5 reasons why Grease Lightning lives on after 40 years
19th April 2018
Believe it or not, it's been 40 years since the love lives of Danny Zuko and as Sandy Olsson took the world by storm. Whether you were a teen in the 70s or a youngster today, you've been gripped by the antics of the hormonally-charged seniors of Rydell High and there's definitely one song you know all the words to.
Just why has Grease's summer lovin' been able to last?
The moral of the story is really, really bad which is a good thing.
Whether it's Grease, The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls or High School Musical, every generation has a high school movie that defines it. What makes Grease special is that there's nothing squeaky clean about the plot. Look past the catchy ditties and fifties flare, and the plot essentially tells viewers that love is all about changing yourself to get the guy with the cool car. Let's face it, that message is way more fun.
It reminds us that we're never too old
In 1978, Hollywood's idea of 'high school age' was somewhat loose. Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 34, while Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) was 30. John Travolta (Danny) was comparatively a baby at 24. If you're thinking of a career change, Grease proves that there's no shame in becoming a mature student.
Parties are way better now because of Grease
When was the last wedding you went to that didn't draw everyone to the dance floor with the Grease Megamix? It's the ultimate floor filler, upping the atmosphere in every party ever. Grandad to grandson, Grease Lightning has everyone showcasing their smoothest shuffle.
'Why, this car is auto-matic. It's system-matic. Its hyyyyydro-matic. Why, it's greased lightning!'
Pink wasn't just for Wednesdays
The 'Pink Ladies' were the original mean girls, but way, way cooler. These girls had no need to ration their colour choices because whatever they wanted, they got. You go get 'em, girls.
It's just so catchy
Here's the link to Summer Nights on YouTube. Watch it, we dare you. So what if you'll be humming it for a week? Grease is only turning 40 once!