Friday, November 7, 2014

"Landslide" by Olivia Newton-John

Song#:  1068
Date:  06/12/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  52
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Synthpop, Pop

Pop Bits:  This third single from her "Physical" LP couldn't follow the title track (#1) or "Make a Move on Me" (#5) into the Top 10. It stopped mid-chart and, well, took a slide back down. It did better in the UK, where it was issued as the second single. The song peaked at #18. It was then followed by "Make a Move on Me" which reached #52.

ReduxReview:  This was one of my favorites off the "Physical" album. I loved the drum fills and screechy synth. Olivia is not a rocker, but she gave it her best effort here and even got a few grrrs in there for good measure. Of course, her last note is a window-breaking killer. Although quite dated, I still enjoy it.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Newton-John's long-time producer John Farrar released his own self-titled solo album in 1980. It didn't get anywhere, but he recycled two songs from the album for Olivia's "Physical" LP. "Recovery" and "Falling" got new leases on life and became part of her hit album.


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