Addicted to Love (song)
|"Addicted to Love"|
|Single by Robert Palmer|
|from the album Riptide|
|Robert Palmer singles chronology|
"Addicted to Love" is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It is the third song on Palmer's 1985 album Riptide and was released as its second single. The single version is a shorter edit of the full-length album version.
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. "Addicted to Love" became Palmer's signature song, thanks in part to a popular video featuring high fashion models.
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 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 Power Station) provides lead guitar. The other guitar part on the song is played by Eddie Martinez, while keyboards were played by Wally Badarou. The song is also notable for its opening drum solo by Tony Thompson, another Power Station alumnus.
Noddy Holder (the lead vocalist of English rock band Slade) stated in an interview that this song was the main track he wished he had 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."
The music video (which uses the shorter single version of this song), directed by British photographer Terence Donovan, was one of the most noted of the era. The video features Palmer performing the song with an abstract "band", being a group of female models whose pale skin, heavy makeup, dark hair and seductive, rather mannequin-like expression follow the style of women in Patrick Nagel paintings.
The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums).
Mak Gilchrist recalled to Q:
"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."
In a 2013 interview, when asked why she was designated the drummer and not given a close-up shot, Kathy Davies jokingly replied, "I guess the naughty ones always get sent to the back." Davies added that she did not mind it because she thought Palmer "had a good bum."
Palmer recycled the video's 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 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 the last video shown on long running UK music programme The Chart Show.
In the romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003), written and directed by Richard Curtis, the video for Billy Mack's song, "Christmas Is All Around", is a tribute to "Addicted to Love". The "Addicted to Love" models' blank expression is parodied in the "Christmas Is All Around" video, with the latter's models visibly bored to the point of yawning.
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 videos of Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You," Tone Lōc's "Wild Thing," Mr Blobby's "Mr Blobby", Bowling for Soup's "1985," Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!", Shakira's "Las de la Intuición", Kasey Chambers's "If I Were You", Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl", Die Prinzen's "Alles nur geklaut" and Luca Carboni's "Luca lo stesso".
|1.||"Addicted to Love"||Robert Palmer||3:59|
|2.||"Let's Fall in Love Tonight"||Alan Thompson||4:02|
|1.||"Addicted to Love (12" version)"||Robert Palmer||5:02|
|2.||"Remember to Remember"||Robert Palmer||3:33|
|3.||"You Are in My System (remix)"||David Frank, Mic Murphy||6:05|
Tina Turner version
|"Addicted to Love (Live)"|
|Single by Tina Turner|
|from the album Tina Live in Europe|
|Length||5:10 (single mix)|
|Tina Turner singles chronology|
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. Another live version was included in Tina Live in 2009.
- Tina Live in Europe album mix – 5:22
- Single Mix – 5:10
- Tina Live – 4:54
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||23|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||19|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||28|
|UK Singles (OCC)||71|
- List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1980s
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1986
- List of Cash Box Top 100 number-one singles of 1986
- List of Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one songs of the 1980s
- Addicted to Spuds
- "Gold & Platinum – Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- "#10 -- "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer -- #10". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 27 May 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- Blackett, Matt (1 February 2004). "Guitar Player Magazine Interview". Guitar Player. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013 – via Myspace.
- "Straight from His Own Gob – Noddy Holder interviewed by Andrew Darlington". Soundchecks. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017.
- "Telling it how it really was". The Guardian. 15 March 1999. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "The Girl in the Video: "Addicted to Love" (1986)".
- "Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer". Songfacts. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "The Girl in the Video: "Addicted to Love" (1986)".[full citation needed]
- Abbott, Kate (16 December 2013). "How We Made Love Actually". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- Popoff, Martin (2009). Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records (7th ed.). Krause. p. 502. ISBN 978-0-89689-958-2.
- "ロバート・パーマー: ろばーとぱーまー" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Australian Top 50 Singles – Week Ending 29th June 1986". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 8 July 2016 – via Imgur.
- "Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0670." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Addicted to Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 25, 1986" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- "Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Vol. 98 no. 18. 3 May 1986. p. 66. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Hot Dance/Disco". Billboard. Vol. 98 no. 22. 31 May 1986. p. 34. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Top Rock Tracks". Billboard. Vol. 98 no. 12. 22 March 1986. p. 26. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending APRIL 26, 1986". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Top 100 Singles of '86". RPM. Vol. 45 no. 14. 27 December 1986. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Top Pop Singles" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 98 no. 52. 27 December 1986. p. Y-21. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1986". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
- "Tina Turner – Addicted To Love (Live)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 17, 1988" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Tina Turner – Addicted To Love (Live)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
The Video Models