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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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Wondering: Is “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees to most-translated pop song in existence?

I’m prompted to ask this because today, I heard a Hindi version of this classic disco tune — same distinctive instrumentals and rhyming pattern, but with translated lyrics. I have no idea how closely the translation, or transliteration, was to the original English song; but the surface impression was certainly there.

Furthermore, I can add this Hindi entrant to the handful of other foreign-language renditions I’ve come across over the years: German, Greek, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. That’s a wide linguistic range, and indicates to me that this tune has been adapted far and wide. Furthermore, there must be something universally appealing about it, to inspire so many reworks. Could this anthem to ’70s nightlife be so infectious to warrant so many native editions?

By the way, I realize that the above photo is not that of the actual Bee Gees. But it’s close enough, in my estimation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/11/2021 11:27pm
Category: Pop Culture, Society, Wordsmithing
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Kudos to New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott, who decoded the I’m-quitting saga of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater in a pop-cultural context:

How many see the resemblance between Steven Slater of #jetblue and Stephen Stucker, who played the sassy Johnny character in “Airplane”?

Sure enough, the resemblance is uncanny. I would have run side-by-side headshots of Steven and Stephen, but I couldn’t find decent enough photos of them (not surprisingly for Stucker, who’s been dead for a quarter-century). But it’s there. The fact that they are/were both gay probably also contributes to the similarity.

It also doesn’t hurt that Slater’s real-life meltdown could have been scripted right out of Airplane!. And by the way, don’t call me Shirley.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/11/2021 11:06pm
Category: Celebrity, Movies, Society
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