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Encyclopedia > Stayin' Alive
"Stayin' Alive"
"Stayin' Alive" cover
Single by The Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever
B-side(s) If I Can't Have You
Released December 13, 1977
Format vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Château d'Hérouville,
Pontoise, France1977
Genre Disco
Length 4 min 45 s
Label RSO
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood
Chart positions

"Stayin' Alive" is a song by The Bee Gees, released as a single in 1977. It was their second hit off of the album Saturday Night Fever ("How Deep Is Your Love" had been released two months earlier, and "Night Fever" followed two months later). "Stayin' Alive" is one of The Bee Gees' most popular and recognizable songs, in part because it was played in the opening scene of the mega-popular disco film, Saturday Night Fever. The song can still be heard in a variety of venues, ranging from dance halls to sporting events. Image File history File links The album cover for the Bee Gees Stayin Alive, assumed to be available under fair use doctrine. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The core members of the Bee Gees were an English-Australian singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of all time. ... 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Contents

Beginnings

The producer of the soundtrack, Robert Stigwood (who also doubled as the Bee Gees' manager) called them up and asked them to write a few songs for a soundtrack to a film he was planning. At this point, the film was in very early stages and it didn't even have a title yet. All Stigwood had to go on was a New York cover story about discomania. He asked them to go on with the soundtrack anyway, and they wrote "Stayin' Alive" over the course of a few days while sprawled on the staircase at the Château d'Hérouville studio in Paris. Robert Stigwood (born April 16, 1934 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian-born entertainment entrepreneur. ... Headquarters New York magazine is a weekly magazine, founded in 1968, concerned with the life, culture, politics, and style of New York City. ... This article is becoming very long. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


On the day "Stayin' Alive" was recorded, drummer Dennis Bryon was late to the studio, so producer Robert Stigwood created a tape loop using the drum track from the already-recorded "Night Fever" instead. This accounts for the unchanging rhythm throughout the song.


Saturday Night Fever

The song was not originally supposed to be released as a single, but fans called radio stations and RSO Records immediately after seeing trailers for Saturday Night Fever, in which the aforementioned introductory scene was played. The single was eventually released in mid-December, a month after the album, and moved to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in February, where it would stay for four weeks. Soon after, it would slide to number two, locking in a solid one-two punch with the Bee Gees' other hit from the album, "Night Fever". In the United Kingdom, "Stayin' Alive" was a solid seller but not as popular as it was in the United States, topping out at number four. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Further demonstrating the Bee Gees' U.S. chart domination in 1978, "Stayin' Alive" was replaced at number one with the group's younger brother Andy Gibb's single, "Love Is Thicker Than Water", followed by the Bee Gees' own "Night Fever". This was then replaced by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You". Since Barry Gibb had a hand in writing all four of these songs, he became the only person in history to write four consecutive US Number One singles; this feat has not been matched to this day. Andrew Roy Gibb (March 5, 1958 – March 10, 1988) was an English-born Australian singer and teen idol, and the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, also known as the Bee Gees. ... Night Fever, a song performed by The Bee Gees, was one of several cuts by the trio on the soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever, and the albums third hit single (after How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin Alive). In the United States, Night Fever was the... Yvonne Elliman album cover photo c. ... Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE (born on September 1, 1946 in Douglas, Isle of Man) is a singer, songwriter and producer, hailing from England and Australia. ...


As for the message of the song, Robin Gibb was quoted as saying, "Stayin' Alive" is about survival in the big city—any big city—but basically New York."


Music Video

The music video for the song is of a completely different concept to Saturday Night Fever. It depicts the group performing the song in different parts of an abandoned tropical village.


Acclaim and notoriety

The Bee Gees won a Grammy Award for the song in 1977 for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices was awarded from 1977 to 1986. ...


Over the years, "Stayin' Alive" has earned more critical acclaim. The song was ranked number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and it was also on the list of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone listed the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time as polled by musicians, critics, and industry figures. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll is based on the permanent exhibit of the same name. ...


The song was prominently featured in the 1980 disaster spoof Airplane! during a memorable flashback scene in which Robert Hayes' and Julie Hagerty's characters are shown meeting at a dive bar and engaging in an extremely exaggerated semblance of popular disco dancing. The music in the movie was however, sped up almost twice its usual speed, with permission. This parody might also have given rise to the misconception that "Stayin' Alive" is the song played during John Travolta's famous dancing scene in Saturday Night Fever. The song has also been included on the soundtracks of over 20 other films. A spoof is a humorous take on an established idea, cultural movement, television program, movie, play, or book. ... Airplane! is an American comedy film, first released on June 27, 1980, produced and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lorna Patterson. ... The outdoor signage of a dive bar in Los Osos, CA, nicknamed the Marriage Breaker by locals A dive bar, or simply a dive, is a drinking establishment (or sometimes a restaurant) with a dated or run-down appearance and atmosphere. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ...


It is the at-bat song of New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... Paul Anthony Lo Duca [loh-DOO-kuh] (born April 12, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is a catcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the New York Mets. ...


Volkswagen used a parody of the song in an ad aired in the late 90's entitled "Stay to the Right". VW redirects here. ...


The Simpsons have made numerous references to the song, using it in scenes as the aforementioned "Table Five" parody Homer sang, during a scene in the episode "Two Bad Neighbors", and in a "Treehouse of Horror" scene. Simpsons redirects here. ... Two Bad Neighbors is the 13th episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... This article refers to the first Treehouse of Horror episode. ...


It has recently been used in a Kaiser Permanente television commercial. Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health maintenance organization (HMO), based in Oakland, California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In 1995, N-Trance released a cover version of "Stayin' Alive" which reached number one in the UK singles chart. Ozzy Osbourne, Wyclef Jean, and Happy Mondays havea each done cover versions of this song. An acoustic version was recorded by Supple for the soundtrack to Hurricane Streets. The cult grindcore act, Anal Cunt, recorded an Oi! version of the song for their Top 40 Hits album. See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... N-Trance are a techno/house group founded by Dale Longworth and Kevin OToole, both whom were born in Shaw and Crompton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA pronunciation: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Haitian-rapper, reggae artist, producer, and member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known popularly for a series of low-profile singles in the 1990s but respected within the hip... Happy Mondays are an alternative rock band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester, England in 1985. ... Hurricane Streets was the debut feature film from writer-director Morgan J. Freeman (not the actor) and won three prizes at the Sundance Film Festival. ... Grindcore, often shortened to grind, is an evolution of hardcore punk, most commonly associated with death metal and crust punk. ... Anal Cunt is a band from Boston, Massachusetts that has been categorized as noise, hardcore, grindcore, and shock rock as their style has changed much since their original formation. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Streetpunk. ... Top 40 Hits is the name of an album by Anal Cunt, released in 1995. ...

Preceded by
"Baby Come Back" by Player
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 4, 1978
Succeeded by
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" by Andy Gibb

Baby Come Back is a song by the late 70s group Player. ... Player was a popular rock band formed in Los Angeles, California during the mid-1970s. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... (Love Is) Thicker Than Water is a 1978 song by Andy Gibb. ... Andrew Roy Gibb (March 5, 1958 – March 10, 1988) was an English-born Australian singer and teen idol, and the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, also known as the Bee Gees. ...

See also

These are the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hits of 1978: See also: 1978 in music, List of Number 1 Hits (USA) Categories: No 1 hits in the United States ...

External links

  • Stayin' Alive info from SuperSeventies
  • Stayin' Alive Lyrics
  • Music video for "Stayin' Alive" at YouTube

  Results from FactBites:
 
Stayin' Alive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (499 words)
"Stayin' Alive" is a song by The Bee Gees, released as a single in 1977.
"Stayin' Alive" is one of The Bee Gees most popular and recognizable songs, in part because it was played in the opening scene of a popular disco film, Saturday Night Fever.
In the United Kingdom, "Stayin' Alive" was a solid seller but not as popular as it was in the United States, topping out at #4.
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