Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, John!

Here's a big birthday shout-out to my first love, John Travolta...still lookin' good at 54. My birthday is the day after John's, and when I was a kid I always thought that it was some kind of cosmic "sign" that we were meant to be together.

Ok, so maybe I still think that.

John, if that ridiculously gorgeous wife of yours ever gets tired of you, I'm still waiting for my shot. I don't like Tom Cruise or airplanes, but I think we could still make it work. With enough valium, I could learn to deal with anything. Well, the airplanes anyway.

I wanted to post an awesome video of young John singing his big '70s hit, "Let Her In," on American Bandstand, but it's no longer on YouTube. The next best thing I could come up with is John performing "Whenever I'm Away From You" on The Captain and Tennille Show. His "melacholy pirate" outfit is classic, and my favorite part of the song is around the 1:55 mark, where he looks like he just thought up the "uphill climb" lyric that second...which would be an amazing feat, considering that he's lip-synching. I wonder how many kids back in those days thought that singers could actually fade out on their own, like magic?

Once the song is over, you really should stop watching. The last minute or so is filled with some horribly cheesy '70s variety-show banter.

24 comments:

Writeprocrastinator said...

And how are you two going to spend the minute where your birthdays merge? Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Every time I see him I think, "Eww, he's s damn Scientologist."

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He actually does look pretty good for 54 and you, of course, look fabulous for 21! Happy early birthday! May you have many more years of making me shoot wine out my nose from reading your sassy posts.

Moxie said...

So that's why I like your sass: another February b'day person like me! Happy early birthday Beck!

Now on to the song: Did he actually sing "therapy, it's just not working"? That was my favorite part. And I detected a bulge in his trousers - looks like the mouse is poking out of the house, Johnny T, you wanna stuff that back in there so you don't scare the kiddies?

My friend gave me a copy of Hairspray for my birthday and I loved it. John did an excellent Baltimore accent - felt like I was back home in MD. Though I don't think walking around town singing "Good Morning Baltimore" would go over well with the locals these days. They're pretty hard core.

pistols at dawn said...

Happy birthday early - here's hoping you get good taste in men for your birthday.

Gifted Typist said...

I like the way the tumeric shoes match the tumeric jump suit.

You have to hand it to him though, to process from that to Pulp Fiction.

Happy b'day b'eye.

Les Becker said...

Were the spandex pants even in style in the 70's? We would've had a "name" for ol' John back then in that get-up.

Suze said...

Aah Beckeye - John Travolta?? I won't say anything more until tomorrow when it's YOUR day!

Beth said...

Or that you develop taste in straight men for your birthday. I find the straight ones respond better when we flirt.

Bond said...

BTW...I saw John the other day..he lost your phone number but has been trying to get a hold of you the last two years...he thought you had given up on him.

Bond said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

sI had totally forgotten about the C&T show. It was one of my mom's favorites but I watched this episode because JT was on. I was more into Shaun Cassidy.

Slave to the dogs said...

Old John is like old Elvis to me - I like the younger version better.

Happy birthday!

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

He's okay in my book -- did a bang-up job in Pulp Fiction.

CDP said...

Happy Birthday! And to John, too.

The Guv'ner said...

I loved John T. with all my little heart. His snazzy Grease swagger. Those piercing blue eyes. Who knew he'd grow up into a follower of Xenu with a gut and a penchant for kissing other male Scientologists? So disappointing.

Turnbaby said...

Happy Birthday sugar

Alice said...

oh my god that is so fantastically awful that i just can't stand it. HAAAA. oh, wonderful... :-)

happy birthday!

BeckEye said...

WP - Well, I do live above a porn store.

Dr. MVM - This is America! Land of religious tolerance! And land of people getting kicked in the ass who say bad things about John Travolta!

Barbara - Why, thank you!

Moxie - I forgot to mention the bulge. Silly me. It's quite prominent. Glad to hear you loved Hairspray. I did too.

Pistols - You know I love you too, so what are you saying?

GT - Thanks!

Les - What would that name have been? "The guy with the huge bulge?"

Suze - Good girl. If you don't have anything nice to say about John, be very careful around me.

Beth - You believe everything you read, don't you? I can't imagine what reading my blog has done to you.

Bond - Ah, if only that were true. Thanks for the bday wishes!

Lady Who Doesn't Lunch - That's funny, I was just talking about Shaun Cassidy the other day.

Slave - Well, you can't beat that hair. But I love John at any age.

BSUWG - Yes he did! John is fab.

CDP - Thanks! If John were here, we would both thank you. Actually, no, if John were here I wouldn't be on the computer. :)

Guv - Sigh. There's nothing wrong with men kissing men! And John has been a Scientologist since he was 18, before it became a Hollywood fad. He's just not a crazy zealot like Tom Cruise, which is why it was probably never made into such a key factor of who he is.

Turnbaby - Thanks, doll!

Alice - Thanks! And I know you watched the vid more than once! :)

Warren Beatty said...

You think THAT looks good? Please.

Pezda's Ghost said...

GACK! I don't remember people dressing like that in the 70's. Of course, I've systematically eliminated all of my memories prior to 1990.

Happy Birthday!

Writeprocrastinator said...

"WP - Well, I do live above a porn store."

John won't need porn, he'll have you to start him up. Though Kelly banging on the door with all her screaming and threats, might throw his game off a little.

David Amulet said...

OH, that outift is great. I want that for Halloween this year.

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