Robert Palmer, famous primarily for his 1980s music videos, has died of a heart attack at 54.

The slick “Addicted to Love” video, featuring the sharply dressed Palmer and miniskirted models, became one of MTV’s most-played clips and sparked protests from some feminists.

“I’m not going to attach inappropriate significance to it because at the time it meant nothing. It’s just happened to become an iconic look,” Palmer once said of the video.

Palmer formed the Power Station in 1985 with John Taylor and Andy Taylor from Duran Duran, scoring three U.S. Top 10 hits, including “Communication” and “Get it On.”

A shame. And, oddly, I once again learned of this first from Michele even though I listened to a whole iteration of NPR’s Morning Edition.

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  1. Paul says:

    Maybe that you teach to to get your news from NPR 😉


  2. Eric says:

    Palmer was the James Bond of Rock&Roll…at least in his video incarnation.

  3. James Joyner says:

    Yeah. But he was the Roger Moore version. 🙂

  4. bryan says:

    Palmer didn’t have nearly the staying power of James Bond. And what’s the deal with people dying at 54 all of the sudden (John Ritter first, now Palmer)