Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Make a Move on Me" by Olivia Newton-John

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0921
Date:  02/13/1982
Debut:  69
Peak:  5
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  It's hard enough for artists to follow up a Top 10 hit, so imagine trying to follow-up one of the biggest hits of the decade. That is what Newton-John had to face after her single "Physical" spent 10 weeks at #1. Luckily, she had another sultry dance-pop tune in her back pocket ready to go and it proved to be a winner when this single reached the Top 10.

ReduxReview:  While "Physical" was certainly a terrific pop-culture touchstone song, I always preferred this song. It's just a well-written tune that was perfect for Newton-John and her new sexy pop image. Although steeped in 80's synths, the song still sounds great and the hook is undeniable. I think it is one of her best singles.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Producer/publisher Don Kirshner had many successes including his work securing music for the early days of The Monkees. After his success with them, he decided to assemble his own group and a film/soundtrack were developed for a group called Toomorow. Newton-John was selected to be in the group and the soundtrack became her first major recording. The troubled sci-fi production, also called "Toomorow," was finished and shown for a week in 1970, but then shelved. The soundtrack was released, but with the film failing, it got nowhere. The Toomorow band/project then collapsed and everyone went their own ways. While the film has seen one very sub-par transfer to DVD in 2012, the soundtrack was revived from the master tapes and issued on CD on 2/4/2014.


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