Robert Palmer – “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” – (1979)

Robert Palmer was an interesting act in the 1980s. He was a solo mainstream rock artist in an era of new wave and synth pop and hair bands. I know there were others doing similar things, but whenever I try to think of “artists like Robert Palmer” I fail miserably. This was the song that really ushered him into the mainstream and set up his later, larger, successes in the mid and late 1980s. Everyone knows the song from its signature lyric (which is just the song title reversed): “Doctor, doctor give me the news I got a bad case of loving you.” And all of his popular singles have a similar sound, which is why (unless you explicitly remember their release dates) it’s hard to remember which came when.

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