Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Guest Post: Andi Be Goode Hearts Grease

For Mermaidens' second guest post, film and vintage clothing expert Andi Be Goode tells us why Grease is one of her very favorite movies!

"Grease is the word”, or so we are told by the opening song for the 1978 movie musical of the same name. It also happens to be one of my all-time favourite movies (just behind Rocky Horror Picture Show which takes top position on that list) and has been since I was a small child and my best friend and I would dance to Greased Lightning (not understanding all of the words) for our mums.


I'm pretty sure Grease has influenced my taste in a lot of things – my love of the '50s (though I think this was helped by having a mother older than most of my peers'), my desire to own a pink car and have a cool in which to hang out with my group of friends (and a group of friends to hang out with), and, perhaps, my tendency to want to break out into song every so often (bound to happen when you are reared on musicals).

I don't think I could possibly pick a favourite part of the movie but I can tell you a few things I may love more than other bits, like, for example, the appearances by Frankie Avalon and Edd Byrnes two big swoon-inducing stars of the late 50s/early 60s.

And how could I not mention other stars of classic Hollywood like Eve Arden and Joan Blondell? (Growing up, I never realised just how many of the older actors in the film had had such prolific and long movie careers... I'm sure I'm missing some!)

I once read a website about how American teenagers really dressed in the 1950s and the author of the site said how unrealistic Grease is in that respect – but it is a musical. I don’t usually look to musicals for historical accuracy but, even so, the costumes in Grease capture the essence of what is stereotypically 1950s. Even musicals made in the era in which they are set are exaggerated representations of the fashion, etc., and that’s what I love about them.

Grease doesn’t quite fit into the hyperreality of other musicals that I love from the 40s and 50s but I think it’s a similar kind of idea. The world of musicals is another world entirely and why people can be so divided by them.

I love the incorporation of the musical's original songs with songs of the era, sung by Sha Na Na at the school dance. The school dance scene is, of course, one of my favourites of the whole film...I still want Rizzo's dress. And probably Frenchie's, too...and Cha Cha's! In fact, just give me all of the dresses please.

Unlike other fans, I don't hate the sequel – in fact, I wholeheartedly embrace it! But I'm not here to write about Grease 2 so I'll just end with some lyrics from my favourite song from the film (and also the song my best friend and I chose to be "our song")

Ra-ma la-ma la-ma ka ding a da ding de dong
Shoo-bop sha wad-da wad-da yipp-it-y boom de boom
Chang chang chang-it-ty chang shoo-bop
Dip da-dip da-dip doo-wop da doo-bee doo
Boog-e-dy boog-e-dy boog-e-dy boog-ed-y
Shoo-by doo-wop she-bop
Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na yip-pit-y boom de boom
Ra-ma la-ma la-ma ka ding-a de ding de dong


            Andi is a ukulele playing, film
            loving, and vintage clothing
            enthusiast who can be
            found blogging at Andi Be Goode!
            Thank you so much Andi ♡!

 

22 comments:

  1. Would you believe that I have not seen this movie?! Crazy right?

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  2. gahhhhh yes yes yes I LOVEEE Grease SO much! The style, the music, the era, just EVERYTHING! I Love all these pictures SO much!
    ~maren~

    flowyshirtsminiskirts.blogspot.ca

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  3. I love it as well, great post!

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  4. so agreed. i just saw it for the first time a little while ago, and it's one of my favourites now too!

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  5. Grease has been my favourite musical since I discovered it when I was nine - the songs and style just never get old :) Fabulous post!
    xox,
    Cee
    http://cocoandvera.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a great post, Grease most definitely is the word!

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  7. This is the best Grease themed post I've ever read!!She-bop!
    xxx

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  8. I love Grease!
    When I was small I couldn't sing the "You're the one that I want" song it sounded something like "Yabadabada~ OEH OEH OEEEHH" haha xD

    Love your blog btw! It's so cute ^^

    Kisses, Tasja || Cotton Candy

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  9. This is such a good review! I adore Grease, no matter how many times you watch it, it's never too much.

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  10. Tienes un blog genial!!

    Un saludo so chic.

    http://sochicbypatricia.blogspot.com

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  11. This is such cool inspo, thanks for sharing xxxx

    http://rendersublime.blogspot.com.au/

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  12. Love that movie! So much influence around it and it brings back so many fond memories for me. Thanks for the reminder :)

    xo
    Nic
    mymannersandmoxie.com

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  13. Love this post and I love the movie!
    My friend and I use to watch it over and over and over and over again when we were little. We had a copy taped from TV on a VHS and we pulled the little tab off it so no one could ever record over it!

    I think I need to rewatch it soon! :D

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  14. Great influences, what an unusual and lovely post! I have to watch that movie!

    xx
    D.G.
    www.thetrendspotter.net

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  15. GREASE MAKES ME IN SUCH A HAPPY MOOD!!!!!!!!

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  16. I love the movie Grease! I don't care if the costumes aren't historically correct - they're awesome!

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  17. nice xx :))


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  18. Thank-you again for asking me! I'm glad everyone else seems to like the post :)
    -Andi x

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  19. U have such a fun blog.
    It's so cotton candy-ish... which makes it very unique actually.
    xo.
    http://fromhatstoheels.blogspot.nl/

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  20. like your blog!!
    keep posting and go for it!

    XO

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  21. I love love love this movie! On of my favourites, was just thinking it yesterday if I should watch it :D

    Frillycakes ♥

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