Song of the Week: “Physical” by Julianna Hatfield

by Douglas Cowie on 27 April 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Physical” by Juliana Hatfield:

Physical” was a huge hit for erstwhile Greaser Olivia Newton-John in 1981, a time when your correspondent was far too young to really understand what Olivia meant about getting physical. In 1993, “Spin the Bottle,” a song with one of the greatest rhymes in pop/rock history, was a hit for erstwhile Blake Baby Juliana Hatfield (or, well, technically, The Juliana Hatfield Three, but anyway), a time when your correspondent was just the right age to understand what Juliana meant about five minutes in the closet with you (with me? No.). In 2018, Juliana Hatfield has released an album called Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, and the long-awaited moment where your correspondent understands life* and both these songs in one place has arrived.  Thanks, Juliana!

*Your correspondent understands almost nothing about life.

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