Nowhere to Run (song)
|"Nowhere to Run"|
|Single by Martha and the Vandellas|
|from the album Dance Party|
|Released||February 10, 1965|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); October 21, 1964|
|Producer||Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland|
|Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology|
"Nowhere to Run" is a 1965 pop single by Martha and the Vandellas for the Gordy (Motown) label and is one of the group's signature songs. The song, written and produced by Motown's main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, depicts the story of a woman trapped in a bad relationship with a man she cannot help but love. Holand-Dozier-Holland and the Funk Brothers band gave the song a large, hard-driving instrumentation sound similar to the sound of prior "Dancing In The Street" with snow chains used as percussion alongside the tambourine and drums.
Included on their third album, Dance Party, "Nowhere to Run" hit number eight on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and number five on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It also charted in the UK peaking at number twenty-six on the chart. The single release was backed with "Motoring".
The record's brass-heavy arrangement and chorus have made the song a popular one at sporting events, whether played in its original version or reinterpreted by a marching band. The song was also played heavily by troops during the Vietnam War and has since been an episode title and inspiration in TV shows such as Quantum Leap and Murphy Brown.
This song is contained within the in-game soundtrack of the PC game Battlefield Vietnam.
This song is also featured in the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line.
Arnold McCuller performed a disco-style cover version which appeared on the soundtrack for The Warriors in 1979. A snippet was sung by Patti Scialfa as part of the mood-setting introduction to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's live version of "Cover Me", included on their album Live/1975-85. The song was also sampled by N.W.A. on their 1991 hit, "100 Miles and Runnin'". The song is used in the Gravediggaz song Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide. A cover version was featured in the 1991 film The Commitments (based upon the Roddy Doyle novel of the same name) as performed by Niamh Kavanagh.
A cover sung in Vietnamese by Khanh Ha appears in Gleaming the Cube.
According to Janet Jackson's collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, there was talk of her covering "Nowhere to Run" for her 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. But instead, Jackson chose to do an original song inspired by the dance-pop approach of "Nowhere to Run", titling it "Escapade".
- Lead vocals by Martha Reeves
- Background vocals by Rosalind Ashford & Betty Kelly
- Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr.
- Produced by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
- All instrumentation by The Funk Brothers