THE LOVE IS IN THE AIR

JPY’s infinitely romantic love song uncovered a nuevo generation of fanes when it to be paired con Baz Luhrmann’s strictly Ballroom


Estás mirando: The love is in the air


Call it my slide Doors moment: in 1992 my mother y I go to greater Union cine on Russell Street, Melbourne, to watch Goldie Hawn and Steve martín in Housesitter. Together it turned out, the evening’s sessions of los screwball fight were sold out, so we took a batea instead on ns newly exit Strictly Ballroom.


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By los time john Paul Young’s Love Is in the atmósfera played the película off, me gustaría was weeping hysterically – a response me gustaría still reap to this day – and convinced this was a new classic. Together it turn out, identificación was correct: the película went on to be ns box office smash, and is still perhaps the most successful crystallisation of Baz Luhrmann’s particular vision (if only he’d had actually just $3m uno movie to play with for the rest of his career).

My disappointment at not having actually been may be to view Housesitter evaporated instantly over a fistful of quickly melting compound chocolate y ice cream as soon as the azul Danube fired up and Scott and Liz walked v those glass doors and into los Southern Districts Waratah Championships.

And it to be JPY’s dreamy disco love ballad that stuck con me as one of ns most romantic song of all time. I guess these are the sorts of opinions you have actually at 10-and-a-half – especially one as eccentric together myself (I was currently very interested in costume design, especially rhinestones, y eminently quotable films). But listening to ns song today, me gustaría still agree with my fun-sized self.

Young’s hit, con its slightly daggy, not-quite-fast-enough disco beat, was ns perfect right for the film: in mil novecientos noventa y dos the world of compete ballroom dancing was, in ns pre-Dancing with los Stars world, not taken into consideration especially groovy. In a funny way, though, it’s that specific quality that provides Love Is in the atmósfera such an appeal song.


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Testament to ns production nous of harry Vanda and George young (no relation), JPY had originally asked the songwriting gurus to pen him a potential hit for the alemán market delaware his single Standing in the Rain had actually become un runaway success there. Influenced by the “clicks and electronic buzzes” of Euro disco, even if the end result wasn’t quite Giorgio Moroder, that remains among Australia’s enduring disco classics.

In truth, there wasn’t an awful lot of difference between the mil novecientos setenta y ocho original y the 1992 redo the accompanied the película (the greatest was los loss, RIP, of his glorious Timotei mane): a new intro based upon David Hirschfelder’s score, ns punched up version of ns original arrangement, y a heavenly backing choir.

But it to be those subtle differences that took it from sweetly earnest disco slow-moving jam and into ns stratosphere – aided immeasurably by los very Luhrmann música video because that the new version:


I i can not use seen los stage production of strict Ballroom the is currently playing in Melbourne, y I’m not certain that i will – how could it ever hope come recapture los alchemy that led to its cinematic predecessor’s success?

There’s one innocence (though part would probably say an infantile quality) come Love Is in los Air’s lyrics, what con its vague and wistful recommendations to “the to whisper of los trees” y “the thunder of ns sea”. Perhaps that’s why that struck such uno chord with preteen me, whose idea of romantic was just just start to take shape.

Either way, to this day, anytime Valentine’s día rolls around identificación take uno break representar cynicism by putting john Paul joven on ns stereo y weeping freely while thinking of Scott and Fran’s triumph at ns Pan-Pacific grand Prix.