Addicted to Love (song)

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"Addicted to Love"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Riptide
A-side"Addicted to Love"
B-side"Remember to Remember"
ReleasedJanuary 1986
Format7", 12"
Recorded1985
GenrePop rock, dance-rock
Length6:01 (album version)
4:04 (single version)
LabelIsland
Writer(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Bernard Edwards
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Riptide"
(1986)
"Addicted to Love"
(1986)
"Hyperactive"
(1986)
 
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"Addicted to Love"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Riptide
A-side"Addicted to Love"
B-side"Remember to Remember"
ReleasedJanuary 1986
Format7", 12"
Recorded1985
GenrePop rock, dance-rock
Length6:01 (album version)
4:04 (single version)
LabelIsland
Writer(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Bernard Edwards
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Riptide"
(1986)
"Addicted to Love"
(1986)
"Hyperactive"
(1986)

"Addicted to Love" is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. The song has become known as his signature song, thanks in part to a highly popular video featuring high fashion models.[1] Other artists have released versions since.

It is the third song on Palmer's Riptide album. The most commonly heard version runs around four minutes, but the full album version runs a little over six minutes.

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986. The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It even made the Top 10 of Billboard's Soul Chart. It was one of the last 45 RPM singles to receive a million-selling Gold certification. It also reached number one in Australia, and number five on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

Originally intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan, the song was made without her because her record company at the time would not grant her a release to work on Palmer's label, Island Records. Chaka Khan, however, is still credited for the vocal arrangements in the album liner notes.

Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (and a bandmate of Palmer's from The Powerstation) provides lead guitar. The other guitar part on the song is played by Eddie Martinez[2] and keyboards by Wally Badarou. The song is also notable for its unaccompanied drum opening, which has a time signature of 7/4. The rest of the song is in common 4/4 time.

Noddy Holder (the lead vocalist of English rock band Slade) stated in an interview that this song was the main track he wished he'd written himself. "The one main song that I wish that I'd written and recorded is 'Addicted to Love' by Robert Palmer. To me, that's a perfect pop song. Everything about it really hits the nail on the head."[3]

Music video[edit]

Palmer breaks into the song live

The music video, directed by British photographer Terence Donovan[4] was one of the most iconic of the era. The video features Palmer performing with an abstract "band", being a group of models whose pale skin, heavy makeup, dark hair and seductive, rather robot-like expression follow the style of women in Patrick Nagel paintings.

The models in the video are (from left to right) Julie Pankhurst (keyboards), Patty Kelly (guitar lhs), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar rhs) and Julia Bolino (guitar far rhs) with Kathy Davies at the back on drums.[5]

Mak Gilchrist recalled to Q magazine:

“I was 21 and got the part on the strength of my modelling book. We were meant to look and 'act' like showroom mannequins. Director Terence Donovan got us tipsy on a bottle of wine but as we were having our make-up retouched, I lost balance on my heels and knocked the top of my guitar into the back of Robert’s head, and his face then hit the microphone."[6]

Palmer recycled the video's "iconic models" concept for the videos of three other songs of his : "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" (also from Riptide), "Simply Irresistible" and the animated "Change His Ways" (both from Heavy Nova).

VH1's Pop-Up Video trivia about the video include the fact that a musician was hired to teach the models basic guitar fingering techniques, but "gave up after about an hour and left". The episode also pointed out several choreographic errors, including the models moving out of sync with one another, and moving during points with no back beat, such as the second chorus.

The music video ranked at number 3 on VH1's Top 20 Videos of the 1980s and was both the first and last video shown on long running UK music programme The Chart Show.

The models were also used in the spoof of the video in Weird Al Yankovic's UHF wearing glasses and moustaches.

The music video was parodied in the music video of Stardust's Music sounds better with you.

Chart performance[edit]

Tina Turner version[edit]

"Addicted to Love (Live)"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Tina Live in Europe
B-side"Overnight Sensation" (Live), "Legs" (Live)
Released1988
Format7" single
12" single
GenreRock
Length5:10 (single mix)
LabelCapitol
Writer(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)John Hudson
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Nutbush City Limits (Live)"
(1988)
"Addicted To Love" (Live)
(1988)
"Tonight (Live)"
(1988)

Tina Turner has made "Addicted to Love" a regular feature of her live shows since 1986, although her version did not make it onto the market until 2 years later.

A live recording from the 1986/1987 Break Every Rule Tour of the track was included on her Tina: Live in Europe album in 1988, and was also issued as the lead single to promote the album in certain territories – instead of "Nutbush City Limits" – and was a Top 20 hit in the Netherlands.

The two singles had the same B-sides: live recordings of "Overnight Sensation" and ZZ Top's "Legs" and near identical picture sleeves. The version of "Addicted to Love" issued on the single was in fact an alternate mix of the track; the single mix was later included on the European editions of her 1991 greatest hits album Simply the Best, as well as All the Best in 2004 and Tina!: Her Greatest Hits in 2008.

Official versions[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Charts (1988)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19]23
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[20]29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21]19
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[22]28
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[23]32
Spain (AFYVE)69
UK (Official Charts Company)[24]71

Other cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

Parodies[edit]

Song parodies include:

Film parodies include:

Television parodies include:

Influences on other music videos[edit]

The video has either influenced or been parodied by other music videos including:

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer -- #10". Chicago Tribune
  2. ^ Matt Blackett (1 February 2004). "Myspace". Guitar Player Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Straight From His Own Gob - Noddy Holder interviewed by Andrew Darlington". Soundchecks.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Telling it how it really was". Guardian.co.uk. The Guardian. 15 March 1999. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Girl in the Video: “Addicted to Love” (1986)" . Retrieved 24 July 2013
  6. ^ "Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer". Songfacts. Tonemedia.com. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australia n°1 Hits - 80's". Worldcharts.co.uk. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Addicted To Love - ROBERT PALMER". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 44, No. 7, May 10, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Addicted to love"
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  15. ^ "ADDICTED TO LOVE - Robert Palmer". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. John Samson. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Robert Palmer". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c "Riptide awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tina Turner – Addicted To Love (Live)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Addicted To Love - TINA TURNER". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Tina - Addicted To Love Live search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tina Turner – Addicted To Love (Live)" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  23. ^ "ADDICTED TO LOVE - Tina Turner". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Tina Turner". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  25. ^ Bradley Torreano. "The Whitey Album review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Addicted to Love – Single by Florence + The Machine". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 

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The Video Models

Preceded by
"Kiss" by Prince and the Revolution
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
3 May 1986
Succeeded by
"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
23 June 1986 – 30 June 1986
Succeeded by
"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" by Samantha Fox