Resurgence of Barry Gibb brings back the ’70s

February 1, 2014

For decades, it seems that we hardly heard anything from Barry Gibb. Now, all of a sudden, he seems to be everywhere.

The sexiest of the three Bee-Gees brothers (remember the hair? The beard? The open shirts? The hair?) has become a popular parody on Saturday Night Live, featuring Jimmy Fallon as Barry and Justin Timberlake as Barry’s brother, Robin.

On Thursday, the sole surviving Bee Gee, who will be going on tour in the spring, was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

It’s been, well, a long time since the Bee Gees provided the soundtrack for the movie “Saturday Night Fever” and discos everywhere. Released in 1977, the hit movie starred John Travolta.

For years, it seemed that “Stayin’ Alive” would never be dropped off the play lists of radio stations.

But, of course, eventually it was, except for on oldies stations. Such is the way. Time marches on and, before you know it, there’s a new generation that calls itself “Beliebers.”

Eventually, we diehard fans of the Bee Gees threw away or gave away our white satin disco pants. (Yes, I had a pair, and shut up.)

We traded our platform shoes for something more sensible and better suited for dashing in and out of grocery stores and for picking up kids from day care after work.

We realized with sadness that we would never hang out at Studio 54 with the likes of Bianca Jagger and Rod Stewart.

We came to grips with the fact that we were, indeed, “More Than A Woman.” We were diaper changers, toilet scrubbers, Room Mothers and continually paid less than men.

“Night Fever” changed from a song we couldn’t wait to dance to, to something involving PediaCare or Children’s Tylenol.

Occasionally, we would hear on our favorite oldies station the Bee Gees song “You Should Be Dancing” and would agree that, yes, we should, but were way too busy. And besides, we have bunions from those dang platform shoes.

Over the years, many women found that, when it came to their man, the answer to “How Deep Is Your Love” was “not very.”

As our kids grew into teens, we learned the true meaning of “Jive Talkin.”

When the Bee Gees – including the fourth brother, Andy – began dying at relatively young ages, we shared the family’s “Tragedy.”

It has been noted that the Bee Gees continue to be an influence decades after their prime. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is an example.

Why are the Bee Gees still the Bee’s Knees? Because disco “never dies,” according to one recently published report.

Perhaps it’s true that disco never dies. But the Bee Gees do. And so do the days of our youth.

As for our white satin pants, we may only wish they’d be laid to rest, never to haunt us again.

But sadly, they can be purchased as a Halloween disco costume for $38.99.

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