Music Video of the Day: Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer (1986, dir. Terence Donovan)

It’s obligatory to do legendary music videos like this one. The problem is finding something to write about when it comes to them.

We like things that look alike moving in unison. It’s as old as entertainment in general. You can swap them out for guys, or even toothbrushes, and it works just as well.

What seems to have some people slightly miffed is that they were stripped down to form rather than shown as a living breathing human being. According to Wikipedia, this is similar to what artist Patrick Nagel would do in his artwork. He happened to design the cover for Duran Duran’s album Rio.


What I can do is a where-are-they-now on this music video because we actually know who all these girls are in the video.

The women go like this: Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), Kathy Davies (drums).

You can find some of them on Twitter. You can also find numerous articles on them since they appear to have been tracked down fairly recently.

Mak Gilchrist posted a reunion of four of the five girls.

There’s also an interesting video where some of the girls are interviewed. I wish I could embed said video, but it’s on Yahoo!, and does not allow that for security reasons, so you’ll have to follow the link. It’s worth it because it provides background information on what has happened to them since the music video.

I particularly like Kathy Davies’ story about mostly watching Robert Palmer’s butt off-camera.

There’s also a humorous quote from Mak Gilchrist over on Wikipedia from Q magazine:

“I was 21 and got the part on the strength of my modeling book. We were meant to look and ‘act’ like showroom mannequins. Director Terence Donovan got us tipsy on a bottle of wine but as we 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.”

The girls were miming five musicians that were off-camera. I agree with Mak Gilchrist in the video that they should be tracked down too because they probably have interesting stories to add about the shoot.


5 responses to “Music Video of the Day: Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer (1986, dir. Terence Donovan)

  1. Good write up on the video. Just listening to the music brought back a flood of memories of my young self. Good times for me, while in a strange, and foreign land, while serving my country in the Marine Corps. I had that album, until my kids thought the brown ribbon inside the cassette would make better confettti.

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