‘Grease: Live’ Isn’t Allowed To Sing The Dirtiest Lyric From ‘Grease’

01.29.16 10 months ago 21 Comments
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Grease was the top-grossing movie of 1978 (it beat Superman by more than $25 million), and was at one point the third highest grossing movie of all-time, behind only Star Wars and Jaws. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the film won multiple People’s Choice Awards. Grease is a people pleaser. Danny and Sandy are together, then they’re not, then they are, then they fly into the Sun?

The ending is weird.

Anyway, Grease appeals to kids and adults alike (the first time I saw it was with my mom), but it probably shouldn’t. Sandy is the inspiration for the “Be a Whore to Get Your Man” trope, the lovable scamps in the T-Birds regularly look up the skirts of unsuspecting women, and a hickey from Kenickie is just gross. Though not as nasty as the worst lyric in the history of music.

“You are supreme, the chicks’ll cream for Greased Lightn'”

Ewwwwwwwwwwwww. That’s the mayonnaise of lyrics. Disgusting and unnecessary. It also won’t be in Fox’s Grease: Live, not because it’s dumb as hell, but because advertisers demanded it be scrapped.

To make the show more palatable for broadcast audiences and advertisers [like Coca-Cola], the show has toned down some of its racier lyrics. In the song “Greased Lightnin’,” the line “the chicks’ll cream” has been changed to “the chicks’ll scream,” and “she’s a really pussy wagon” is now “she’s a real dream wagon.” “It’s going to be a very family-friendly show, but with the appropriate edge that it needs to have,” said [executive producer Marc] Platt. (Via)

And “you know that ain’t no sh*t, we’ll be getting lots of tit” has been changed to “you know that ain’t no joke, drink a Coke.” For the people at Pepsi, that’s hella edgy.

(Via AdWeek)

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