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Nowhere to Run by Martha & the Vandellas

Album: Dance PartyReleased: 1965Charted:
  • This is a tale of a woman who knows her boyfriend treats her badly but she can't help but love him.
  • Along with a tambourine and drums, snow chains were used as percussion for this song.
  • All the instruments were played by the Funk Brothers, who were session musicians for Motown.
  • Because of its brassy sound and chorus, this song is one of many which are popular at sporting events, where the original version is played, or a marching band performs it.
  • The song was particularly popular during the Vietnam War, and was featured in the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
  • Janet Jackson intended on recording a remake of this on her 1990 Rhythm Nation 1814 album before being persuaded by her songwriters Jam and Lewis to record a song with a similar beat. The end result was her American chart-topper "Escapade."
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Comments: 6

Yeoww! That drum intro on "Nowhere To Run" really is tough & cool. Mercy - those snow chains really added some "attitude" to this hit. I'll always love it. Great to dance to. Later that year when I began college, I found it on nearly every jukebox on campus & off campus. It was originally on their "Dance Party" album which my brother bought in '65 & as I recall, the album had some really cool dance songs on it. I can even remember that back in high school one friend always liked to say that if ya didn't get up & dance to this song - you're probably dead.Elmer H - Westville, Ok
I think this is probably the best meshing of Martha, H-D-H and the funk brothers. Gospel rooted, extremely funky, extremely sexy. Singular.Buddah - New York, Ny
This song was a centerpiece in the classic 1978 cult film THE WARRIORS.John - Nashville, Tn
Martha and the Vandellas presented this song on a CBS special entitled "It's What's Happening, Baby" on June 28, 1965 - In what could be called the early form of the music video, they were shown singing the song at a Ford Automobile Plant, dancing and bouncing to the song while a 1965 Ford Mustang was being built around them.Kristin - Bessemer, Al
LOVE THAT ROUSING DRUM INTRO! and the snow chains "whipping" throughout the tune - magnificient!Kristin - Bessemer, Al
A classic love obsession song! Who doesn't this song?Tanya - La Verne, Ca