Bee Gees - I Started A Joke

Bee Gees’ 1968 Music Video For ‘I Started A Joke’

Okay, okay, let me be perfectly honest with you all. I am old as dirt. I was fortunate enough to be present when the mighty dinosaurs strode the Earth. To say nothing of remembering when the Dinosaucers made an appearance back in the late ’80s. I am also ancient enough to have seen the rise and eventual “fall” and rise again of the Bee Gees. A band that I have no problems with saying that I enjoyed greatly. Nor do I hesitate today to boast that I still enjoy the music of the Bee Gees.
Bee Gees - Billboard - 1977

Obviously, I first became a fan of the Bee Gees thanks to 1977’s Saturday Night Fever. I can vividly recall watching it at my local 62 Drive-In. As I have mentioned numerous times before, if my Father wanted to see a film, I usually was brought along too. The group certainly made a huge splash when they began leaning towards disco music. Such as Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing, as well as Night Fever. Five of the songs from the film’s soundtrack were courtesy of the Bee Gees!

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Interestingly enough, the Bee Gees were not intended to be used in the 1977 film. In fact, John Travolta was quoted in an 2007 interview with The New Yorker:
“The Bee Gees weren’t even involved in the movie in the beginning … I was dancing to Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs.”
Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever

While that may have indeed been the case. The truth is though, some feel that thanks to the Bee Gees, disco was given a fresh boost. As well as the fact it helped to make the film’s soundtrack, the 4th highest selling album of all time. The kicker to me is that the band had been in existence since 1958. Naturally the band had gone into various permutations with members but the core trio of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb were always there.
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Before they leaned into the waning popularity of disco, the group was more well known for it’s pop rock tunes. As well as covering a few popular songs from a little band called The Beatles. In addition to being celebrated songwriters for other artists. Everyone from Michael Jackson, Brian May, Billy Joel, Elton John, and even McCartney and Lennon have expressed their admiration for the group through the years.

In fact, McCartney was quoted:
“It was the ‘Mining Disaster’ song that Robert Stigwood played me, I said ‘sign them, they’re great'”.

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Ready to listen to one of my favorite songs from the Bee Gees? Enjoy this ‘music video’ for 1968’s I Started A Joke!

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ELO: The Video Game – A Soundtrack To A Game That Never Was

In an age when Beatles Rock Band is old hat, It’s hard to remember a time when video game “product placements” or celebrity connections were a rarity, and kind of a big deal: Atari slapping Pele’s name on a new soccer cartridge, Mattel Electronics securing permission to emblazon every new sports video game with the name and logo of that sport’s professional league, or the one that started it all, a 1976 arcade, game awfully similar to Night Driver, called Datsun 280 ZZZAP!.
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And then there was Journey. Around 1983, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger radio hit than Separate Ways (Worlds Apart). That synth line, the one that leads the whole song off, was practically made to be turned into video game music. Journey inspired two video games – a fantastic Midway arcade game, and the quirky but enjoyable Journey Escape for the Atari 2600.


Read: Celebrate Atari Day With Journey Escape And MTV!

But what if another band had been in the right place at the right time to cash in on the video craze?

That’s the idea behind another project perhaps best described as “quirky but enjoyable” – a soundtrack for ELO: The Video Game that was never, in fact, made.
The free downloadable “ELO: The Video Game” album from online label Pterodactyl Squad re-imagines several of the band’s singles, and a few lesser-known tunes, as chiptunes – as they would sound as music for intros, level-up animations, and even boss battles.
It’s a little disconcerting seeing the ELO spaceship – a fixture of the band’s album covers since 1977 – spewing missiles at everything within sight on the artwork for this release, but it’s a fun (and fast) listen.

Now someone just needs to create a game to go with the music.