This plays over the opening credits of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever
while John Travolta struts through the streets of New York City. The movie has come to represent the disco era, and has made "Stayin' Alive" one of the songs most associated with disco. The Bee Gees had been singing in a high-falsetto style since their 1975 hit "Jive Talkin'
," which was also on the soundtrack, but they were very popular as a vocal harmony group in the late '60s and early '70s. Their contributions to Saturday Night Fever
brought them huge success, but marked them as disco singers.
In a 1989 interview with Q
magazine, they talked about this stigma and why they didn't deserve it. "We were not
disco," Robin Gibb said. "People who emulated us were disco. All you heard on the radio was that dooo! dooo! syn-drum sound. We never had a syn-drum on one of our records!"