Monday, September 29, 2014

Musical Interlude: Xanadu (1980)

2 years after "Grease", Olivia Newton-John headlined another musical. However, "Xanadu" was a colossal flop, and that was despite the fact that Olivia was paired this time with screen legend Gene Kelly, and fronted a soundtrack that also featured the Electric Light Orchestra and Cliff Richard.

Here, Olivia sings the title song, backed by ELO, although Jeff Lynne and the band are nowhere to be found.


magicdog said...

I remember this film, but things went so very wrong!

Anytime a plot is wrapped around a roller disco, you know it's just going end badly even if Olivier himself were the lead!

Both Newton-John & Gene Kelly deserved better. So did ELO for that matter.

hobbyfan said...

About the only thing worth saving from this movie was the soundtrack. I've never seen it, amazingly.