Because It’s Tuesday, You Need a Death Metal Version of “You’re the One That I Want”

I hate this song with a passion–and for good reason. When “You’re the One That I Want” first became a hit, I was working the grill at a fast food place/pool hall in my tiny Canadian prairie hometown. The women in the place insisted that the radio above the grill was tuned to one of Winnipeg’s three Top 40 stations, each of which was blaring this Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta song every 75 minutes at its peak (I timed it). That meant in a six-hour shift, I was guaranteed to be subjected to it at least four times. Ugh.

Ugh. Even today, the song conjures PTSD-like symptoms that involves the smell of onion rings bubbling in week-old grease.

Today, though, Tom (via Guitar World) has found a version of the song that I can almost tolerate. If only death metal had been around in the 70s…


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Because It’s Tuesday, You Need a Death Metal Version of “You’re the One That I Want”

  • April 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Nope still sucks 🙂


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