It’s Saturday Night

As Rod Serling famously said in the opening of the ” Twilight Zone”

:Pleased to present, for your consideration:

Here are two versions of the same song.

One version is ” Saturday Night ” which was a monster hit for the Bay City Rollers in 1976. I was 12 years old when it came out and that is the reason why, over 40 years later I play the guitar.

I’ve also posted here the same song by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin which was featured in the film ” So I Married an Ax Murderer “.

I actually love both versions of the same song- they both have energy, they certainly both have a lot of Spirit and in both versions you get the sense that you are moving along to somewhere great and that you will be dancing the entire way.

But here is the difference for me.

Had I been 12 when Ned’s Atomic Dustin released Saturday Night, I doubt if I would have pulled out my Dad’s guitar and started taking music lessons because of it.

Ned’s version is cool, it’s a little gritty . It made me want to listen to it, to dance to it but it didn’t invite me to rock along,

Like I said though, I loved both versions and I hope you will enjoy them too,

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night

Gonna keep on dancin’ to the rock and roll
On Saturday night, Saturday night
Dancin’ to the rhythm in our heart and soul
On Saturday night, Saturday night

I-I-I-I just can’t wait
I-I-I-I gotta date

At the good ol’ rock and roll
Folk show, I’ve gotta go
Saturday night, Saturday night
Gonna rock it up, roll it up
Do it all, have a ball
Saturday night, Saturday night

S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night

Gonna dance with my baby till the night is through
On Saturday night, Saturday night
Tell her all the little things I’m gonna do
On Saturday night, Saturday night

I-I-I-I love her so
I-I-I-I’m gonna let her know

At the good ol’ rock and roll
Folk show, I’ve gotta go
Saturday night, Saturday night
Gonna rock it up, roll it up
Do it all, have a ball
Saturday night, Saturday night

S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night

S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night
S-S-S-Saturday night

2 thoughts on “It’s Saturday Night

  1. My vote is for Ned’s version. OK, I’m a videographer and I really like all the visual stuff going on, But even the folkie in me prefers the music in the Atomic dust bin version. The Rollers were pretty sanitized seventies rockers complete with depilated chests.

    • I thought Ned’s video was a heavy riff on Nirvana’s Teen Spirit video (which was funny ), but the track itself was from the movie ” So I Married Ax Murderer ” as well as some of the crowd shots so I’m not sure how much creative input they had with that or the arrangement for the song.

      As to the manscaping? I didn’t care about it then and I don’t now. Waxing is painful, that’s about all I can add to that.

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