Walking Away

Album: Information Society (1988)
Charted: 9


  • Information Society went through a bewildering series of lineup changes in their early years. The constant was Paul Robb, who founded the group in 1982. They grew a small fanbase in the Minneapolis area, but struggled to break through, which led to much of the band member turmoil.

    "Running" was released as a single in 1984 and became popular in the New York club scene in 1985. In 1986, Tommy Boy Records released a remix of the song that earned the group an album deal. By this time, several members had come and gone, often leaving the band in the lurch. When Paul Robb started working on the album, he recalled these trying times and those who "walked away." In our interview with Robb, he explained: "'Walking Away' was a song where I sat down and said, 'I want to write a song that's kind of like 'What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy),' but it's going to be directed to some former members of our band who had sort of quit the band at an importune moment. As a matter of fact, they both quit right before we made it big with 'Running.' So if you listen to the lyrics of 'Walking Away,' it's basically just someone complaining about people who left. That's because that's exactly what it is."
  • The group hit it big with their first Tommy Boy single, "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," which made #3 in the US. That remains by far their best-known song, but "Walking Away," released as the follow-up single, also did very well, charting at #9.
  • This song starts with a sample of William Shatner saying "It is useless to resist us." This sample comes from the 1967 Star Trek episode "Mirror Mirror," where Shatner's character Captain Kirk says it to the Halkans.

    Three Information Society songs from the album use Star Trek samples, most famously Spock's "Pure Energy" on "What's On Your Mind." The song "Over the Sea" incorporates the line, "In every revolution, there's one man with a vision," which also comes from Shatner in the "Mirror Mirror" episode.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top ProverbSong Writing

How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

Richie McDonald of LonestarSongwriter Interviews

Richie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit.

Brandi CarlileSongwriter Interviews

As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.