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Olivia Newton-John – Physical (France 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 26th, 2013


A. Front

Happy Birthday Olivia!

Re-Rip Newly Remastered + Bonus Track!

Originally I posted this one on May 4, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!


 physical“Physical” is a song by Australian recording artist Olivia Newton-John for her twelfth studio album Physical. It was released in September 1981, by MCA Records as the lead single from the project. The song was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, who originally intended to offer it to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, while production was handled by John Farrar.

The song was an immediate success, shipping 2 million copies in the United States, being certified Platinum, and spending 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately becoming Newton-John’s biggest American hit. The song reached number 7 on the UK chart in November. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and won the Billboard Award for Top Pop Single. “Physical” went on to become the biggest-selling single of the entire decade in the US.

Recorded in early 1981, it first rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in America in November 1981 and stayed there for 10 weeks, until near the end of January 1982. In terms of chart placement, it was the most popular single of her career in the U.S., as well as her final number-one (to date). Billboard ranked it as the number one pop single of 1982 (since the chart year for 1982 actually began in November 1981), and it was also the most successful song on the Hot 100 during the entire decade of the 1980s. The famous guitar solo is performed by Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather.

“Physical” was both preceded and followed in the #1 chart position by recordings of the duo Hall & Oates. “Private Eyes” yielded its top spot to “Physical” in November 1981, and “Physical” yielded to “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” the following January. “Physical” held “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner at #2, off the top of the Hot 100 for nine weeks, and “I Can’t Go For That” held Foreigner’s hit at #2 for the tenth and final week.

The single, slightly edgier than she had been known for in the past (such as her songs from Grease and her country-pop ballad “I Honestly Love You”), proved to be immensely popular both in America and in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that the song was censored and even banned by some radio stations; due to its sexual content, for example the line: “There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally”, in spite of Newton-John’s status as the reigning queen of soft-rock music at the time, “Physical” peaked at only number twenty-nine on the AC chart (its follow-up, the slightly softer-edged “Make a Move on Me,” found more acceptance at AC radio and went to number six AC as well as number five pop.) The song was a big dance hit, crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart peaking at #28 there, and spawned a music video.

The music video was directed by Brian Grant.

The video featured a lusty Olivia, dressed in a tight leotard, as a gym teacher trying to make several overweight men healthy. She repeatedly tries to make the men lose weight, but her plans fail and she leaves the room to take a shower. Suddenly, the men work out on their own, and they transform into muscular attractive men. In one part, one muscular man glances at his overweight self. Olivia is shocked when she sees this, and starts to flirt with them. At the end, two of the men secretly go out, holding hands, implying they are gay. Olivia is surprised to see this, and so she and one of the overweight men play tennis. The gym setting may have been partly an attempt to divert attention from the overt sexual connotations of the term “physical”. This was further emphasized by the twist comedy ending of the video, when the transformed men who are now oblivious to Newton-John’s advances are ultimately revealed to be gay (this was also a source of controversy; MTV frequently cut the ending when it aired the video, and the sometimes sensuous nature of the video also led to it being banned outright by some broadcasters in Canada and the United Kingdom).

The Olivia Physical video (where “Physical” music video was included) won a Grammy Award for Video of the Year in 1983. The video was featured on Pop-Up Video on VH1 and was the first video to air on Beavis and Butt-Head, on which they changed the channel to “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones.

A Newton-John duet with Jane Lynch aired on the “Bad Reputation” episode of the television series Glee on May 4th, 2010 on the FOX television network in the US. Newton-John and Lynch recreated the songs music video for the episode. This version charted at #89 in 2010.

Released only in France and Mexico this 12″ contains the only official “Long Version” of “Physical”. As a bonus I included the “Extended Live Version” of “Physical” which was released as the b-side of the “I Honestly Love You” UK 12″ re-issued in 1983 to promote the album “Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2”. “Physical” was recorded live during Olivia’s 1982 Let’s Get Physical World Tour.

Physical (Special Disco Mix) 7:04
Written By – Steve Kipner , Terry Shaddick

The Promise (The Dolphin Song) 4:30
Written By- Olivia Newton-John

Physical (Extended Live Version) (Bonus Track) 7:33
Written By- Steve Kipner , Terry Shaddick
Recorded Live In Concert 1982

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1981 Physical U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1 (10 Weeks)
1981 Physical U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #28
1981 Physical U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #29
1981 Physical U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #22
Year Single Chart Position
1982 Physical U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Year End #1
1980-89 Physical U.S. Billboard Hot 100 End Of decade #1


Label:Pathé Marconi EMI, EMI – 2C 052 52904 Z
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: France
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Pop Rock, Synthpop
Credits: Producer – John Farrar
Mixed By – David J. Holman
Photography – Herb Ritts

Original version appears on the MCA album:

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25 Responses to “Olivia Newton-John – Physical (France 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    A week of re-rips! Just great.
    A few more re-rips next week, please!


  2. music_fan Says:

    Is this song proof of time travel?!

    Check out the song lyrics at 31 seconds to 34 seconds:

    “I took you to an internet restaurant…”

    An online restaurant? In 1981?

    Wow! This is 100 percent proof the songwriter went forward in time!!!

    Or… er.. the word “intimate” just sounds like “internet”. But I’m sticking with my time travel theory! 😛 😛


    Mike.MB Reply:

    i think it’s “intimate”, not internet…lol…:D

    I didn’t know Physical had a 7-minute version…just awesome, DJ Paul :)…


    The Doctor Reply:

    It’s definitely “intimate”, not “internet.” We barely even had dial-up BBSes in 1981, let alone the internet! 😛


  3. Spring Says:

    Thank you very much dear Paul!
    Happy Birthday to one of the greatest female singers of all time.
    Happy 65 dear Livvy!!! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring. Yes lovely Livvy is 65 today but she doesn’t look the part and she is still going strong 🙂


  4. JonEthin Says:

    Hi Paul,
    Bet you could not wait to get this one on your platter… As long as I have been collecting 12: singles, I have never heard the long version of this tune… Thank you.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JonEthin 🙂


  5. John Says:

    Thanks for reposting this one!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome John 🙂


  6. Jermajesty Says:


    Do you know the Sophie Ellis-Bextor version of this?

    Don’t know if she’s that big in the US? Think you’d like her in general, got a pretty distinctive voice. I’m not mad on her, but when she hits, she hits.

    Her version’s a little stripped down, I like it as an alternative, though obv nothing can beat Olivia’s original.

    Apart from maybe the Revolting Cocks’ version. 😀 They’d (for some reason) already changed the music, but on release they got threatened with a lawsuit so had to change the words too. So now we have a cover version that bears absolutely no resemblance to the original song. Brilliant. 😀 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have heard of her but not really familiar with her music. Think she is a little bland for my taste. I know that Victor willis Village People lead singer covered it as well as Kylie and Goldfrapp. But none as great as Olivia’s version 🙂


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Ooh, not heard the Goldfrapp version, will go check it out. 🙂


  7. ric Says:

    Ooooh, another ace re-rip, Paul!
    Thanks for the 24 bit for the first time too!
    I was so happy when this single spent 10 weeks atop the Hot 100, it was quite the feat back then.
    I anticipated another #1 smash when Make A Move On Me leapt from #39 to #19 in one week. Sadly, it peaked at #5.
    I had my hopes up again later that year when Heart Attack pounced from #39 to #13 in a week. Again, I was let down, as that eventually missed the top spot by two slots.
    Back in the 80s such huge moves in the US were uncommon. And it goes to show the immediate interest in Olivia’s new music upon release.
    Happy Birthday Lovely Livvy!


    Dan Reply:

    I remember that well. I think “Heart Attack” was stuck at #3 for 4 weeks, and I was also disappointed it didn’t go to #1. I was even more surprised that the follow-up single, “Tied Up’, barely cracked the Top 40 and peaked at #38. It basically had the same kind of vibe as “Heart Attack” (although with a slower groove), so I can’t understand why it wasn’t a bigger hit.

    Also, I know Billboard is usually the most referred-to reference source where charts are concerned, but there used to be another industry magazine called Radio & Records (usually referred to as R&R Magazine) and believe it or not, “Physical” actually peaked at #2 in those charts (2 weeks at #2 behind Foreigner’s “Waiting For A Girl Like You”), and “Make A Move On Me” went to #1!

    And again, Happy Birthday, Olivia!


    ric Reply:

    Yes, Heart Attack was behind Up Where We Belong, Who Can It Be Now, Truly and Gloria in various pairings for the 4 weeks.
    I remember the R&R magazine! If I’m not wrong, I think the R&R tabulates only airplay while Billboard factors in single sales too. Hence the different chart placings.
    So was Foreigner #1 for 10 weeks on R&R? LOL!


  8. ex15 Says:

    I never knew this existed, it’s one of my all time favourite tracks.

    Can’t wait to hear it!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Ex15 🙂


  9. Jan Says:

    Definitely my favourate Olivia track ever and it deserved all the success it got! I still remember when it entered the South African Top 20 singles sales chart (think #15)and sure the album also charted in the Top 20. The South African release had the “offensive” “horizontal” verse edited out on the 7″ vinyl. How the times have changed..lol. Still a great song in 2013, I also liked the (Belgian?)2003 remix. Other artists should’ve left this song alone, it belongs to Olivia Newton-John and nobody else! Make a move on me was a great song too and I also hoped that it would’ve charted higher. Strangely enough Heart Attack was by far the biggest hit in South Africa of the 3 but my least favourate. Thanks for the share, Paul! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for all of the info from South Africa. I’ll have to try and track down that 7″. I love “Heart Attack” it’s on my top five of Olivia favorites 🙂


    Jermajesty Reply:

    The word ‘horizontally’ is such an odd, clumsy technical word to put into a pop song. It shouldn’t work, but it does soooo well. I think it’s the way she draws it out, and also the unexpected use of it. And obvioulsy the suggestiveness helps. 😀


  10. ozboyfromphx Says:

    hi DjPaulT,i must say i love this place,and when i get a friend with a card im donating, you kick ass….
    i just have a question, what font is used on that Olivia single? please help..


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ozboy. You know I have often wondered that myself about that font. I have searched and never been able to find it. There is a web site called WhatTheFont! where you can submit an image of the font and it will try to detect what font it is.


    ozboyfromphx Reply:

    thanks i’ll look into that…


  11. David Says:

    I too fell in love with Olivia as a child seeing “Grease” in the theater with my mom. After that I was obsessed. tracked down all of her albums on vinyl when I in high school. Still love her to this day. Have the Japan remasters of all of her 80’s albums. Listening to Olivia is such a joy!

    Thanks for this!

    Is there an extended version for “Make A Move on Me”?


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