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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
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
One of the inspirations for this song was an encounter that Lamont Dozier had with a frightened teenager who was on his way to Vietnam. He recalled to The Guardian: "His friends asked if I would throw a party for him at my house before he was shipped out. We had the party, but he was very solemn, just sitting with his girlfriend. He had a premonition that he wouldn't be coming back. I told him to be positive, but he was adamant. I found myself thinking about how he was feeling trapped – nowhere to run. Sure enough, two months later they shipped his body back. I think he stepped on a land mine. Nineteen years old."