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Robert Palmer — Johnny and Mary
Album: Clues
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7

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Total ratings: 363









Released: 1980
Length: 3:48
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Not played enough...great song from my 'prime'
When I was growing up in the NYC metro area during the 80's, there was a great radio station called WLIR out of Garden City Long Island. They played this and so many great tunes of the time. Boy, does this bring back fab memories.
We miss Robert. Too bad that he passed on..... he had so much more music to give us {#Frown}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Ah, Robert Palmer. I'm glad he hasn't slipped into obscurity. He had a lot of style, he chose dyno-mite sidemen (Little Feat, The Meters, etc) for his albums and shows, and his videos with the "Robert Palmer Girls" still make me laugh.

Plus he had a great voice. RIP.
 
Ah yes, the Robert Palmer girls!  Such great memories of the 80's in a cheesy fun way.  I remember my wife and two of her friends all dressed up as Robert Palmer girls for Halloween one year and looked great.  I should have dressed up like Robert Palmer!

WEEEEEE 80th RP!!!! najs
 mefrombrazil wrote:
nowadays, is he still singing?
 
Probably. {#Wink}

Very cool.  Haven't heard this for a very long time, brings back some memories.  In retrospect this must have influenced a lot of later 80's music.

Nice.  And yes, it makes me think of a specific Bruce Cockburn tune.


What a classy guy and superb performer.  Definitely a loss.
Left us too soon. Left a mark, though.
quintisential 80s
Ah, Robert Palmer. I'm glad he hasn't slipped into obscurity. He had a lot of style, he chose dyno-mite sidemen (Little Feat, The Meters, etc) for his albums and shows, and his videos with the "Robert Palmer Girls" still make me laugh.

Plus he had a great voice. RIP.
Always really liked Robert Palmer.  I saw him in the 1980s at the Orpheum in Boston and he came out in a "track suit" (remember those?!)  I thought it was a for a sound check, but he performed the whole show dressed like that.  It was a surprise, but still great!  Sorry that he's gone ...
 gvan wrote:
This is what you would call GOOD '80s.
 
AGREED!!!

My favorite RP album, bought it when it was first released. Man that was awhile ago...
This song will test your speakers. If you're listening on tinny computer speakers, might as well take a walk.
 
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 sirdroseph wrote:
Next time that you think of playing this song, just remember this; NO!{#Puke}
 
  It should by Nancy Reaganed.

(In fact, a good portion of this morning has been really disappointing.)
Next time that you think of playing this song, just remember this; NO!{#Puke}
 buckeyes wrote:
seriously thought this was take on me with that intro.
 
Ah ha, that explains a lot.

I love the fact that he kept changing his sound, every release was different, but they were always good. RIP Robert.
Thank God - for a second there I thought this was that awful Rod Stewart song...
Such a talent; taken from us all too soon.

We miss you Robert...
 buckeyes wrote:
seriously thought this was take on me with that intro.
 

{#Lol}  I did too!
 davin wrote:
bruce cockburn-esque
 
What microtone has any echo of Bruce Cockburn??

Rest in peace, Robert.


This is what you would call GOOD '80s.
seriously thought this was take on me with that intro.
Such sweet memories
I thought the video was well done for those early MTV days. I love how he stops singing, allowing the guitar or synt. to finish the lyric. Just a nice touch to a fine nugget of a song.
From All Music Guide: 2001, Palmer bounced back with the future blues of 2003's Drive. However, Palmer had little time to enjoy it's release. On September 26, 2003 he died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. He was 54
mefrombrazil wrote:
what? how it happened?
from the wiki link up above:
Palmer, who made his home in Lugano, Switzerland for his last 15 years, died in Paris, France in 2003 of a heart attack at the age of 54.
Proof that not everything 80's with synth-pop production was crap.
Love that song. Loved the whole LP. Miss you Robert. :cry:
Pharlap wrote:
he died.
what? how it happened?
he died.
nowadays, is he still singing?
I loved hearing this album when I was a kid back in the early 80s. Instantly recognizable.
Tina Turner did this song right on the Summer Lovers soundtrack.
I love this tune. Way back when, I shared an apartment on the beach, I used this intro music to sing an answering machine message. I wish I still had it.

:puke:
I like how, in spite of all the synth sound, his voice really floats above all that. His voice, as it should be, is the center of the song. It could easily be redone with any other musical background and be just as good or better, as long as they left his voice there at its core.
bruce cockburn-esque
God I love this song. It's been awhile since I've heard it. Thanks, Bill! :dancingbanana_2:
This is my favorite Palmer song. He was creative and a tad unorthodox, and this shows it off. He hung with Gary Numan a bit during this period too. I love this along with "Looking For Clues" and "Woke Up Laughing." RIP He said he didn't do drugs because he felt an obligation to his audience to do a really good job. That and the suits always impressed me as a man who was dedicated, in his own way.
bokey wrote:
He's like a big goofy puppy.You just can't help but like him.I've tried not to pretty hard. Renting Little Feat was sacreligous to me at the time.Now I just see it as Lowell on vinyl we wouldn't have otherwise. This is the best thing he's done without being backed up by the greatest band in history. edit-I have since found out it wasn't all of Little Feat,just Lowell.
But Little Feat was a huge influence on Palmer, he toured with them.
lord_love_rocket wrote:
He had a tendency to wear his trousers a little too high for my liking
Yet, Rolling Stone magazine voted Palmer the best-dressed rock star for 1990.
horstman wrote:
Long live Robert Palmer!
You mean his creations, no? Bob bought the farm (in Paris) September 26, 2003.
this song always reminds me of high school. i love it.
lord_love_rocket wrote:
He had a tendency to wear his trousers a little too high for my liking
I second that. :eek:
:puke: :puke:
He had a tendency to wear his trousers a little too high for my liking
I forgot this was Robert Palmer. I don't really dig him...perhaps due to massive testosterone-charged over-exposure in the '80s. But this is a good song. I like it.
Ok, 1980 was the release year for this album....I havent heard this before and I was wondering when it came out. The "more about this album" link on the RP site is hit and miss. This time it brought up "Blues Clues". Um, yeah, not quite. Good song. New wave never disappoints me.
This is great.
Shite!
He's like a big goofy puppy. You just can't help but like him. I've tried not to pretty hard. Renting Little Feat was sacreligous to me at the time. Now I just see it as Lowell on vinyl we wouldn't have otherwise. This is the best thing he's done without being backed up by the greatest band in history. edit-I have since found out it wasn't all of Little Feat,just Lowell.
Liked Palmer even in the earliest Vinegar Joe days, but this one does nothing for me.
Really going for eclectic today.
Nice song. Placebo does a good cover of this one.
Music for driving in the late dusk when the sun sets in the horizon and the miles are rolling away in a steady stream.
aflanigan wrote:
Reminds me a little of the original Joe Jackson "Stepping out". Pure pop for NOW people.
Exactly. Just bumped up my rating because of this point.
Wow, I'd forgotten this one. I used to love it but then it kinda dropped off my radar. I love that RP brings these gems out into the light again.
Quanti bei ricordi legati a questa canzone. Palmer Ú legato ad uno dei momenti più importanti della mia vita. V.
LOVE the cheesy synth!
I am surprised that this song is not known, as for me it is one of the most popular songs by Robert Palmer ever. It doesn't trump "I'll be your baby tonight" and "Mercy mercy me/I want you", but it is definitely one of his best songs.
Palmer had a definite knack for creating songs with great hooks. This is one of my favorite songs of his, on that level. However, it really doesn't survive the test of time, due to the cheezy keyboards. I ended up giving it a 6.
Reminds me a little of the original Joe Jackson "Stepping out". Pure pop for NOW people.
Great song! Very different from the Robert Palmer I am used to hearing.
this one has held up well...
StevenQ wrote:
Great to hear this -- the last comment before today was 2003. Has it really been that long since it has been played? If so, good to see Bill digging through the bins for some neglected gems.
That was the day he died...
Nice find! :dance: Never heard it before... RP is such a great place discover "new" songs! :dance:
Had this album. And by far this was one of my favorite songs on it. So 80's sounding huh? :jump: thanks Bill for taking me back. :hug:
great to hear this one again. New wavey, but has stood up so well. thanks Bill-the mix always impresses.
Wow, don't think I've heard this one before. Great song! RIP Mr. Palmer.
Great to hear this -- the last comment before today was 2003. Has it really been that long since it has been played? If so, good to see Bill digging through the bins for some neglected gems.
Long live Robert Palmer!
I loved him because he managed to tweak his sound just enough to experiment with each release, but never lost his identity in the process. That and because my mom swore that "Addicted To Love" was called "One Track Mind" for some strange reason. We miss you, Robert.
:wink:
Wow. This song has popped into my head about once or twice a year for 20 years. I always wondered who it was and hoped to buy the CD!
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Tweak the bass and stand back! Thanks, uploader, and thank you Mr. Palmer. 8)
Yer velcome and ditto.
Tweak the bass and stand back! Thanks, uploader, and thank you Mr. Palmer. 8)
Sigh, RIP Robert. My favorite of his songs, this one.