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ADDICTED TO LOVE (song)

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Addicted to Love (song) – 1986

“Addicted to Love” is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It has become his signature song, thanks in part to a popular video featuring high fashion models. Other artists have since released versions of it.

It is the third song on Palmer’s Riptide album. The version released for commercial radio play is about four minutes long, while the 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.

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 Power Station) provides lead guitar. The other guitar part on the song is played by Eddie Martinez 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.”

The 1986 produced music video (which uses the shorter single version of this song), directed by British photographer Terence Donovan, was one of the most iconic 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) and Julia Bolino (guitar) and Kathy Davies (drums).

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 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,” Bowling for Soup’s “1985,” Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”, and Dance Like a Mother’s “You Ain’t So Tough”.