The number one song in America this week back in 1982 was Physical by Olivia Newton-John. The song spent 10 weeks at the top spot from November 21, 1981 to January 23, 1982. It was also Billboard’s number one song of the year as well as being the top song of the decade.
Physical was Newton-John’s biggest hit. It was her fifth and final #1 on the Hot 100. The song also reached the top spot in five other countries. It was also a cross over hit and went to #28 on the American R&B charts.
The song was originally intended for Rod Stewart. It was also offered to Tina Turner who took a pass on it. With its suggestive lyrics and controversial music video, Physical forever changed the squeaky clean image that Newton-John has had since bursting on the music scene in the early seventies.
MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is the first video ever played on MTV, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
The song was recorded in 1979 for their debut album, The Age of Plastic. The single went to #1 in sixteen countries. The song only went to #40 in the United States.
The Buggles were a two-man group featuring keyboardist Geoffrey Downes and bassist and lead vocalist, Trevor Horn. After the release of The Age of Plastic, both members joined the legendary progressive rock band Yes. They performed on the album Drama. and performed on the promotional tour for the record as well. The group disbanded in 1981, and Downes joined fellow Yes member Steve Howe, John Wetton of King Crimson, and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to form the supergroup, Asia. Horn went on to produce such acts as ABC, Frankie Goes to Holywood and Seal. He was also a member of the group The Art of Noise.
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