Road to Nowhere


Road to Nowhere

Infobox Single
Name = Road to Nowhere


Artist = Talking Heads
from Album = "Little Creatures"
B-side = "Give Me Back My Name"
Released = 1985
Format = 7" single
Recorded = October 1984-March 1985
Genre = New Wave
Length = 4:19
Label = Sire Records
Writer = David Byrne/Chris Franz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth
Producer = Talking Heads
Certification =
Chart position = * #6 (UK Singles Chart)
* #16 (Australia ARIA Charts)
* #25 (US "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Tracks)
Last single = "The Lady Don't Mind" (1985)
This single = "Road to Nowhere" (1985)
Next single = "And She Was" (1985)
Misc =
"Road to Nowhere" is a song by Talking Heads, from the 1985 album "Little Creatures". It also appeared on "Best of Talking Heads", "", 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 singles chart.

The video, released to promote the single, 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.

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.

In popular culture

"Road to Nowhere" is heard during the ending of the 1985 movie The Peanut Butter Solution, the 1989 film "Little Monsters", and the 2008 film "Religilous". It is also featured in the 1994 film "Reality Bites". It was also featured on an advert for the 2006 final of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!".

Cover Versions

* The Kalamazoo, Michigan based bluegrass band Greensky Bluegrass recorded a version of this tune on their 2007 release Live At Bell's.

* The British Indie Rock band Editors covered the song for a Napster Session and relased it as a B-Side to the re-issue of their single Blood.


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