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Love Is in the Air
by John Paul Young

"Australian Anthems"
by Clem Bastow, Guardian Online Music
Monday 9 February 2015

Call it my "Sliding Doors" moment: in 1992 my mother and I went to Greater Union cinema on Russell Street, Melbourne, to see Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin in "Housesitter". As it turned out, that evening's sessions of the 'screwball' hit were sold out, so we took a punt instead on the newly released "Strictly Ballroom".

By the time John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air" played the film off, I was weeping hysterically - a response I still enjoy to this day - and convinced this was a new classic. As it turned out, I was correct: the film went on to be a box office smash, and is still perhaps the most successful crystallisation of Baz Luhrmann's particular vision (if only he'd had just $3m a movie to play with for the rest of his career).

My disappointment at not having been able to see "Housesitter" evaporated instantly over a fistful of rapidly melting compound chocolate and ice cream as soon as the "Blue Danube" fired up and Scott and Liz walked through those glass doors and into the 'Southern Districts Waratah Championships'.

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

[ Read the whole article at: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/10/love-is-in-the-air-by-john-paul-young-slightly-daggy-dreamy-disco-love-ballad ]

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