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Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer (1986) Music Video

This is one amazing, if not the perfect pop song.  It's overflowing with an abundance of energy and has an incredibly infectious groove to it. 

Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love was one of the last 45 RPM singles to receive a million-selling Gold certification.

It ranked at number 3 on VH1's Top 20 Videos of the 1980's.


Addicted to Love entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986 and it ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.

The song also reached number one in Australia and number five on the UK Singles Chart.

Addicted to Love became Palmer's signature song, thanks in part to a popular video featuring high fashion models.                                                                                                                                                                 The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums).

An interesting tidbit from VH1's Pop-Up Video trivia is that a professional musician was hired to teach the models basic guitar/base fingering techniques, but he "gave up after about an hour and left".

Mak Gilchrist the bassist in an interview stated, "I was 21 and got the part on the strength of my modelling book.   We were meant to look and 'act' like showroom mannequins."  

She continues, "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."

In a 2013 interview, when asked why she was designated the drummer and not given a close-up shot, Kathy Davies jokingly replied, "I guess the naughty ones always get sent to the back."

Davies added that she did not mind it because she thought Palmer "had a nice bum."


Doesn't this song have an incredibly infectious groove to it?

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