Addicted to Love
So… did Robert Palmer’s mommy not love him enough as a kid? Or was he just this side of being a dirty old man?
Sure, it’s one thing to feature scantily-clad, jiggly women in your music video (hey, it IS the 80s…), but really, Robert? THIS is what you go with?
When “Addicted to Love” hit our ears (and eyes) in the spring of 1986, we knew Mr. Palmer as the lead singer of Power Station, the (in our opinion) better of the two Duran Duran offshoots. “Bang a Gong” and “Some Like It Hot” were both decent hits for the boys, but just as things were getting good, Palmer up and left to go solo.
…and his first single was the hard-driving little ditty that we feature here today.
Written by (the late, great) Palmer, “Addicted to Love” was originally conceived as a duet with Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan, but her label was a bunch of ninnies and wouldn’t let her do it. Bummer for them.
But, really, it all comes back to that iconic video of five, leggy raven-haired beauties attempting (poorly) to air-band behind Palmer. It’s an image so iconic that’s been spoofed countless times (the most famous of which would probably be Shania Twain’s 1999 video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”… but we enjoy the Love Actually shout-out, too).
“Addicted to Love” was Palmer’s one and only #1 hit, staying at the top for only one week in May 1986. But it spent 22 weeks on the charts overall… and it lives today as one of the 80s most, ahem, memorable videos.
Sure, it may have been a little much (even for the 80s), but who are we to judge? It came from our favorite decade, and it was a good song… and that’s good enough for us.
We ♥ Addicted to Love.