OK X is a tough letter for which to find a decent topic. I almost went with the Xenia, OH super outbreak of tornadoes from April, 1974 but there was just too much info. Perhaps next year for the 40th anniversary. Thus began the 'dance of the truly desperate', googling subjects that begin with the letter X.
I finally decided to settle on Xanadu, that horrible roller disco movie from 1980 starring Olivia Newton John, Michael Beck and Gene Kelly. That last one always surprised me. Why would Gene Kelly agree to get involved with this awful project? He surely had enough money by then. ONJ was riding a huge wave of popularity by 1980 between 'Grease' in 78 and her string of hits after that. Michael Beck was in the cult classic movie 'The Warriors' the year before.
My interest in the movie was solely due to ELO's contribution to the soundtrack. I was a rabid ELO fan at the time and a couple of the songs had been pre-released before the movie came out, including "I'm Alive". I only went to the movie in the hopes that they'd be featured performing. Instead they showed The Tubes. The movie was, and remains, just wretched.
Did any of you see this train wreck of a film? What did you think?