Robert Palmer was a journeyman singer with just a few minor hits (“Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”) under his belt when he was plucked out of semi-obscurity to be the lead singer of the Duran Duran supergroup offshoot, Power Station. Thanks in part to the popularity of Duranies Andy Taylor and John Taylor, Power Station scored three top hits from their debut album issued in 1985. However, before the group toured, Palmer left the group to refocus on a solo career.

The decision to capitalize on this new fame was fortuitous for Palmer, who immediately scored a number one hit with “Addicted to Love” in early 1986. Palmer’s image featured suits but Riptide was a double platinum hit thanks to “Addicted to Love” and other hits including “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” and “Hyperactive.”  The video for “Addicted to Love” was nominated for Video of the Year (it lost to “Money for Nothing) and has since become a pop culture icon. Featuring identically dressed models, the video has been parodied in numerous forms.

Palmer hit again in 1988 with the song “Simply Irresistible” which featured a similar music video.  Further songs were not as popular and Palmer eventually retired to Switzerland. Sadly, the singer died of a heart attack at age 54 in 2003.