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"Addicted to Love"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Riptide
A-side "Addicted to Love"
B-side "Remember to Remember"
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Rock
Length 6:01 (album version)
4:04 (single version)
Label Island Records
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Producer Bernard Edwards
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Addicted to Love"

"Addicted to Love" is a song by Robert Palmer first released in 1986. The song has now become known as his signature song, thanks in part to a highly popular video featuring high fashion models. Other artists have released versions since.

This is the third song on the Riptide album. The most commonly heard version runs around four minutes, but the full album version runs a little over six minutes.

The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as spending two weeks atop the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart, and it peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart.

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.

The guitar part on the song is played by Eddie Martinez, then a member of Palmer's band, and keyboards by Wally Badarou. The song is also notable for the unaccompanied drum opening, which plays at 7/4. The rest of the song is in common 4/4 time.

Charts (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 1



The music video was directed by Terence Donovan[1], in which Palmer's backing band is a group of models whose pale skin, heavy makeup, dark hair and seductive expression makes them resemble the women in Patrick Nagel paintings.

The models in the video are (from left to right) Patty Kelly, Julie Pankhurst, Mak Gilchrist and Julia Bolino 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 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." [2]

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 guitar fingering techniques, but "gave up after about an hour and left". The episode also pointed out several choreographical errors, including the models moving out of sync with one another, and moving during points with no backbeat, 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.

Tina Turner version

"Addicted to Love (Live)"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Tina Live in Europe
B-side "Overnight Sensation" (Live), "Legs" (Live)
Released 1988
Format 7" single
12" single
Genre Rock
Length 5:10 (single mix)
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Producer 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.

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!: Her Greatest Hits in 2008.

  • Tina Live in Europe album mix - 5:22
  • Single Mix - 5:10
Charts (1988) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 71

Other cover versions

Live cover performances

  • Van Halen was seen warming up with the song on the MTV documentary,"Van Halen Unleashed," and played portions of the song during their 1986 tour.
  • Rod Stewart played the song live at Albert Hall as a part of a medley with Some Guys Have All The Luck
  • Girl group Kandy Rain performed the song on the first live show of The X Factor in 2009


Song parodies include:

Film parodies include:

Influences on other music videos

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

Appearances in other media

  • 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 the late 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 on TV on Friday January 29, 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".


External links

The Video Models

Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
June 23, 1986 - June 30, 1986
Succeeded by
"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" by Samantha Fox
Preceded by
"Kiss" by Prince and the Revolution
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 3, 1986
Succeeded by
"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys


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