators and performers of “Xanadu” desecrate the theatah with such sharp good humor and magnetic high spirits that you won’t have much time to weep for the cultural blight that too much of Broadway has become. And in fact, there is enough first-rate stage talent rolling around in “Xanadu” to power a season of wholly new, old-school, non-jukebox musicals, if someone would get around to writing a few good ones.

Kerry Butler, as the Greek demi-goddess Clio, who also roams Venice Beach as the Australian mortal Kira, is simply heaven on eight little polyurethane wheels. Or heaven in leg warmers. (Actually she’s both: the skates and woolens are Ms. Newton-John’s memorably ghastly signature look from the movie, though the costume designer David Zinn chose not to drape her in those fetching peasant blouses.)

Ms. Butler is the rare Broadway ingénue who is as funny as she is pretty, and she sings gloriously, too, both in her own tangy Broadway belt and in a devastatingly funny impersonation of Ms. Newton-John’s sweetly sighing soprano. (When Ms. Butler is speaking Australian, she’s actually a ringer for a fresher import from Down Under, Nicole Kidman.) She’s got a lovely line in arabesque on those skates, too! Can Audra McDonald or Kristin Chenoweth do that?

Clio-Kira sheds her inspirational light on a frustrated young would-be artist named Sonny, who spends his time making chalk murals on the sidewalk by the shore. Sonny has chalk for brains, too, and Cheyenne Jackson, the star of “All Shook Up,” the forgettable Elvis jukebox musical, plays him beautifully as a big slab of prime beefcake in tube socks and denim cutoffs. Sonny’s twinkling blue eyes have all the depth of a kiddie pool, his earnest effusions the hilarious aridity of soap-opera acting. (Mr. Jackson is a last-minute and temporary substitute for James Carpinello, star of the forgettable stage ripoff of “Saturday Night Fever,” who was injured in a skating accident and will return to the role when he heals.)

Working from a screenplay consisting of atrocious musical numbers Scotch-taped together with doltish dialogue, Mr. Beane filled the gaps by dreaming up tasty shtick for two of Clio’s wicked sister muses, Calliope and Melpomene, who are played by the stage-devouring comic actresses Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa, respectively. Their theme song, “Evil Woman,” is a highlight, as Ms. Hoffman, in her cat eyeglasses looking like a Roz Chast cartoon sprung to life, scats the shrieky guitar riffs while Ms. Testa bellows the chorus in chesty tones. Together or separately, they are both criminally funny.

Perhaps you remember “Evil Woman,” a hit for the not-quite- immortal ’70s synth-rock outfit Electric Light Orchestra. (A clue: Sing the first syllable twice.) If you were at least tween-age in 1980 and in possession of a radio, you will probably recognize a big chunk of the pop score for “Xanadu,” which includes the sultry ballad “Magic” and the pulsating title tune, written (like “Evil Woman”) by Jeff Lynne, the songwriter for E.L.O.

Back in the day, these were the kind of songs that you’d scoff at in public but crank up and sing along with in the privacy of your Camaro. Now, thanks to our metastasizing cultural affection for the drek of yesteryear (one day theses will be written about that seminal work “Mamma Mia!”), we are free to celebrate them in collective public rituals, as long as everyone agrees to keep tongues in cheeks.

“Xanadu,” which has mostly been directed at roller-derby speed by Christopher Ashley, does have a few dead spots in its brisk 90-minute running time. In addition to Zeus, Mr. Roberts plays the Gene Kelly role from the movie, a magnate named Danny Maguire who bankrolls Sonny’s disco dreams.

Mr. Roberts possesses a polished deadpan style, but Mr. Beane’s inspiration seems to have failed him when it came to minting fresh fun from the subplot involving flashbacks to Danny’s 1940s romance. The stage “Xanadu” can’t really muster much in the way of an extravaganza, either, despite Dan Knechtges’s mercilessly cheesy choreography and the music director Eric Stern’s zesty pop arrangements. (For those attuned to higher musical planes, yes, he is that Eric Stern.) The production is skimpy on both the casting and design fronts.

A few dozen audience members are seated onstage, but this device, used effectively in “Spring Awakening,” seems less an aesthetic choice than an economic one here. With a cast of just 10 and minimal sets (the designer David Gallo seems to have blown much of the budget on disco balls), “Xanadu” uses these onstage viewers as unpaid extras and space-filling, mildly animated scenery.

I can imagine, though, that members of the movie’s cult following, amateur cultural archaeologists of all things ’80s, would thrill to the prospect of being magically spirited into the swirling center of a beloved period artifact.

“This is like children’s theater for 40-year-old gay people!” cracks Ms. Hoffman’s Calliope at one point, and she (or rather Mr. Beane) is only half-kidding. But that acidic epithet could be used to describe far too many more earnest Broadway duds of recent vintage. At least “Xanadu” is in on the joke. The show’s winking attitude toward its own aesthetic abjectness can be summed up thus: If you can’t beat ’em, slap on some roller skates and join ’em.

XANADU

Book by Douglas Carter Beane; music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar; based on the Universal Pictures film screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel; directed by Christopher Ashley; choreography by Dan Knechtges; music direction and arrangements by Eric Stern; sets by David Gallo; lighting by Howell Binkley; costumes by David Zinn; sound by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella; projection design by Zachary Borovay; technical supervision by Juniper Street Productions; production stage manager, Arturo E. Porazzi; general manager, Laura Heller. Presented by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith/B. Swibel and Sarah Murchison/Dale Smith at the Helen Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, Manhattan; (212) 239-6200. Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

WITH: Kerry Butler (Clio/Kira), Cheyenne Jackson (Sonny), Tony Roberts (Danny Maguire/Zeus), Jackie Hoffman (Calliope/Aphrodite), Mary Testa (Melpomene/Medusa), Curtis Holbrook (Thalia/Siren/Young Danny/’80s Singer/Cyclops), Anika Larsen (Euterpe/Siren/’40s Singer/Thetis), Patti Murin (Erato/Siren/’40s Singer/Eros/Hera), David Tankersley (Featured Skater) and André Ward (Terpsicore/Siren/’80s Singer/Hermes/Centaur).

c 2007 NY Times

Dr Morbius, Friday, 13 July 2007 18:40 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah a (40-year-old, gay) friend of mine wrote it up too.

tipsy mothra, Friday, 13 July 2007 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, yeah. Reasonable minds can disagree and all, but I can't imagine anyone prefers the movie.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 23 November 2009 23:51 (ten years ago) link

Ned, as a fan of the movie, I don't recommend the musical. At all. They took everything that's charming and kitschy about the movie and ruined it with lowest-common-denominator attempts at humor. Ex: The muses act as a Greek chorus, spouting such hilarious lines as "Oh no she di'nt!"

lindseykai, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:14 (ten years ago) link

Oh no they di'nt!

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:36 (ten years ago) link

Eric, if you come to NY this year I will try to use my B'way connex to get us tix to Cheyenne Jackson in Finian's Rainbow.

Feingold/Kaptur 2012 (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:57 (ten years ago) link

hi dere

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:50 (ten years ago) link

This thread seems to foreshadow the legendary FT April Fool's lawsuit without actually mentioning it.

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:52 (ten years ago) link

OK, now that I know who's who I have to say sorry, dudes, but I won't be joining you but instead will be going across town to see whatever Kerry Butler is in.

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 02:00 (ten years ago) link

Oh wait, that suit was a month BEFORE April Fool's. Freaky Trigger served with cease and desist order

tipsi power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 02:49 (ten years ago) link

That order.

tipsi power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 02:50 (ten years ago) link

In the end, it was Xanadu! that killed ILX.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 24 November 2009 02:57 (ten years ago) link

Can you use your connections to get me backstage?

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 04:00 (ten years ago) link

You two better watch it, you're turning into the Sunshine Boys In The Band.

tipsi power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 04:20 (ten years ago) link

God. Dammit.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 04:26 (ten years ago) link

Sorry.

tipsi power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 05:15 (ten years ago) link

I don't think you appreciate the depths of my hatred toward that movie.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 05:18 (ten years ago) link

No, I don't. I've never even seen it. All I remember is the following bit of business from The Odd Couple. Felix is trying to teach Oscar some kind of Eastern European line-dancing steps, holds up his fingers, snaps them, moves his foot and says:

Felix: I saw it in Zorba The Greek.
Oscar: And I saw it in The Boys In The Band!

tipsi power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 05:24 (ten years ago) link

Haha, I meant The Sunshine Boys.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 05:27 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZEs1po--gk

so foxy around 0:20

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 21:11 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

I am listening to the Broadway Cast Recording of this and this 'Cheyenne Jackson' is no ONJ.
</3

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:51 (nine years ago) link

Also defs did not need an "aren't we hilarious???" version of "Evil Woman," but I got one anyway.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:52 (nine years ago) link

the broadway musical is fun, in a 'this is an easy target we're slaughtering but still enjoy the ride' kinda way.

yelawolfenstein (San Te), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:53 (nine years ago) link

also Kerry Butler would be the ONJ emulator :).

yelawolfenstein (San Te), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:53 (nine years ago) link

haha OK it doesn't say on the CD here
the whole thing sounds like it was recorded by some glue-sniffing Muppets that dropped out of jr. high.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:55 (nine years ago) link

this 'Cheyenne Jackson' is no ONJ

in fairness, no-one is.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) link

I saw a clip on of this on Youtube once and they whole time they were being so winky about "can you beliEVE we are doing XANADU??"– just disgusting. OTOH I like Xanadu for what it is, esp. the soundtrack! SO far this thing is making me, I would say, rationally angry.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:57 (nine years ago) link

Ok I know no one can be ONJ but this guy isn't even coming close to being Cliff Richard. I would think that's acheivable.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:57 (nine years ago) link

is cliff richard the andy gibb look-a-like from the movie?

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:58 (nine years ago) link

iirc he's not in the movie but he does the vocals on "Suddenly" which plays when they're rollerskating around in the studio.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

oh yeah!

love that song. something so charming and innocent about late 70s pop (in retrospect).

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:02 (nine years ago) link

I saw the cast do Xanadu at last years Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and I was so mad at their winkyness and they just ruined it. I can't imagine how infuriating the cd must be if that's how they played out the whole show

'Suddenly' is the bomb

Square-Panted Sponge Robert (VegemiteGrrrl), Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:31 (nine years ago) link

I bet the Broadway Xanadu was about the worst thing ever, Cheyenne Jackson's legs aside. (Admittedly, probably the sole reason 80 percent of the audience was coming.)

benanas foster (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:52 (nine years ago) link

Just downloaded Xanadu, going to watch for the 1st time in many years, i hope i don't regret it because of this thread.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:54 (nine years ago) link

You will not regret it.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:10 (nine years ago) link

I think my dog died the same day as I watched it and I still don't regret it.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:23 (nine years ago) link

Nevermind – he died two days before (thanks ILX for datestamping these two major life events).

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:24 (nine years ago) link

I was going to complain about the Broadway show, but apparently I already did that upthread. It really made me want to break things.

Abbott, I hope you can forgive Cheyenne Jackson by the time you get to the 30 Rock episodes where he's a regular.

lindseykai, Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:42 (nine years ago) link

Ok, I did a GIS for that guy and I like him on 30 Rock (I like everyone on 30 Rock). IMO he was the least offensive guy in the cast recoding, that or the guy presumably playing the Gene Kelly role.

Any track with muses getting all sassy (all those extra ELO songs I assume just padded out the show) were the worst, followed in badness by the fake-ONJ lady, whose voice I just didn't like. Everything else was acceptable. In fact maybe "Dancin'" was my favorite song in the cast recording, where it's my least favorite on the movie soundtrack.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:47 (nine years ago) link

It is a pretty fucking incredible/bonkers scene in the movie, tho.

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:47 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

unexpectedly helpful

Long-haired lead singer guy to alien beings: 'I've never heard computerized music before!'
Olivia Newton-John in the year 1970: 'ME NEITHER! WHAT'S IT LIKE!'

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/toomorrow_sci-fi_rock_film_starring_olivia_newton-john_1970_/

Milton Parker, Friday, 1 April 2011 18:46 (nine years ago) link

have you seen this?

sarahel, Friday, 1 April 2011 18:49 (nine years ago) link

Agony Booth did a full rundown of this the other year, sounds mindboggling:

http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Toomorrow_1970.aspx

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 April 2011 18:57 (nine years ago) link

just the 9 minute clip at the end of that post

it doesn't all take place in orbit, apparently, but the production values / visual design of the alien ship's control room are shockingly high for something I've never heard of

the dialog is even worse than the most mindless Sid and Marty Krofft show -- this looks like it's definitely worth knowing about

xpost ok that review has me wanting to leave work early

Vic (Vic Cooper). Pent-up British keyboard player. His homemade synthesizer’s wild beat may contain the key to universal happiness.

Milton Parker, Friday, 1 April 2011 19:04 (nine years ago) link

i'm down for discovering the key to universal happiness.

sarahel, Friday, 1 April 2011 19:06 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

Now here's a TV promo appearance I hadn't heard of/seen before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hcd02rr-1I

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:32 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Movie turns 35 today...

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 8 August 2015 20:26 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

40th anniversary live 24-hour radio celebration commences at the top of the hour.

https://oddlystupid.wixsite.com/xanadu

https://wfmu.org/2020/07/31/xanadu-unofficial-40th-anniversary-marathon/

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 18:37 (one week ago) link

Well that'll do it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 August 2020 18:49 (one week ago) link

Oh my bad... this is NEXT weekend. So you can clear your schedules, if any.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 19:01 (one week ago) link


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