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(1984 – 1985, 1996 – 1996)

The Power Station was a / band that formed in 1984, best known for their self-titled debut album as well as being a rock ‘’. The band consisted of Robert Palmer (vocals), John Taylor (bass) and Andy Taylor (guitar) of Duran Duran and Tony Thompson (drums), formerly of Chic. In 1985, the band released the Bernard Edwards’ produced ‘The Power Station’, featuring the international hit singles “Some Like It Hot” and “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”.

In early 1985, the group appeared on Saturday Night Live, where they performed both of their rockin’ singles. The band decided to capitalize on their success with a summer tour of the United States. However, Robert Palmer used this success to record a solo album, ‘Riptide’, which featured its own hit singles and incorporated a similar -ready rock style. As a result, Palmer left The Power Station and did not tour with the band. Later on, this split, with some members of Palmer’s ex-group saying that Palmer took their “sound”, led to public expressions of personal animosity.

Taking in Michael Des Barres, an actor and vocalist formely with Silverhead and Detective, the Power Station underwent highly popular tours. On July 13, 1985, the group performed at Live Aid, with Michael Des Barres’ singing receiving praise. Later that year, the band appeared on an episode of Miami Vice, which was entitled “Whatever Works”.


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  • KingFahtah

    It's those 80s big beat overproduction drums. Everybody was doing it

    19 Oct 10:11am Reply
  • John_otmapp

    We fight for love!

    21 Jul 9:13am Reply


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  • spidermiike

    The drums! Power Station had the absolute crushing, wildest drums for a pop band back then. Just listen to how Get It On and Some Like It Hot start. Damn!

    29 Mar 5:25am Reply
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  • TheDarkSide73

    Tony Thompson also hooked up with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck to form The Honeydrippers as well..

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Classical!!! :-)

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • jerry667

    Incredible band, the first album is fantastic, absolutely flawless. The guitar solo on SOME LIKE IT HOT is mindblowing!

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Such a great band. RIP Robert Pslmer

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • MusikSuchtig

    I remember being a teenager dancing to this tracks... had no idea what they really meant... ;) still great "some like it hot" what percussion!!!

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • vanillasky79

    fuck, i love them. "still in your heart" is the kind of song i will take to the grave with me. SO EPIC

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Love this band an Robert Palmers voice is GOD like

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • brand929

    lmao, gotta love Family Guy references. I'm going to give this band a listen.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply

    SO DO I

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
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  • TemporaryBeauty

    Heard their version of "Let's Get It On" last night - so good. Where's it at?

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Seru1

    They did a song for the movie Commando, But I can't find it anywhere.

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • The80sFan

    The Power Station were HIGHLY underrated, but this was essentially a 'supergroup' with Robert Palmer on lead vocals, Tony Thompson from Chic on drums, plus Andy and John Taylor from Duran Duran! Their debut album I bought on CD the very first time I heard their version of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)", it absolutely rocked! Their second album "Living In Fear" is much less known but is pretty good overall, though not nearly as good as the debut. RIP Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson, a hell of a loss those 2 artists.

    19 May 2010 Reply
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