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Addicted to Love (song)

"Addicted to Love"
Cover art for UK and European editions
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Riptide
A-side "Addicted to Love"
B-side "Remember to Remember"
Released January 1986
Recorded 1985
  • 6:01 (album version)
  • 4:04 (single version)
Label Island
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Producer(s) Bernard Edwards
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Addicted to Love"

"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.[1] 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.


  • Background 1
  • Music video 2
  • Chart performance 3
    • Weekly charts 3.1
    • Year-end charts 3.2
  • Tina Turner version 4
    • Official versions 4.1
    • Peak positions 4.2
  • Other cover versions 5
  • Live cover performances 6
  • Parodies 7
  • Influences on other music videos 8
  • Appearances in other media 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


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[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

Palmer performing the song live.

The 1986 produced 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 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).[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 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

Weekly charts

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

"Addicted to Love (Live)"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Tina Live in Europe
  • "Overnight Sensation" (Live)
  • "Legs" (Live)
Released 1988
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)"
"Addicted to Love" (Live)
"Tonight (Live)"

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.

Official versions

  • Tina Live in Europe album mix – 5:22
  • Single Mix – 5:10
  • Tina Live – 4:54

Peak positions

Charts (1988) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[25] 23
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[26] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 71

Other cover versions

Live cover performances

The song has been performed five times on The X Factor franchise:


Song parodies include:

Film parodies include:

Television parodies include:

Influences on other music videos

The video has either influenced or been parodied by other music videos including:

Appearances in other media

  • 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.


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External links

The Video Models

  • Julia Bolino
  • Patty Kelly
  • Julie Pankhurst
  • Mak Gilchrist
  • Kathy Davies
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