Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love (1986)

Now here is a classic track:

Written and sung by Robert Palmer, the song was originally meant to be a duet with Chaka Khan, but due to Chaka's record label Warner not permitting her to record for their rival company, Island Records, which had Robert under contract, the duet would never materialise. - The publicised reason why this collaboration never happened is a bit of a cover up: timing would have caused delay. Funny then that the song went to become Robert Palmer's signature song - everybody remembers him by it.
But the infectious melody and lyrics are not the only reasons why this song has become somewhat of a classic: the video had a great deal to do with it, too: it was directed by Terence Donovan, and features Robert's backing band is a group of models with pale skin, heavy makeup (notably the decadently red lipstick), dark hair and seductive expressions, acting like showroom mannequins.
The models in the video are (from left to right) Patty Kelly, Julie Pankhurst, Teri Marguerite Ryan and Julia Bolino with Kathy Davies at the back on drums.
Word has it that Terence Donovan got the models tipsy on a bottle of wine but as they were having our make-up retouched, Teri lost balance on her heels and knocked the top of her guitar into the back of Robert’s head, and his face then hit the microphone. A musician was hired to teach them basic guitar fingering techniques, but gave up after about an hour and left. The girls moved out of sync with one another and moving during points with no backbeat, such as the second chorus. See yourself:

Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love (1986)
US#1, AUS#1, NZ#2, UK#5, NL#34

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