Morning Aural: Olivia Newton-John
We’ve forgotten how ridiculous Olivia Newton-John gets in this video for “Physical”. She’s pretty nutty, but it’s worth it for the 80’s-era hunks, who, of course, end up being gay. Actually, this video may be one of our first same-sex desires. Thanks, Olivia!

After the jump: “Magic”!

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  • hells kitchen guy

    It’s a very witty takeoff on the Howard Hawks’ directed “Ain’t there anyone here for love” number from the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” with O N-J doing Jane Russell. and yes, the men are hot — more classically sculpted than the “hot” guys now.

  • KJ

    I’ve loved me the Olivia since 1973, but “Physical” was my least favorite song of hers. She certainly was way ahead of her time including a gay ending to the video.

    Time has gone by; she’s now 59 and has just released a beautiful Christmas CD.

  • ProfessorVP

    If you didn’t know, Olivia is a lesbian. She married her beard, a handsome younger lad (then) named Matt Lattanzi. He was gorgeous but had a girly voice that couldn’t be fixed. She used him in a 70s TV special, and then he got a part in the early 80s film “Where the Boys Are” remake, and his career fell over the edge of the earth. Also he lost his hair. During the making of Grease, Oliva and Travolta did everything but fuck on the hood of a limo to promote their showmance. Much, much later Olivia admitted they were “just good friends.”

  • KJ

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Professor VP, but I trust that your tongue is firmly planted in cheek. You have enough factual information in your comment as to seem almost believable.

    From the Dallas Observer 2004:

    These days, lesbianism is so hot that Madonna would probably fist Britney Spears on the MTV Video Music Awards if they’d let her. But Olivia Newton-John didn’t court rumors of homosexuality; they just happened, and it turned out to be a terrific boon to her career. Back when she appeared on Johnny Carson in the ’70s, Olivia naïvely said she had “more girlfriends than boyfriends.” It kick-started a long-standing rumor that she was homosexual, making her beloved in the lesbian and gay community (which probably would have embraced her anyway, given her role in Xanadu, perhaps the queeniest movie of all time). She playfully tweaked the rumor by playing a lesbian in the 2000 film Sordid Lives.

  • ProfessorVP

    KJ, I care if you believe me like I care if Bush gets a painful hemorrhoid. It has absolutely nothing to do with the silly Carson interview.

    But for others who are interested:

    Big newsflash: it was more lucrative in the 70s and 80s to be perceived as hetero in show business. Same as now.

  • click

    Just wanted to say hi, thanks and bye

  • willomina balasco

    It is very common knowledge in ‘the business’ that Olivia is a lesbian,her first marriage to Matt Lattanzi(who is gay) was strictly for PR reasons….

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