Physical Olivia Newton-John
Song Title: Physical
Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Date of release: 28 September 1981
Description: ” Physical ” is by Olivia Newton-John, the British-born Australian singer. Written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, the song was taken as the main 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 airplay.
However the song did get a large amount of play via a newly formed 24 hour entertainment channel called MTV and the demand for the song became huge.
In order to disguise the sexual references in the lyrics of ” Physical “, 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 Gays, coupled with the sexual tone this was enough for some broadcasters in Canada ban the video.
Despite some stations banning the song, ” Physical ” went on to become something of an aerobics theme, this type of fitness was just starting to take off at the time. People even started wearing Headbands outside of the gym as a fashion accessory.
The bans on radio and tv helped push the song into the public awareness ( as it so often does ), and so the song became a hit for Olivia.
In the United states, ” Physical ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart and claimed the number one slot in November 1981. The song stayed at the top for ten weeks, into the latter part of January 1982.
This song was to be Olivia’s last number one single in the country to date and certainly her most popular song, also it was to be the Billboard Hot 100 Chart’s most successful for the decade for the length of time spent at number one.
The record buyers in the United Kingdom didn’t quite warm to the song as they did in the US, ” Physical ” could only manage to reach number seven, the song spent six weeks in the top 20 and a total of 16 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