Here’s how untouchable the Bee Gees were in the summer of 1978: They starred in a historically terrible rock ‘n’ roll movie that probably would have branded any other rock band for all eternity, that movie being “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
But the Brothers Gibb were no longer a rock band (nor a rock brand) anymore anyway, and I’m inclined to suggest that no one in their orbit gave a shit about Sgt. Pepper’s fate, considering how another movie and its soundtrack, both featuring The Bee Gees’ songs, had fared by then.
“Saturday Night Fever,” the movie and its soundtrack, dominated pop culture that year in a way few musical phenomena ever had, perhaps except for, well, remind me who originally created “Sgt.Pepper’s.”
I was reminded this week of those uncertain days of 1978 while listening to the latest episode of Let It Roll.
Here’s a rub that’s easy to spot now but was not as clear and present then: Rock ‘n’ roll was getting its ass kicked on the dance floor and just about everywhere else, and the rescue party had not yet been fully mustered.
I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that the ‘fro I was sporting by summer of ‘78 would never see the inside of a disco, but it would see the view from behind a drum set.
That’s no excuse, though...
Ed Legge (@freebirdyeller) is a life-long musician, long-time journalist and sometime corporate dweeb who’s writing a book about originating rock ‘n’ roll’s most absurd tradition.