I’ve spent my life hating Olivia Newton John’s 1981 hit “Physical” for no good reason.
I had a reason, mind you. Just not a good one.
“Physical” held the longest run at number one on the Billboard chart for the majority of my childhood. Ten weeks, as Casey Casem would remind us on his countdown any time a song strung together multiple weeks at number one.
Not just any ten weeks. Ten weeks starting the year I was born.
I was eight or nine years old, and I hated this Olivia character. I had seen her weird Happy Days hair on the cover of the VHS of Grease. Why should her silly song with its antiquated video of prancing fat people hold the record when newer, more relevant luminaries like Michael Jackson or Madonna were clearly more deserving. [Read more…] about 30 for 30 Project, 1981: “Physical” – Olivia Newton John