Category Archives: Olivia Newton John

A whole different role

As is sometimes the way, its fair to credit my inspiration (not literally) for tonight’s blog, a gentleman by the name of Eddie Deezen. You may have heard of him, or more likely heard him, because a lot of his career in recent(ish) years have been doing voices for cartoon series, and the like. For me, at my age, I remember him more for parts in both Grease films, hence tonight’s video. Anyway, this morning on his Facebook page (yes, we are friends there, fame for me, lol, though I also count Bruce Glover as a friend on that front too, ooh.

Anyway, this morning, he was posting something about someone who he had acted with in a film, and something she had done since then. Yes, I know, go find the name, fine, I did, Tawny Kitaen, he’d found an old picture of the two of them, from a film named Happy Hour, which was nothing to do with the Housemartins song, lol. Such a big film it hasnt even got any details about it on Wikipedia lol.

Anyway, this really isnt about her, its about something I did in 1979, to help a few friends out. Basically, they wanted to make a promo video, and for some reason best known to themselves, they decided to use the 2 most famous songs from Grease. They were filling the main parts, but they needed a few more to make up the 2 ‘gangs’ and I got dragged in as one of the guys. I know, be very different now, but more on that in a moment.

Given that I heard nothing more about it, I presume the video sunk like a brick, but as a 21 year old, doing amateur dramatics, and nothing more, it wasnt the end of the world for me. Mind, if it struck gold 4 years later, I wouldnt have been around for them to find me anyway. Either that, or they made it,  didnt need the supporting cast, who knows? I wasnt a great singer, but just going “Woo, woo, woo” I could cope with! As far as I know, its not on You Tube, but please dont go looking for it, just in case.

I forgot all about it, but then, out of the blue, I got a friend request on Facebook from Eddie, looked him up on Wikipedia, went ‘Oh my god” and accepted quickly. Amusing story, his friend number was at the limit, so I sent a message telling him so, assuming that would be it, but no, he made room for me, and the rest was history.

Its funny to think that now, if I was still that age I’d actually be in the girl gang, not the boys! Mind, now I’m more the age for the role played by the legendary Joan Blondell, than the girl gangs, now wouldnt that be fun?

So yes, lets finish going round the sun, to meet the moon on this blog, and get to the videos. Yes, 2 tonight for the price of one. Firstly, a live Olivia Newton John version, without Travolta

Then the one from the movie, with Travolta

I just hope no one can find that fun video including me, thats all I wish!

Vote for me!

No, not really for me, its a pair of gentlemen, strictly 4, making that request in the US today. Well strictly, there are a lot more than that, with Senate and Congress seats up for grabs, but the big vote is Obama v Romney, the US presidential election. By the morning I will probably know the winner, though some are forecasting it close enough, that I might not. As long as its not like 2000 again, I dont care!

No, I’m not voting this time around, something to do with being neither a US citizen, or living in the country. 2016, well, who knows? I have a good number of friends who will (or have already) be voting in the election though. The thing is though, this is an election that has a much bigger relevance than just within America, especially since the fall of the Soviet Union. Alright, their elections were always a “bit” suspect, and many would say Russia’s still are lol!

I know, it doesnt directly affect our economy, or military leanings, but indirectly, it does. Its hard to believe, at one time the US belonged to us lol! Mind, the populated area was a lot smaller back then! Like us, each constituency is a winner takes all thing, its just that in presidential terms, they only have 50 constituencies, as opposed to our approximate total of 650. But the winning score isnt 26, its 270! How, because the number of votes in each state are loaded according to population. Just as well its not size, otherwise Alaska would have a very major say, as opposed to what it has population wise lol! Oh, and Kansas has 6, no idea why I know that. Going back to 1960, they have voted Republican every time, bar one, in 1964, when events led to an interesting result to say the least. Yes, JFK’s untimely death mainly, I suspect.

In fact, hearing what I have today, there are only about 12 of the 50 states that really hold much concern as to how they will vote! The thing is, several of those are the ones with large numbers of electoral votes, like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Me, I think I’d lean towards Obama, not just politically, but because of the 2 candidates relative stance on LGBT issues. Of course, if Romney were to send me a Green Card, my endorsement could change lol! I can be so shallow at times, giggle!

The video, well given I used Alice Cooper a few months back, I looked for something new, and found this, a record from my childhood, mentioning one of those critical states. The artist, well a few years later, she made a famous film with John Travolta, looking slightly different!

Anyone for tennis?

Yes, I know we are in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight by now, but better late than never! At least Euro 2012 is now over, though just to cheer me up, qualifiers for both the Champions League, and Europa Cup start this week, what a depressing thought!

No, tennis isnt a big sport for me, though I have my perverse moments when I show interest in Andy Murray, even now. And alright, it does help in the sense that the cricket is rained out again tonight, shock horror with this awful summer we’re having here.

And guess what? Its raining at Wimbledon, but there is still live tennis, on one court at least. But lets not talk about those men playing tennis now, lets talk ladies tennis. Back in the old days, there were lady tennis players who made me look feminine. And that was long before I even realised that I wasnt really a guy, it has to be said. There were one or two who were all woman (one was so buxom, she must have had a very strong bra!), but a good number of them looked like some of the male players lol! Oh, and shock horror, a good number of them were lesbians, either openly, or slightly less so. Stories got out, but, as nothing was official… Oh, and of course, one transgendered player, Renee Richards.

Nowadays not only are seemingly the vast majority thoroughly hetro, a number of them take time out to have babies! And yes, alright, a good number of them are quite pretty as well. Alright, there are still those like Serena Williams, but…lol, far less of them!

When I was at school, and for a few years afterwards, I went to a day at Wimbledon, but that was a very long time ago. Funniest memory of that, on an outside court, I watched a match involving a young, slightly loud qualifier from the US, not really taking much notice at the time. But everyone took notice of him for many years to come after that. His name? John McEnroe! And I saw him play his second ever match at Wimbledon, hows that? Ah, the memories.

The video, slightly obtuse, given what the lyrics actually ‘suggest’, but the video features exercise, and does include Olivia Newton John swinging a tennis racket, so…