Remembering her ten week #1 hit during the winter months of 1981-1982. It was hugely popular. Physical was a single, album, music video and on February 9, 1982 an ABC TV special - "Let's Get Physical". I was 9 year old gayling and obsessed with Olivia.
Olivia Newton-John - PHYSICAL
|by Anonymous||reply 73||February 7, 2020 4:22 AM|
Wow, this is a great read on PHYSICAL.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||February 4, 2020 2:28 PM|
I thought she was saying "Let's drink fizzy cola"
What was I thinking?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||February 4, 2020 2:47 PM|
Her career fizzled out after Physical. She never had another big hit or album. But her iconic run with the Xanadu soundtrack and Physical album was a big part of my childhood years.
Madonna came on the scene after Physical and ended Olivia's reign.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||February 4, 2020 4:19 PM|
The video for "Physical" and it's surprise twist gay ending, was so hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||February 4, 2020 4:21 PM|
[quote]Her career fizzled out after Physical. She never had another big hit or album.
Heart Attack went to #3 in the U.S. and Twist of Fate went to #5, both from albums released after Physical.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||February 4, 2020 4:26 PM|
Physical IS a great album!
They so radically changed her image and sound, though, that when that sound went out of style a few years later, her hits dried up.
She really didn't get on the late 80s dance stuff and sort of went back to her older sound - which was fine, but wasn't going to land her on the radio.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||February 4, 2020 4:31 PM|
I thought she was poised for a comeback in 1988 with the Elton John-written and produced single "The Rumour," from the (very good) album of the same name. But the pop parade had passed her by. The single went to #1 in Finland, though, so there's that.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||February 4, 2020 4:38 PM|
R1 thanks for that link. I have always loved this album and really enjoyed this article.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||February 4, 2020 4:41 PM|
She got married, had a family and retired from touring during this period as she put her career on the back burner.
Soul Kiss was barely promoted and both single and album went top forty.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||February 4, 2020 4:46 PM|
R5, Heart Attack and Twist of Fate were not really big hits. They were more like the last gasps of her pop career.
Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released the year after Physical, and then Madonna came on the scene. Olivia's reign was over at that point.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||February 4, 2020 4:46 PM|
[quote]Heart Attack and Twist of Fate were not really big hits. They were more like the last gasps of her pop career.
The Rumour was the last gasp. Per Billboard, Heart Attack and Twist of Fate are the 10th and 11th biggest singles of her career, ahead of such hits as Summer Nights, If You Love Me Let Me Know and Xanadu.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||February 4, 2020 4:53 PM|
Madonna pretty much ended the reign of most of the female performers who were big in the late 70s and early 80s.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||February 4, 2020 4:57 PM|
R12, Madonna was massive, but so were Whitney, Janet Jackson and Tina Turner during this time. They all thrived. And then Mariah came on the scene in the early 90s.
There's always room for more than one King Kong in the music business. Even Prince was as big as Michael Jackson during that time.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||February 4, 2020 5:19 PM|
I love her big hit after Physical “Make A Move On Me”.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||February 5, 2020 12:04 AM|
Never got the appeal of this song. Any track from the Xanadu soundtrack is better than this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||February 5, 2020 12:07 AM|
AGAIN, Olivia put her career on hold to get married and start a family.
Part of the reason her career declined was because of her own doing, as she admitted in her recent autobiography. She wanted to focus on being a wife and managing her own business by the mid 80's. She admits that during this time her music career was not a top priority. She was even considering a full retirement from the music business in the mid 90's.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||February 5, 2020 12:14 AM|
I thought it was very naughty. It came out around the same time as Centerfold by the J. Geils Band, and I was convinced every song was about sex that everybody but me was having.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||February 5, 2020 12:16 AM|
"Physical"...God, what an awful song. It was supposed to SO titillating": "let's get physical, physical, let me hear your body talk"...blech. Little Olivia Newton John trying to be sexy.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||February 5, 2020 12:18 AM|
I wasn’t born yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||February 5, 2020 12:20 AM|
The album cover Madonna ripped off. Both shot by Herb Ritts.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||February 5, 2020 12:20 AM|
I bought the VHS of the PHYSICAL video album in May 1982 and became obsessed with Matt Lattanzi!
PHYSICAL album faves of mine are:
STRANGER'S TOUCH (that guy is HOT in the video, too!)
|by Anonymous||reply 21||February 5, 2020 12:22 AM|
What do I find so appealing in stealing?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||February 5, 2020 12:23 AM|
Such a great song and Olivia is just great. Madonna did end many careers for females but I think Olivia was done just a tad before Madonna. Though a comeback was made more difficult. There were some big females in the 80's but Madonna broke that glass ceiling hard which helped all of them. Madonna selling was out of this world for a long stretch. MJ also took up so much oxygen in the early 80's. Olivia seemed bland after Physical. But it was such a risque' departure for her. I loved it!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||February 5, 2020 12:24 AM|
I loved the voices singing to each other in the choruses.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||February 5, 2020 12:25 AM|
We have some major fans of other diva trolls on this thread (not talking about Madonna fans as they aren't attacking any other female artists).
|by Anonymous||reply 25||February 5, 2020 12:27 AM|
Soul Kiss is a far more bolder album than Physical, with Olivia singing about blow jobs and threesomes and pondering how great a lay she was in a duet with a Beach Boys. It was her Erotica long before the other one released hers.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||February 5, 2020 12:27 AM|
It was so cool to watch Olivia perform this on the 1982 PHYSICAL tour!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||February 5, 2020 12:28 AM|
Speaking of SOUL KISS, this is my favorite from that 1985 album.
Some queen did a great job of taking other videos and making one for this fun song.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||February 5, 2020 12:30 AM|
Olivia could have easily progressed into a more Adult contemporary format in the 80's and been successful at it had she wanted to go that route.
But by that point, MCA didn't seem to know what to do with her. The Rumour is a great album and a great title single, but it's similarity to Elton John's "I Don't want to go on with you like that" released around the same time killed its chances on pop radio.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||February 5, 2020 12:30 AM|
My favourite Olivia song is form Late 1983/Early 1984:
|by Anonymous||reply 30||February 5, 2020 12:32 AM|
I could so see Olivia singing Crazy For You. I like both Madonna and Olivia and would have loved for them to have been big in the later 80's.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||February 5, 2020 12:32 AM|
That hairstyle during her 1982 tour R27 was the epitome of edgy style at that time. I remember being obsessed with it. Of course that scene near the end of the Physical video...I felt so wrong watching it as a repressed young gayling at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||February 5, 2020 12:45 AM|
She looked very butch during the Physical era, which is when the lesbian rumors started.
Do you remember her Koala Blue stores that she opened that sold products from Australia? One opened in my city, but it went out of business after only one year. I bet she lost a fortune when those stores shut down.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||February 5, 2020 1:16 AM|
[quote]She looked very butch during the Physical era, which is when the lesbian rumors started.
No, the rumors started several years earlier, after an appearance on Johnny Carson's show.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||February 5, 2020 1:22 AM|
I thought she would have rode the Grease fame to greater success. Especially after Physical was huge. She just fizzled out whether for family (what a dumb move at the time) or others eclipsed her (namely Madonna's omnipotence and omnipresence).
|by Anonymous||reply 35||February 5, 2020 1:25 AM|
Dancing to "Physical" in a disco in Philadelphia in 1982....good times.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||February 5, 2020 1:49 AM|
Saw her Physical Tour on a gorgeous summer night in Queens NY at the Tennis Stadium. Remember, she was diagnosed with cancer the first time in 92, was really sick and out of commission for a few years that decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||February 5, 2020 2:12 AM|
She introduced this on the Physical Tour and there was dancing in the aisle.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||February 5, 2020 2:16 AM|
I recalled that her career was interrupted during that time because she first became ill, and she needed to get out of the spotlight and take care of that instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||February 5, 2020 2:36 AM|
Well, this happened to her in 1984...
|by Anonymous||reply 40||February 5, 2020 2:41 AM|
When was Magic? I really liked that song and the period for ONJ. I think 1982 right?
That hairstyle at R27 was called the FemmeMullet. All the girls had them in the early to mid-80's. Then after, all the girls looked like poodles.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||February 5, 2020 2:57 AM|
Soul Kiss was a much better album IMO.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||February 5, 2020 3:02 AM|
Here's The Physical Tour in '82. Just her, a band and some back-ups. No twenty dancers, huge sets moving about distracting. Just her singing.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||February 5, 2020 3:49 AM|
r43 Most people have spectacles even back then. Fireworks, gyrating and all that shit. It has nothing to do with talent or lack of.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||February 5, 2020 3:51 AM|
Olivia went through more changes than most artists. She started as a folksy-type singer with her first hit "If Not For You". Then she seemed to go the country route with "Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me, Let Me Know". Then she went pop balladeer with Song of the Year "I Honestly Love You" and "Have You Never Been Mellow". Her image changed with "A Little More Love", which tried to slut-ton her up. Then of course came Grease. The movie Xanadu was a dud, but it gave her the second biggest song of her career "Magic". Of course, then came the 80s, and lots of hits like "Physical", "Heart Attack" "Make A Move On Me" and "Twist Of Fate"
Every once in a while, I watch the YouTube video of Olivia dancing with Gene Kelly in Xanadu. She's pretty good for someone with no experience.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||February 5, 2020 5:08 AM|
I'd hadn't seen the video clip for Physical since its release. The year before last I was in Portugal for a holiday and one of our stops was a couple of days in Fatima. We were having dinner in one of the few restaurants open and they had a TV playing with video clips playing. One of them was Physical - it was so funny seeing the clip again and at Fatima of all places.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||February 5, 2020 5:13 AM|
I thought the lesbian rumors were just based on the Johnny Carson comment until I started reading some of the threads on this board. I wonder if Olivia is bi.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||February 5, 2020 5:18 AM|
R41 Olivia never had the greatest luck with hair. But you're correct, it was popular for a time. I present these two:
|by Anonymous||reply 48||February 5, 2020 8:41 AM|
[quote]Most people have spectacles even back then. Fireworks, gyrating and all that shit. It has nothing to do with talent or lack of.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||February 5, 2020 9:28 AM|
Were any of the studs in Physical well known at the time?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||February 5, 2020 11:04 AM|
R50 They were well known to the director’s back account. Really, I wonder if they were recruited off the set of Cant Stop the Music.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||February 5, 2020 12:43 PM|
Blech, what a hideous era for headbands, lycra, and what a terrible segue from the disco decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||February 5, 2020 12:52 PM|
[quote] The video for "Physical" and it's surprise twist gay ending,
|by Anonymous||reply 53||February 5, 2020 1:48 PM|
Olivia was never a touring force. I doubt she ever made more than $20 million on a tour.
When people pay a lot for a concert ticket, they want a big show. Olivia was fairly boring in concert.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||February 5, 2020 3:03 PM|
She also starred with John Travolta in a movie.
You may have heard of it ....... [italic] Grease ?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||February 5, 2020 3:09 PM|
R41 Magic was 1980 (another huge number 1). Olivia was huge after Grease. Her last top 10 was Twist Of Fate in 1984. It was amazing the staying power of Physical in late 81 early 82. A number 1 song for 10 weeks was kind of rare in those days. I think a lot of fraus bought the single to exercise to it that helped it stay at number 1.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||February 5, 2020 3:19 PM|
One of my favorite songs of hers is A Little More Love.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||February 5, 2020 3:59 PM|
She has a lot of success, considering that she was never much of a singer. Her voice was high pitched and squeaky. Not extremely pleasant to listen to.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||February 5, 2020 9:29 PM|
R58 is Sheena Easton.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||February 5, 2020 9:39 PM|
Very sexy album cover.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||February 5, 2020 9:41 PM|
I sang "The Dolphin Song" for my talent when I competed in the Mr. Gay USA contest. I won, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||February 5, 2020 10:05 PM|
[quote]She has a lot of success, considering that she was never much of a singer. Her voice was high pitched and squeaky. Not extremely pleasant to listen to.
Well the millions who bought her records might not agree.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||February 5, 2020 10:06 PM|
"Well the millions who bought her records might not agree."
It's not unheard of for someone without much singing talent to have a successful career. Ever heard of Madonna?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||February 5, 2020 10:10 PM|
[quote] I sang "The Dolphin Song" for my talent when I competed in the Mr. Gay USA contest. I won, too.
MARY x 1000!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 64||February 5, 2020 10:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 65||February 5, 2020 11:05 PM|
Is this a former love?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||February 5, 2020 11:08 PM|
Even though her big songs were "Magic" and "Physical",I think she was more in her element with ballads like "Sam" and the duet with Cliff Richard "Suddenly".
|by Anonymous||reply 67||February 6, 2020 2:07 AM|
So I just listened to the Physical album for the first time in 35 years. Man, it really aged like milk. Physical is the only good song on the album and the rest is second-rate filler.
Carried Away was a reject from Streisand's Guilty album. I can see why Barbra rejected it.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||February 6, 2020 2:48 AM|
No. "Carried Away" is gorgeous in the right hands.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||February 6, 2020 2:49 AM|
Will a little more love make it right?
|by Anonymous||reply 70||February 6, 2020 2:57 AM|
It gets me nowhere to tell you no, r70.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||February 6, 2020 11:24 AM|
Physical was never one of my favorites. I don't know if because it was played to death in my youth or what. I much prefer the jazzercise anthem Twist of Fate or the VERY underrated Tied Up. I even prefer Soul Kiss to Physical.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||February 7, 2020 4:21 AM|
Do you prefer "Toughen Up"?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||February 7, 2020 4:22 AM|