Looking for Clues

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"Looking for Clues"
Robert Palmer Looking for Clues 1980 Single Cover.jpg
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Clues
B-side"What Do You Care"
"Good Care of You"
"Woke Up Laughing"
Released31 October 1980 (UK)[1]
November 1980[2]
Format7", 12"
GenreNew wave, pop[3]
Length4:15 (single version)
4:51 (album version)
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Johnny and Mary"
(1980)
"Looking for Clues"
(1980)
"Some Guys Have All the Luck"
(1982)
"Johnny and Mary"
(1980)
"Looking for Clues"
(1980)
"Some Guys Have All the Luck"
(1982)

"Looking for Clues" is a song by English vocalist Robert Palmer, released in 1980 as the second single from his sixth studio album Clues.[3] It was written and produced by Palmer.[1] "Looking for Clues" reached No. 33 in the UK,[4] and No. 105 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100.[5]

A music video was filmed to promote the single.[6] It was one of the videos to be aired on MTV's first day of broadcasting, on 1 August 1981.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Cash Box selected the single as one of their feature picks in November 1980. They commented: "Palmer's been around awhile, but musically, he continues to shift gears and develop as an artist. On [this] second single from his current LP, he has created an immensely infectious little electronic boogie, half pop, half funk, to support his high, multi-tracked vocals, with a neat vibe break."[8]

In a review of Clues, Audio described the song as "futuristic sounding".[9] In a retrospective review of the album, Donald A. Guarisco of AllMusic described the song as "a clever slice of new wave pop that surprises the listener with an unexpected xylophone solo".[3] Ultimate Classic Rock included the song as one of Palmer's Top 10 songs in a retrospective look at his career.[10]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:15
  2. "What Do You Care" - 2:44
7" single (UK/Philippines/Netherlands release)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:15
  2. "Good Care of You" - 2:24
7" single (UK alternative release)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:15
  2. "In Walks Love Again" - 2:48
7" single (US/Canada release)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:08
  2. "Woke Up Laughing" - 3:36
7" single (UK promo)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:08
7" single (US promo)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:08
  2. "Looking for Clues" - 4:08
12" single (UK release)
  1. "Looking for Clues (Long Version)" - 4:51
  2. "Good Care of You" - 2:24
  3. "Style Kills" - 4:16
12" single (European release)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:53
  2. "Johnny and Mary" - 3:59
12" single (US promo)
  1. "Looking for Clues" - 4:52
  2. "Looking for Clues" - 4:52

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[11] 23
Belgian Singles Chart (V)[12] 9
Canada RPM Top Singles 7
Dutch Singles Chart[13] 17
France 6
German Singles Chart[14] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 14
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 6
UK Singles Chart[17] 33
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart[5] 105

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues / Good Care Of You - Island - UK - WIP 6651". 45cat. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues / Woke Up Laughing - Island - USA - IS49620". 45cat. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  3. ^ a b c AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco. "Clues - Robert Palmer | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "ROBERT PALMER - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. 1980-12-13. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  6. ^ "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". YouTube. 1985-01-15. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  7. ^ Facebook Twitter email Print Article AA (2016-08-24). "Weirdest Videos MTV Played on Its First Day". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  8. ^ Cash Box newspaper - November 22, 1980 - Reviews: singles - page 15
  9. ^ "Audio - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  10. ^ "Top 10 Robert Palmer Songs". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. pp. 228, 236. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "germancharts.com - Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". Germancharts.de. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  17. ^ "ROBERT PALMER | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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