51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 17: Olivia Newton-John – Physical

Last week, my featured song took us to the world of cinema. This week, get your leotards and sweatbands ready and come and do some exercise with me down at the gym. Tempted? No? Just wait until you see the video.

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I gave up going to the gym many years ago. I hated going and, one day, asked myself why I was going? A change of portion sizes and doing exercises I enjoyed far more, meant me losing a stone in weight. Goodbye gym, hello the new Hugh. Let’s have a look at this week’s featured song. Oh, just a warning, some of you may like to sit down before watching. (I needed a large sherry).

Released in 1981, and originally written for Rod Stewart (seriously?), Physical was given to Olivia Newton- John to perform. It went on to become her most successful song in the U.S.A, where it enjoyed ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Peaking at number one in another five countries, including Austrailia, New Zealand and Canada, us Brits only bought enough copies to propel the song to number seven! I guess we didn’t like going to the gym as much as the rest of the world.

The song was banned by some radio stations because of some of its ‘suggestive’ lyrics! “There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally” (See what I mean? *shaking head*). The video was also banned in some countries because of its ‘suggestive’ nature. I guess you can’t always win, but that did not stop Olivia having a lot of fun! Probably, a little ahead of its time, the video was one of the first music videos to feature a great twist!

What shocked me most of all was what Olivia was doing to those guys! I’m not sure she’d get away with it in today’s world, but I bet she can still perform all those stretches and actions.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. Some of you are indeed building up an excellent playlist of music which you can play at your New Year’s Eve party. Thank you to Ruth, Marie, and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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