This Christmas, everything is coming up Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen. Or, if you prefer, whoever the two characters were that John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John played in “Two of a Kind.”
Travolta and Newton-John announced in a press release that they have officially reunited for the first time in nearly 30 years to give us “This Christmas,” an album filled with holiday songs crooned by the twosome who, via their starring roles in “Grease,” convinced a generation that all great love stories end when a bad boy and a chick in hot pants cruise off in a flying car. As Vulture has already noted, “This Christmas” truly is a gift, as the album cover makes abundantly, hall-deckingly clear. (I’m so confused. Per “Grease,” which taught me everything I know about everything, I was certain that Travolta did not like tea . . . or parents.)
What songs are featured on “This Christmas,” which is due out in November and really should have been called “A Very Zuko Christmas”? For starters, a track called “I Think You Might Like It,” which was written by frequent Newton-John collaborator John Farrar and is being dubbed the official sequel to “You’re the One That I Want,” according to the press release. (I hope this means Newton-John and Travolta make a music video in which they both hop back into the Shake Shack while wearing Santa suits.)
Some major stars also make cameo appearances on the album, including Barbra Streisand, Kenny G and Cliff Richard. Do you understand the significance of that last detail? Cliff Richard — who sang “Suddenly,” the love theme from “Xanadu,” with Newton-John — will sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with ONJ and Travolta, who sang together in “Grease.”
THE OLIVIA NEUTRON-BOMB IN MY HEAD JUST EXPLODED.
A portion of the proceeds from the CD’s sales will go to two charities: the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre and the Jett Travolta Foundation. Which is really nice and should make you feel terrible if you say something snarky in the comments about that album cover.
But, you know, you probably will. In the spirit of Christmas.