1. lengthy prog rock/hard rock tune by the Canadian band Rush. I think it refers to a classic piece of lit called "Kubla Khan", don't quote me on this.
2. one of the most wretchedly godawful movies ever made. An absolute waste of time, film, money and effort. It was a total dud and a bomb during the summer of 1980. The story line was unbelievably stupid. It was possibly the worst movie ever released to public cinemas until that exalted status was taken by "Sibling Rivalry" ten years later. It starred the Aussie Olivia Newton-John as a "muse", can U dig it? But it gets worse from there, much worse. About the best thing about this flick is the historical fact that the action that occured during the music clips foretold the emergence of MTV the following year. The soundtrack ain't too bad, however. Olivia scored a big hit with "Magic", another one with "Suddenly" (with Cliff Richard), and the title track with the "Electric Light Orchestra". ELO also scored high with their own "I'm Alive" and "All Over the World". Despite the embarrassment that this shitty movie placed upon them, ELO and Olivia would go on further into their music careers with even more success.
1. When I saw Rush on their "30th Anniversary Tour" in 2004 they played a wide spectrum of classics, including "Xanadu".
2. I first saw Xanadu on TV at my grandparents' house one summer a few years after that movie first came out. A complete piece of trash. Olivia herself would later star in another flick, "Two of a Kind", with John Travolta again. It too was an utter pile of puke. My roomate commented on Olivia's nice ass. That was the best thing you could say about that one.
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