Addicted to Love (song)

Addicted to Love (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Addicted to Love

Artist = Robert Palmer
from Album = Riptide
A-side = "Addicted to Love"
B-side = "Remember to Remember"
Released = 1985
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1985
Genre = Rock
Length = 4:23 (single version)
Label = Island Records
Writer = Robert Palmer
Producer = Bernard Edwards
Last single = "Riptide" (1986)
This single = "Addicted to Love" (1986)
Next single = "Hyperactive" (1986)
Misc =
"Addicted to Love" is a song by Robert Palmer. It 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 and peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart, and has now become known as his signature song, thanks, in part, to a highly popular video.

The song is unusual in that the intro drum solo is in the 7/4 time signature, while the remainder is in a more conventional (at least for pop music) 4/4 time signature.

It was originally intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan. However, 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 Andy Taylor, then a member of Duran Duran. Palmer met Taylor when they were both members of supergroup The Power Station.


The music video was directed by Terence Donovan, 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.

The video is notable for being the first (and last) one shown on long running UK music programme "The Chart Show". Palmer recycled the video's "iconic models" concept for the videos of three other songs of his; namely "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" Fact|date=March 2008.

The video was very popular and was referenced/parodied in several videos, including Beyoncé's "Green Light", which shares many of the same elements. It is also referenced in Mr Blobby's music video for "Mr Blobby", Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!", in which Palmer's women are substituted for men dancing in the same way. Tone Lōc's "Wild Thing," Bowling for Soup's "1985" and "Weird Al" Yankovic's "UHF." In addition, Weird Al parodied the song itself in a song called "Addicted to Spuds". As well, Bill Nighy's character, Billy Mack, parodies the video in the 2003 romantic comedy "Love Actually", and 13 years earlier Leslie Nielsen's character, Father Jebedaiah Mayii, parodies the same in the 1990 comedy "horror" film "Repossessed". It was also used in a dream sequence of Dr. Joel Fleischman in an episode of "Northern Exposure".

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"). The Video ranked at number 3 on VH1's top 20 videos of the 80's.

The video sparked at a campaign for Emerald Nuts, where the girls come after anyone who doesn't eats Emerald Nuts at 3 and try to make the person one of them. When thwarted, they flew away.


Infobox Single
Name = Addicted to Love (Live)

Caption =
Artist = Tina Turner
from Album = Tina Live in Europe
A-side =
B-side = "Overnight Sensation" (Live), "Legs" (Live)
Released = 1988
Format = 7" single
12" single
Recorded =
Genre = Rock
Length = 5:10 (single mix)
Label = Capitol Records
Writer = Robert Palmer
Producer = John Hudson
Chart position =
Last single = "Nutbush City Limits (Live)"
This single = "Addicted To Love" (Live)
Next single = "Tonight (Live)"
Misc =

Tina Turner version

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 "" 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.

Versions and remixes (Tina Turner version)

* "Tina Live in Europe" album mix - 5:22
* Single Mix - 5:10

Chart performance (Tina Turner version)

Other cover versions

*"Weird Al" Yankovic did a parody called "Addicted to Spuds".
*Lampoonist Brockeim parodied readers in [ Addicted to Books]
*The song has also been covered by Ciccone Youth (Sonic Youth). Appearing on "The Whitey Album", this version was recorded in a karaoke booth, with Kim Gordon on vocals.
*The Eagles of Death Metal did a cover for the song, which was included as a bonus track in some copies of their second studio album, Death by Sexy.
*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.
*Serbian alternative band Disciplina Kičme recorded a live cover version of the song which appeared on their 1987 EP "Dečija pesma" (Children's song).
*Ring of Honor wrestler Rhett Titus has recently begun using the song as his entrance theme.
*Rod Stewart played the song live at Albert Hallas a part of a medley with Some Guys Have All The Luck [Media: [Example.ogg] [{start boxsuccession box
before = "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones
title = Australian Kent Music Report number one single
years = June 23, 1986 - June 30, 1986
after = "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" by Samantha Fox
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before = "Kiss" by Prince and the Revolution
title = Billboard Hot 100 number one single
years = May 3, 1986
after = "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys


External links

*youtube|F0U5JfGYx4c|Addicted to Love

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