Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on May 3rd of 1986 Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love” tops the Billboard singles chart on its way to becoming a world-wide million seller. Originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company wouldn’t grant her a release to work on Palmer’s label, Island Records, and her voice was removed. However Chaka Khan did appear on Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” which beat out this song for the 1987 Record of the Year Grammy. The “love is an addiction” theme is a common lyrical trope, also successfully used the 1983 Huey Lewis & the News hit “I Want A New Drug.” Palmer, who died of a heart attack in 2003 at age 54, said that he wrote the song about what it’s like having an addictive personality. Palmer bet against himself while this was climbing the charts. He recalled: “There’s a phone number you can ring for Billboard magazine to let you know your chart position and we were flying from Tokyo to Hawaii and had to stop in Guam and we had made a bet as to what number ‘Addicted To Love’ was going to be and I lost. I bet on number two but it went to one! It was a bet over a garment… a black and white cashmere cloak! But I ended up winning it back the following week.” The song starts with a guitar riff that came to Palmer in a dream. The video featured Palmer singing in front of a “band” of beautiful women who looked exactly alike. They wore lots of makeup and identical clothing as they pretended to play the instruments. The video became an icon of the ’80s, and is constantly parodied. The girls in the video were not Palmer’s idea. They were filmed separately and edited behind clips of Palmer singing.