Trapped (Colonel Abrams song)

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

"Trapped" is a single released by American musician 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.

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 20 on the soul chart.[1] Overseas, it went to number three on the UK Singles Chart.

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.[2]

On the October 9, 2014 episode of BBC television program Mock the Week, Abrams track "Trapped" featured as a large constituent of a section concerning the use of Private Browsing, in which comedians Dara Ó Briain (hosting), and Ed Byrne (panelist) could not stop laughing during its recording.[3]

In 2014, the track was sampled by Belgium band The Subs in their cover of the track, reaching the charts, and released on their album Hologram.[citation needed]

Mike Stock of Stock Aitken Waterman claims that "Trapped" was a big influence on the 1987 Rick Astley smash hit "Never Gonna Give You Up".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Radio Version (A-side)
1."Trapped (Vocal Version)""4:13
2."Trapped (Dub Version)"4:06
3."Trapped (A Cappella Version)"4:16
Dance Version (B-side)
1."Trapped (Vocal Version)"6:30
2."Trapped (Dub Version)"6:44

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[6] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[6] 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. ^ "Hell Interface Sample". WhoSampled. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dara O'Briain tries to explain Private Browsing but can't stop laughing". Mock the Week. BBC. October 9, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jonze, Tim (28 March 2017). "'I crawled on my knees to Kylie' – the inside story of Stock, Aitken and Waterman". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Trapped - Coloned Abrams at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Colonel Abrams - Billboard singles on Allmusic". Retrieved August 15, 2011. 

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