Road to Nowhere

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"Road to Nowhere"
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Little Creatures
B-side "Give Me Back My Name"
Released 1985 (1985)
Format 7" single
Recorded October 1984 – March 1985
Genre New Wave, rock
Length 4:19
Label Sire
Writer(s) David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
Producer(s) Talking Heads
Talking Heads singles chronology
"The Lady Don't Mind"
"Road to Nowhere"
"And She Was"

"Road to Nowhere" is a song by Talking Heads, from the 1985 album Little Creatures. It also appeared on Best of Talking Heads, Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites, the Once in a Lifetime box set and the Brick box set. The song was released as a single in 1985 and reached number 25 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 6 in the British, German and South African [1] singles charts. It also made number 8 on the Dutch Top 40.


According to the sleeve of Talking Heads compilation Once in a Lifetime, Byrne added the choral intro after deciding the song in itself was embarrassingly simplistic and monotonous.

The video, released to promote the single, was directed by David Byrne and Stephen R. Johnson and features the band and various objects revolving, as if in their own "road to nowhere", and it was nominated for "Best Video of the Year" at the MTV Video Music Awards 1986. Some parts were shot in the back yard and pool of actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who was co-writing Byrne's film True Stories at the time.[2] Director Johnson went on to use some of the special effects techniques used in the video to make two award-winning videos for Peter Gabriel the following year: "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time".

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  1. ^ Retrieved 8 April 2014
  2. ^ "The Tobolowsky Files Episode 44: The Voice from Another Room". Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  3. ^ Riles, Cortney (December 17, 2012). ""Gossip Girl" Music Recap: No Greater Goodbye". Neon Tommy. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 

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