Friday, June 8, 2012

It's 10:21 a.m. & 30 Years in the Past


With Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory" still riding high at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending June 12, 1982, let's take a moment to look back at some of the other songs that managed to reach the top slot earlier in the year...before your humble blogger was tracking this stuff.

Our single this week actually ended 1981 as the hit song of the nation and began 1982 the same way.

From the week ending Nov. 21, 1981, through the week ending Jan. 23, 1982, this song was not only No. 1 for 10 weeks, but was also one of the biggest hits of the 80s...


I had never seen that video before. It's...interesting. Some speculate the reason it was set in a gym had to do with diverting the audience away from the overt sexuality of the lyrics, sexuality that had caused some stations to ban it from the airwaves. 

Director Brian Grant shouldn't have bothered. The sexuality is still there in droves.

"Physical" was perhaps the most successful single of Olivia Newton-John's career. It spent 26 weeks on the Hot 100, 10 of those weeks being at No. 1 (six in 1981 and four in 1982). 

However, it was not as popular on the Adult Contemporary chart, nor was it as popular in the UK as it was here in the States.

The content of the song was surprising for many of Newton-John's long-time fans. She was the Queen of Soft Rock, yes, but not the Queen of Sexual Rock. She had previously been known for more...um...virginal songs like...

...and...


...and let's not forget her famous role from this pivotal 70s movie, opposite John Travolta (back when people still believed he was straight)...


The song has since found eternal life in popular culture...







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