Paris: British rock singer Robert Palmer died today of heart attack. Known for his hits “Work to make it Work”, “Addicted to Love”, and “Simply Irresistable”, Palmer was 54.
His first hit album and single hit the charts thirty years ago (“Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley”), and more recently, his “Addicted to Love” video, with miniskirted models strumming guitars, was an all-time favorite MTV clip, drawing mucho grumbing from the feminists.
Of late a resident of Switzerland, in recent weeks Palmer had been working on a video in Britain. Always appearing in stylish suits, Palmer showed a sense of class remarkably absent from the dirty-boy image cultivated by lotso musicians who never rocked half as hard. Palmer was named ‘Best Dressed Male Artist’ in 1990 by Rolling Stone magazine.
“I loved the music,” Palmer reported, “but the excesses of rock ‘n’ roll never really appealed to me at all. I couldn’t see the point of getting up in front of a lot of people when you weren’t in control of your wits.”
Palmer wrote some great songs. Often these hit the charts more forcefully when recorded by other artists, such as Rod Stewart, but Palmer’s records rock you unmercifully. Other than being a fan, I know little about him, except perhaps what kind of girl he finds ‘Simply Irresistable’. In the video, a slender girl in a black dress dances to the music with a completely deadpan expression. In this video, she’s been multiplied to look like many, many swaying mannekins.
I’ll miss Robert Palmer. I wish he’d stayed. And now I will never find out the answer to my question. In ‘Simply Irresistable’, he sings:
“She’s so fine; there’s no telling where the money went.”
What the hell does that mean?