Robert Palmer had the good fortune to join Power Station as the lead singer in '85. This one-off project also included Chic drummer Tony Thompson with Andy and John Taylor, on leave from Duran Duran.
Success reared its ugly head. "Some Like It Hot" was huge. So was the cover of T-Rex's "(Bang A Gong) Get It On." Everyone wanted to tour except Palmer who claimed he had to get back to his solo career. That comment begged the question, "What solo career?" Aside from "Every Kinda People" and a cover of Moon Martin's "Bad Case Of Loving You" a minor hit nearly six years earlier, Palmer had an eclectic and respectable career, but nothing worth turning down the biggest opportunity of his life. But Palmer's mind was made up and Michael Des Barres replaced him.
After the "Riptide" CD's slow start it appeared Palmer had definitely missed the boat. However, the second single "Addicted To Love" was a worldwide #1 due in a large part to the video. Palmer's "backing band" consisted of models in black mini-skirts all made up to look relatively the same (dark hair, white faces, blank _expression, etc.).
The image of Palmer fronting this "group was repeatedly used to identify the '80s. Palmer also had a major hit with the more pop-oriented "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On."
"Heavy Nova" rolled out in '88 and contained "Simply Irresistible" while more intense and Rockin', it bore a strong resemblance to "Addicted To Love" (Palmer wrote both). The CD sold over a million copies.
In the '90s Palmer limited himself to pop material with some world music flavor. Occasionally, he did something interesting in this vein, like a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)."
A heart attack claimed Palmer's life in 2003. He was 54.
1974 Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
1975 Pressure Drop
1976 Some People Can Do What They Like
1988 Heavy Nova
1990 Don't Explain
1992 Ridin' High
1999 Rhythm & Blues
"Riptide" with "Addicted To Love" catches Robert Palmer at his cool synth-Rock peak. His one-off work with Power Station, which preceded "Riptide" has "Some Like It Hot" and a cover of "Bang A Gong" but not much more. For a looser, more gritty sound, check out Palmer's earlier efforts including his debut "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" and "Secrets" with "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)." "Addictions: Volume I & II" covers all Palmer's stylistic changes and incarnations.