This week in 1986 Robert Palmer hit Number 1 with "Addicted to Love". The song has now become known as his signature song, thanks in part to a highly popular video featuring high fashion models.
Originally intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company at the time wouldn't 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.
Noddy Holder, lead vocalist of English rock band Slade, had this to say about the song:
"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, directed by legendary British photographer Terence Donovan] 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 music video ranked at number 3 on VH1's Top 20 Videos of the 1980s.
The models in the video are (from left to right) Julie Pankhurst (keyboards), Mak Gilchrist (guitar), Patty Kelly (bass guitar) and Julia Bolino (guitar) with Kathy Davies at the back on drums. 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."
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