hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks of All Time: Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever, Tony Badham's disco-themed coming of age story starring John Travolta
So what’s the film about?
Travolta stars as Tony Manero, a nineteen-year-old enduring a frosty relationship with his parents, with whom he still lives, and a dead-end job at a paint store. Perennially in the shadow of his older brother, a priest and the golden boy of the family, Tony's life is going nowhere fast.
Then he meets Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), who introduces him to the disco scene, and before long Tony is strutting his stuff and ruling the dancefloor. Stephanie, however, has ambitions bigger than the clubs of Brooklyn are able to deliver and has plans for a new life outside of New York.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It's a soundtrack of original songs, most of which are by the Bee Gees, but with some incidental music composed by David Shire and a few other tracks, notably 'A Fifth of Beethoven', a funky adaptation of Beethoven's fifth symphony performed by Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band.
Anyone else I might know?
Walter Murphy might not be a household name like The Bee Gees but fans of Family Guy may recognise him as the guy behind all the music on Seth MacFarlane's animated comedy, including the theme tune.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
Saturday Night Fever includes some – if not most - of the Bee Gees' biggest hits, including 'Stayin' Alive', 'How Deep is your Love?', 'Night Fever', 'You Should Be Dancing' and 'Jive Talkin'', all of which reached the top of the Billboard chart. 'A Fifth of Beethoven' also managed this feat a year earlier in 1976, making this one of the most successful soundtracks in history in terms of chart performance.
What’s the best moment?
With so many great songs its tricky to choose one moment, but John Travolta's solo dance routine to 'You Should Be Dancing' takes some beating, it really does. Great song, great scene.
Has it stood the test of time?
We think so. Disco may have had its day, but some of the songs on the soundtrack are absolutely timeless.