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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Stayin' Alive has Perfect Beat...

In 1977, I was a high school freshman.  The movie, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, was a huge hit.  Some of the kids in my class had parents who let them watch it; I was not one of them.  
It didn't really bother me.  

I had the beat of the music dancing around in my head.  You could hear the movie soundtrack everywhere--on the radio, in stores, on tv, in ice skating and roller skating rinks, and more. The Bee Gees wrote the songs for the movie.  Their songs breathed life into disco (though I can't help but think John Travolta had quite a bit to do with it, too...), and the disco era was bigger than ever.  

But, like all good things, it soon faded away.

Until now.  

One of the Bee Gees songs, Stayin' Alive, is back here to stay.  In a University of Illinois medical study, doctors have found the disco beat of Stayin' Alive near perfect for administering CPR. The American Heart Association recommends 100 chest compressions per minute; Stayin' Alive has 103 beats per minute.

If you'd like to go down memory lane and listen to Stayin' Alive, while keeping the beat with John Travolta's walk in the beginning of the movie of Saturday Night Live, then take a look at this YouTube video.

Keep this song in the inner lining of your brain.  You never know when you're going to need to remember it...  


PJ Hoover said...

You always give the best trips down memory lane! And such useful information, too!

Beth Kephart said...

Jeepers, where do you come up with these fascinating tidbits?

beckylevine said...

Oh, geez. I had to look--now I'm going to have that song in my head all week. The funny thing is, she's right--you could hear that beat so clearly to do the CPR in time with!

daphne grab said...

that is so funny and so odd- i can't believe someone figured that out! i wasn't allowed to see the movie when it came out either but it's really a fun one! back in the day i even had the soundtrack

Barrie said...

How do you find this stuff?? Fascinating!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

See, disco does have a purpose! Thanks for passing this along. I first saw "Saturday Night Fever" on a tv set, edited for tv. The first time I saw it unedited, I was a little shocked at what I had missed from the tv edits. There is one part that is just awful.

Little Willow said...

This is hilarious AND helpful.