Friday, 6 March 2015

Robert Palmer 'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On'

Chart Peak: 9
Charted at No. 30 on 15th July, had sped to No. 9 by 29th July giving Robert his second Top Ten Hit of 1986
It was a funny old career that Robert Palmer had; enough hits to be considered a major star but not quite as many as you might think, and rarely a consistent run. The hits he did have covered a wide range of genres: soul, rock, funk, jazz, reggae, blues, even yodelling and included more cover versions than you might think. So it is that the third Jam and Lewis song on the album was originally recorded by Cherrelle, with Palmer supposedly covering it as some sort of satire on the unsuitability of the song for a teenage singer, although if this story is true he was misinformed as Cherrelle would have been 24 when her version was released. He also undermines the point slightly with the typical Palmer video as well.

It could be argued that the rather smarmy way Palmer sings the song is authentic to the lyric, but it's not especially enjoyable. Still, the song has a decent groove to it and it's well-produced (by Bernard Edwards, in contrast to the Nile Rodgers contributions elsewhere on here) and as the follow-up to 'Addicted To Love' it was never likely to fail. Yes, Palmer is yet another of the British acts who had a US Number One in 1986 and never managed one back home. This was one of two of his singles to peak at 2 there.

Also appearing on: Now 13, 18 [with UB40], 19, 29
Available on: Gold

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