Addicted to Love (song)

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This article is about Robert Palmer song. For other uses, see Addicted to Love (disambiguation).
"Addicted to Love"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Riptide
A-side "Addicted to Love"
B-side "Remember to Remember"
Released January 1986
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, hard rock, dance-rock
Length 6:01 (album version)
4:04 (single version)
Label Island
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 Top Rock Tracks 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 (which uses the shorter single version of this song), 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" and in Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!".

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
23 June 1986 – 30 June 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" by Samantha Fox
Preceded by
"Kiss" by Prince & The Revolution
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
3 May 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys
US Cash Box number-one single
26 April 1986 – 3 May 1986 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"All the King's Horses" by The Firm
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks number-one single
22 March 1986 – 29 March 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Why Can't This Be Love" by Van Halen

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)
Released 1988
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Rock
Length 5:10 (single mix)
Label Capitol
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 two 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! in 2008.

Official versions[edit]

  • Tina Live in Europe album mix – 5:22
  • Single Mix – 5:10

Peak positions[edit]

Charts (1988) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[26] 23
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[27] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 28
Poland (LP3)[30] 32
Spain (AFYVE)[citation needed] 69
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[31] 71

Other cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • Van Halen was seen warming up with the song on the MTV documentary, "Van Halen Unleashed." They also performed the first verse of the song within their pre-recorded performance of "Best Of Both Worlds" during the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. When the full concert was released on home video under the title Live Without A Net, "Addicted To Love" was removed, thus is exclusive to the televised broadcast of the awards show.
  • Rod Stewart played the song live at Albert Hall as a part of a medley with Some Guys Have All The Luck.
  • Girl group Kandy Rain performed the song on the first live show of The X Factor in 2009.
  • Contestant Norbert L. Király performed the song on the third live show of the Hungarian version of X-Faktor on 30 October 2010.
  • Contestant Wagner performed the song on the eighth live show of the seventh season of UK version of the X Factor on 27 November 2010.
  • Contestant Curtis Grimes performed a country version of the song on the first season of The Voice.
  • Contestant Cat Vas performed the song on the first live show of the fifth season of Australia version of the X Factor on the 25 August 2013.
  • Contestants Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton performed the song on the second live show of the third season of The X Factor on 14 November 2013.

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]

  • The song was heard in the 1986 cult film Dangerously Close, and 2004 documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know!?".
  • Geena Davis portrayed one of the models in a 1989 Saturday Night Live skit, The Robert Palmer Bunch, depicting the girls living with Robert Palmer in suburbia. Palmer was played by Phil Hartman.
  • The video was parodied in a dream sequence of Dr. Joel Fleischman in the 1991 TV series Northern Exposure episode "Spring Break".
  • ABC radio (Japan) Program "ABC ACID Eiga-kan"(ABC ACID CINEMA) OP theme 1993–2009.
  • The 2006 Super Bowl spot of the TV series Lost featured an edited version of the video with inserted images of the show's first and second seasons and modified lyrics that changed the word "love" for "Lost" (hence the title, "Addicted to Lost").
  • Emerald Nuts used the "Addicted to Love" girls in a TV Commercial.
  • Ring of Honor wrestler Rhett Titus has begun using the song as his entrance theme.
  • A small scene of the video was used in the 2009 movie Watchmen by Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias in his multi-screen room.
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday 29 January 2010, 12:35 am, opened with Craig Ferguson dressed as one of the models and Rosie O'Donnell in the Robert Palmer role, lip-synching "Addicted to Love".
  • Skylar Grey's version of this song is in the preview for the 2014 movie Endless Love.
  • The song was used in a scene of the movie Cocktail with Tom Cruise.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Blackett, Matt (1 February 2004). Guitar Player Magazine Interview at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 January 2013). Guitar Player. Myspace. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Straight From His Own Gob – Noddy Holder interviewed by Andrew Darlington". Soundchecks. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Telling it how it really was". The Guardian. 15 March 1999. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Girl in the Video: “Addicted to Love” (1986)".
  6. ^ "Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer". Songfacts. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
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  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Addicted to Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
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  25. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1986 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tina Turner – Addicted To Love (Live)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  27. ^ "Addicted To Love – TINA TURNER" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Tina - Addicted To Love Live search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
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  33. ^ "Addicted to Love – Single by Florence + The Machine". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 

External links[edit]

The Video Models