Stayin Alive Bee Gees Remix Club Edit 2018
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The executive producer of the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack and future Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood asked the band to write a few songs for the soundtrack. At this point, the film was in early stages and it did not have a title; in fact, all Stigwood had to go on was a New York cover story about discomania.
They wrote “Stayin’ Alive” over the course of a few days while sprawled on the staircase at the Château d’Hérouville studio near Paris. As with many other artists during the 1970s, the Bee Gees recorded a majority of the soundtrack in France for tax reasons.
RSO Records wanted the song to share the then-title of the film, “Saturday Night”, but the Bee Gees refused a title change, insisting that there had been too many songs with “Saturday” in the title, and the album already had a song with the word “night” in the title—”Night Fever”. Rather than change the name of the former song to match the film, Stigwood expanded the name of the film to encompass the title of the latter song. Over the years, the brothers have had mixed feelings about the song. On one hand, they admit it brought them tremendous fame; on the other, it led to their being pigeonholed as a disco act, despite a long and varied career before and after.
Several words from Robin Gibb’s Concorde ticket inspired the Gibbs to write the lyrics for “Stayin’ Alive”. Robin recalls, “The subject matter of ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is actually quite a serious one; It’s about survival in the streets of New York, and the lyrics actually say that”. Barry Gibb also recalls, “People crying out for help. Desperate songs. Those are the ones that become giants. The minute you capture that on record, it’s gold. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is the epitome of that. Everybody struggles against the world, fighting all the bullshit and things that can drag you down. And it really is a victory just to survive. But when you climb back on top and win bigger than ever before, well that’s something everybody reacts to everybody”. “We’d also written a song called ‘Saturday Night'”, Maurice explains, “But there were so many songs called ‘Saturday Night’ even one by the Bay City Rollers, so when we rewrote it for the movie, we called it ‘Stayin’ Alive’.
The track was finished at Criteria Studios, with Maurice Gibb laying down a bass line similar to the guitar riff, Barry Gibb and Alan Kendall on guitar riffs, and Blue Weaver adding synthesizers. The Boneroo Horns parts were added. Barry sings falsetto on the whole song, except on the line “life’s going nowhere, somebody help me”.