More Than Physical

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"More Than Physical"
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Single by Bananarama
from the album True Confessions
Released11 August 1986[1]
Format7" single, 12" single
RecordedMarch 1986
Length5:05 (Album Version)
3:21 (Single Mix Version)
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Sara Dallin
Siobhan Fahey
Keren Woodward
Stock Aitken Waterman
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Bananarama singles chronology
"More Than Physical"
"A Trick of the Night"

"More Than Physical" is a song written and performed by English girl group Bananarama. It was one of two tracks on the group's True Confessions album produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) trio instead of Jolley & Swain. The album version of the song is different from the single version.

In order to capitalize on the number-one success of previous single "Venus" (the other True Confessions track produced by SAW), "More Than Physical" was given a Hi-NRG-influenced make-over to sound similar to the dance-oriented chart-topper.

Despite heavy exposure on MTV, "More Than Physical" did not duplicate the success of "Venus", stalling at number forty-one on the UK singles chart[2] and number seventy-three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[3] It was a top-forty success in Australia, peaking at number twenty-eight on the Kent Music Report chart,[4] and in Ireland, peaking at number twenty-five.[5] Its biggest success was in nightclubs, and "More Than Physical" became a top-five hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.[6]

"More Than Physical" was featured prominently in the 1987 British film Rita, Sue and Bob Too starring Michelle Holmes and Siobhan Finneran. The song is featured in the scene where the girls are babysitting for Bob and Michelle, and they dance around the living room while the video to "More Than Physical" plays on the television.

The bassline of the track is derivative of the 70s disco hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey.

Music video[edit]

The remixed single version's music video further capitalized on Bananarama's new glamorous and sexy visual image by including several well-muscled topless men in a montage of shots of the group members. Some of the shots were made with colored filters, and are juxtaposed with tightly cropped shots of body parts or movements in slow motion. The music video was directed by Peter Care and one of the models in the video is Keren Woodward's then-boyfriend, David-Scott Evans.

Formats and track listings[edit]

UK / USA / Canada / Australia 7" vinyl single

UK: London Records NANA 11 / USA: London Records 886 080-7 / Canada: London Records LDS 232 / Australia: Liberation Records LS-1870

  1. "More Than Physical" 3:18 [7]
    A version very similar to this one is available on the album Bananarama - Master Series
  2. "Scarlett" 4:11
    S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/P. Bishop

+ Some copies came with one of three fold-out posters of Siobhan, Keren or Sarah

2nd UK 7" vinyl single doublepack

London Records NANDP 11

  1. "More Than Physical" 3:18
  2. "Scarlett" 4:11
  3. "Venus" 3:38
  4. "White Train" 3:50
UK 7" vinyl picture disc

London Records NANPD 11

  1. "More Than Physical" (Worldwide Single Version) 3:20
    Also available on the 2007 remastered version of True Confessions
  2. "Venus" (Original Version) 3:38
  3. "Scarlett" 4:11

+ The Original Version of "Venus" is a differently mixed version from the standard 7" version

UK 12" vinyl single

London Records NANX 11

  1. "More Than Physical" (Garage Mix) 8:45
    Also available on the CD album The Twelve Inches of Bananarama
  2. "More Than Physical" (Dub) 4:58
  3. "Scarlett" (Extended Version) 5:20
2nd UK 12" vinyl single - "The Essential Ian Levine Dance Pack"

London Records NANXR 11

  1. "More Than Physical" (Musclebound Mix) 10:00
  2. "Venus" (The Hellfire Mix) 9:20
    Available on the CD album The Greatest Hits Collection
  3. "Scarlett" 4:11
USA 12" vinyl single

London Records 886-080-1

  1. "More Than Physical" (Garage Mix) 8:45
  2. "More Than Physical" (Dub) 4:58
  3. "More Than Physical" (7" Mix) 3:18
Other versions
  1. "More Than Physical" (Album Version) - (5:05)
    Available on True Confessions


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 28
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 38
Irish Singles Chart[5] 25
UK Singles Chart[2] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 73
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play[6] 5
Venezuela Singles Chart[citation needed] 35


  1. ^ "'More Than Physical' advertisement from Smash Hits magazine, 30 July–12 August 1986 edition, page 26". Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Official Charts > Bananarama". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Bananarama > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 25. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  5. ^ a b "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for Bananarama (from". (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Bananarama > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  7. ^ "Bananarama - More Than Physical (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  8. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Bananarama – More Than Physical (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-07-31.

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