” Physical ” is by Olivia Newton-John, the British-born Australian singer. Written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, the song was taken as the lead single from her twelfth album, Physical.
Production for both the single and the album was handled by Olivia’s long-time producer John Farrar, who also wrote the Grease duet ” You’re the One That I Want “.
The song is obviously talking about sex and the physical side to relationships as opposed to the usual emotional aspects; it was to be a new direction for Olivia.
Because of the sexual nature of the lyrics, two radio stations in the US state of Utah banned the single from their playlists.
However, the song did get a significant amount of play via a newly formed 24-hour entertainment channel, MTV, the demand for the song surged as a result of the airtime the station gave the song.
To disguise the sexual references in the lyrics the video was shot using fitness as a theme. Olivia is seen wearing a tight leotard and as a gym teacher gets to work helping overweight men get fit.
Along with references to sex, the video also had a reference to homosexuality, which along with the sexual tone, was enough for some broadcasters in Canada ban the video.
Despite some stations banning the song, ” Physical ” went on to become an aerobics theme, the type of fitness program was starting to take off at the time. People even began wearing Headbands outside of the gym as a fashion accessory.
The bans on radio and TV helped push the song into the public awareness, and so the song became a hit for Olivia.
In the United States, ” Physical ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to reach Number One, in November 1981. The song stayed at the top for ten weeks and into the latter part of January 1982.
The song was to be Olivia’s last chart-topping single in the country to date. Also, it was to be the Billboard Hot 100 Chart’s most successful for the decade, due to the length of time spent at Number One.
In the United Kingdom, ” Physical ” reached number seven, spending six weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 7
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Canada (RPM) 1, Germany (Media Control AG) 4, Ireland (IRMA) 4, Japan (Oricon) 17, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 4, New Zealand (RIANZ) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 15, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Olivianewton-john.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/olivianewtonjohn
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Olivia Newton-John
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