Song of the Day: Robert Palmer, “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”

When "I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On" came out in 1986, people seemed upset at the dancers and Robert Palmer’s "backup band" in the video, as I remember. It was written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and done first by Cherrelle in 1985, where it scored highly on the Billboard Hot Black singles chart (#8) and Hot Dance Club play chart (#6). For Palmer, it was the fifth single released from his 1985 album Riptide, and reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box Top 100.

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Robert Palmer, “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”

  1. Hi John – interesting to see the video and read a little more … I guess: just listen and don’t look … but who am I to say … I’m enjoying it … take care – Hilary

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    1. Looking at the video, I don’t see what the problem was. The women in the band were dressed modestly, almost like flight attendants. Weren’t especially convincing as musicians, but weren’t forced to do anything degrading. The dancers didn’t do anything risqué. Maybe that was why people objected.

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