There's Nothing Like A Hit Record

Publié le 3 Novembre 2009

Robert Palmer used to get upset with media attempts to classify him and his music. But he makes it very difficult to assign him to a pigeon-hole because of his diversity. "I might as well dig a ditch if I'm going to do the same all the time," he says.
"There's nothing like a hit record," says Robert Palmer to get the "pigeon-hole" fraternity off your back.
In the early years of his solo career, Palmer found his music playing second-fiddle to such things as album covers and his looks.
"I tended to analyze why I was getting what I thought was a strange kind of attention from the media, and I took, I must say, a negative attitude towards it," said Palmer.
"I got the idea that because I wasn't coming up with anything that was easily pigeon-holed, that it was easier for someone to comment on the record cover or my hair style. I felt they were taking an easy way out, and it tended to irritate me."
Palmer shook off much of that irritation last year with a chart-busting single Bad Case Of Loving You that showcased his Secrets album.
"It's been a lot more healthy since then," Palmer admitted. "It's dissolved a great deal of the talk about the thousand-and-one categories I was put in. It gave me validity, broke me out the cult thing. I'm waiting for the next one!"
Palmer remains more a candidate for 1,001 pigeon-holes than a resident of one, because his endless quest for musical diversity. In five previous albums, he tampered with variations and combinations of Rock, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Reggae and any other musical outletthat grabbed his fancy. His latest effort, the recently released Clues is more of the same experimentation.
"Not only is it (Clues) different to what I've done, it's different, as far as I can tell, from most anything on the market," said the 31-year-old British-born singer, who now calls the Bahamas home.
"All my stuff is totally different (...) I'm vitally interested in music and I want to keep the presentation of it contemporary. I might as well dig a ditch if I'm going to do the same all the time. If it's exciting for me, then I assume that's the only thing that can be exciting for an audience."
Palmer grew up in Malta listening to his father's tapes of Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole, joined his first band when he was 15 and went out on his own in 1974 after 18 months with Vinegar Joe, a band that enjoyed a considerable cult following in England and Europe.
Mark Clark - AP Writer (Kingman Daily - 1980)

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