Robert Palmer struck musical gold again with this major hit. Helping the song was the video, which brought back the heavily made-up, look-alike models who were featured in the prior song "Addicted To Love." The models in the video were a good fit for the song, which is about an enticing woman who gets whatever she wants from her man.
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Palmer won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance for this song.
A 1989 Pepsi commercial parodied the clip by cutting in images of the "simply irresistible" soft drink.
This was shut out of the #1 spot by Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine," but it did top the Mainstream Rock chart for three weeks.
In the 2000 movie American Psycho, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) complains he can't enjoy this "new Robert Palmer tape" as his girlfriend keeps chattering in his ear.
Palmer performed this on Late Night with David Letterman in 1988 (before Dave headed to CBS as the Late Show host).
Heavy Nova was Palmer's first release through EMI, after a 16-year stint with Island Records.
Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaPalmer is one of a handful of artists who can lay claim to charting Top 10 or Top 20 hits in three separate decades in the US. (Every Kinda People 1978, Bad Case of Loving You, 1979, Addicted To Love & I Didn't Mean To Turn You On 1986, Simply Irresistible & Early In The Morning 1988, Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You 1991)
Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaThe single was Palmer's last US Top 10 Hit, peaking at #2 on The Billboard Charts of Sept of 1988. Far less successful in the UK (#44) he continued having Top 10 hits there with follow ups such as She Makes My Day & his UB40 duet I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. In the US he remained a Top 40 fixture for the next few years however with hits such his Gap band remake of early In The Morning (US #19, 1988), You're Amazing (US #28, 1990), and his medley of Marvin Gaye hits Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You (US #16, 1991).
Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaPalmer had to re-record the song before final release because he didn't feel it "rocked" enough. The "Palmer Girls" video concept, was used in four videos ...Addicted To Love, I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Simply Irresistible, and Change His Ways, the last one a comedy song about a hopeless couple with conflicting personalities lead by a strong female who thinks she can "Change His Ways", the video done as a cartoon. In the second half of the video a very real Palmer appears to sing a few verses and is backed by a cartoon version of the "Palmer Girls", to which his facial expressions show great surprise. Female concert goers dressed like the video girls are shown in the live performance video for Tell Me Im Not Dreaming.
Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaPalmer stated in interviews in 1988 (when the song was released) that the original concept for the video was to have numerous shots of attractive women in various activities without him appearing at all. It was his new record company (EMI/Capitol) that wanted to use the "Addicted To Love" video concept.
Pete from Nowra, AustraliaHeard that the models were added in later for the clip Addicted to Love , and Palmer didn't know at the time