“Musings on the Muse?” Well, if that’s the topic, there’s clearly only one thing to write about this week.
Oh hell yes. Xanadu. The best bad movie ever made. And it’s about The Muses.
Did I have the soundtrack on 8-Track Tape? Oh yes I did. Did I play it in my 2X-L and dance around my basement? Oh yes I did. Do I still know every single word on that album? Oh yes I do.
I also to this day have my very own pair of bright, shiny white roller skates — not blades, skates. They have purple laces, wheels, and brake stoppers, and I am the coolest mom at the roller rink parties… though I’m trumped by the coolest dad, a friend of mine who was actually a competitive roller skater in the 70’s and 80’s. I have never asked him if he was inspired by Xanadu, but how could he not have been?
If you’ve never seen the movie, I can’t even tell you how amazing a cultural phenomenon you missed. If you have, you’re no doubt already humming the theme song to yourself. And on the off chance you’re not, I bring it here to you now. Watch and enjoy — between the bad effects, the bad acting from Olivia Newton John’s love interest, the bad costumes, the bad hair on the random tightrope walkers — it’s all so, so, so good, and if you’re anything like me, it’ll bliss you out beyond all reason.
Now I recognize nothing can top Xanadu, but I do know there are other phenomenal bad movies, and I’d love to hear all about your favorites. Need some music to help you think? Click “play” again and listen to ONJ just one more time. I guarantee I’ll be playing it all night long.