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Is The Best Of The Bee Gees an Oxymoron

Personally, I don't think so. In the days before Saturday Night Fever turned the Bee Gees into a disco caricature of their former selves they were arguably one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion, falling in line right behind The Beatles and side-by-side with the Rolling Stones.

While the Brothers Gibb enjoyed great commercial success from Saturday Night Fever, once disco fever had been cured, it took them a while to recapture the authentic sound they'd had prior to.

I remember getting caught up in disco fever. I was in ninth grade when SNF hit the big screen. Tame by today's standards, it was the naughtiest movie I had ever been to see at the time. I tried to watch the movie recently and could not believe it had caused such a big face back in it's day. Unlike Grease, which has a timeless appeal, and the drop-dead-gorgeous young Olivia Newton John, SNF was a movie of it's time and irrelevant today except as an example of how never to dress unless you are going to a costume party with a disco theme.

Fortunately for the Bee Gees, they found their sound again in the wake of the hype from SNF.

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JohnRoberts wrote on September 6, 2015, 5:54 PM

I disagree the Bee Gees were side by side with the Stones. No way. The Bee Gees in the 1960s and early 70s were a minor British group not in the same league as Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, LedZep or even Herman's Hermits who were big in their day. Disco brought back the Bee Gees from the music graveyard and they would not be remembered today without it. SNF was a fine film with a lot of substance many didn't get but it is a very dated relic. I can still watch Travolta dance and find him fantastic but it's now like watching Lawrence Welk.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 6:10 PM

I have read several articles by British music writers who might disagree with you, but it is really all a matter of opinion. Several of those same articles I read also feel it is unfair to compare the three bands as their styles were so different, with the Beatles being much more in the forefront for innovation and experimentation.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on September 6, 2015, 6:19 PM

It is interesting you write about Disco and the Bee Gees here. I literally just wrote an article about Disco and I mention the Bee Gees.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 6:22 PM

An article I recently read credited the Bee Gees song Jive Talking with practically creating the disco sound. No doubt SNF launched the nationwide disco craze that swept the nation and sold an untold number of polyester leisure suits.

chrisandmark wrote on September 6, 2015, 6:45 PM

I'm not a lover of the Bee Gees sound but can hear their genius (they've certainly stood the test of time, my nineteen year old tells me they're loved by her college friends)

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 7:30 PM

As far as song writers from that era go, I recently read in an article for the BBC that there were the Beatles in a class by themselves, there were the Bee Gees, and then there was everybody else.

lexiconlover wrote on September 6, 2015, 7:49 PM

All this music was way before my time. And truth be told I've never seen SNG. Showing my age aren't I?

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:41 PM

I am a lover of music and that's it, regardless of whose creation it is and Bee Gees did give me 'listening pleasure' Those days we had tapes as CDs were not around.

FourWalls wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:46 PM

No. If they'd only recorded"Run to Me," "I Started a Joke," and "Edge of the Universe" they'd still be great in my book.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:52 PM

You might like some of the Bee Gees music, especially their early stuff. Give a listen to some of the songs in the video I linked to and let me know what you think.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:53 PM

My first Bee Gees albums were truly vinyl albums.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:56 PM

I'm not sure of the other songs, but "I Started A Joke" was on their 1968 album, IDEA.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:21 PM

I remember the disco time and Saturday Night Fever. Had not even thought of watching it again. But do pop Grease in once in a while. Hopefully those clothes never come back in style

Feisty56 wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:30 PM

I was not much of a fan of disco -- it was never accepted in these rural communities here -- but am familiar with the Bee Gees. They've stood the test of time, that's for certain.

markgraham wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:33 PM

The movie came out when I was in junior high. I even had a shiny silk shirt. I like the Bee Gees. My favorite song was "Tragedy".

Paulie wrote on September 6, 2015, 11:10 PM

I was living in Taiwan in the 70s when Saturday Night Fever and the disco craze began. I have always liked listening to the BGs.

MegL wrote on September 7, 2015, 1:39 AM

I liked the Bee Gees but don't remember SNF. Disco dancing probably came a bit after my "time" of going to dances.

Rufuszen wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:56 AM

I wouldn't try to watch SNF nowadays!

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:18 AM

I enjoy the Bee Gees pre-SNF music more than their disco phase. Songs like Massachusetts, New York Mining Disaster, and I Started A Joke are some of my favorites from that era.

And forgive me, but how could I forget, "I've Just Got To Get A Message To You," arguably one of the Bee Gees best songs.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:20 AM

Grease is timeless where SNF was a movie fit for its time but irrelevant now except as a nostalgia piece. The times depicted in Grease were of a more mythological age, a time out of time.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:21 AM

If you don't remember SNF many would consider you to be among the lucky. The dancing was incredible, the music, some of it, was really good, but the acting was, eh, so-so, IMHO

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:25 AM

The Bee Gees are considered by many music critics to be second only to the Beatles as song writers from that era. One BBC article I read classified song writers of the British invasion as consisting of the Beatles, then the Bee Gees, and then everybody else.

Paulie wrote on September 8, 2015, 4:16 AM

So, even though the BeeGees were from Australia,they were considered part of the British Invasion. i didn't know that. I think their first song "Massachussets" hit the States in 1967, correct?

VinceSummers wrote on September 8, 2015, 4:03 PM

Originally, I couldn't stand the BGs. Then, much later on, I grew to like them. I can't tell you what phase I did or did not appreciate. Likely my tastes overlap yours in this.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 8, 2015, 5:38 PM

Australia was still part of the British Commonwealth back then, wasn't it. That means all Aussies are really Brits, doesn't it.

cheri wrote on September 8, 2015, 11:18 PM

That was not my era. I was born on the 70s but of course their popularity around the world was so phenomenal that I knew all of them and their songs