Trapped (Colonel Abrams song)

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Single by Colonel Abrams
from the album Colonel Abrams
Released 1985
Format 12", 7"
Length 4:13 (Vocal Version)
Label MCA (US MCA-23568)
Writer(s) Colonel Abrams, Marston Freeman
Producer(s) Richard Burgess

"Trapped" is a single released by American dance music artist Colonel Abrams in 1985. It has since become known as Abrams' signature song and still receives airplay on dance radio stations in the UK and the US. The song combines elements of both R&B and dance.

This song has arguably remained Abrams' biggest hit on both sides of the Atlantic, topping the US Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week in September 1985 and peaking at number twenty on the soul chart.[1] Overseas, it went to number three on the UK Singles Chart. The single has also been used as a sampled loop in Marradonna's 1994 club single "Out Of My Head".[2]

This track was also remixed by Boards of Canada under their Hell Interface pseudonym. The resulting track, also called "Trapped", was released on Skam Record's MASK 200.[3]

In 2014 the track was sampled by The Subs reaching the charts, and released on their album Hologram.

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" single[4]
Radio Version (A-side)
No. Title Length
1. "Trapped (Vocal Version)""   4:13
2. "Trapped (Dub Version)"   4:06
3. "Trapped (A Cappella Version)"   4:16
Dance Version (B-side)
No. Title Length
1. "Trapped (Vocal Version)"   6:30
2. "Trapped (Dub Version)"   6:44

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[5] #1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[5] #1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 20
UK Singles Chart #3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 22. 
  2. ^ Marradonna's "Out Of My Head" from YouTube
  3. ^ "Hell Interface Sample". WhoSampled. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Trapped - Coloned Abrams at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Colonel Abrams - Billboard singles on Allmusic". Retrieved August 15, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Shout" by Tears for Fears
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 7, 1985
Succeeded by
"Eight Arms to Hold You" by Goon Squad