Originally a minor US hit for Cherrelle, I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On got the full treatment from Robert Palmer. Written by legendary US producer / songwriters Jam and Lewis the soul in the track is retained but with added boo-boo-boom as Palmer rocks it up.
The video features a well-dressed Palmer singing while five beautiful women jiggle (good word – verb of the day) their way through the backing track, approximately portraying his band members. There was some controversy in the media because some people considered the video a bit sexist, but to be honest it’s really quite tame. I guess that all was in accordance with the standards of the day!
The single was released in July 1986 and it made it to its highest position of number 9 in the UK singles chart in the first week of August. In total it spent just two weeks in the top ten out of a total of nine weeks on the chart in total. I bought it on 1 September which was the last day of my extended Summer holiday.