R. Dean Taylor

Indiana Wants Me

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Famous largely for being pretty much the only white guy to have a solo hit on Motown (the Toronto-born Taylor had previously been a staff writer/producer for the label as part of the Clan and the Corporation, the post-Holland/Dozier/Holland teams Berry Gordy created to avoid giving too much credit to his underlings), R. Dean Taylor's sole US Top 40 hit, the on-the-run tale "Indiana Wants Me," has more in common with the likes of Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died" or David Geddes' "Run Joey Run" than the Supremes or the Temptations. Over a folk-rockish tune supported by prominent strings and sound effects of sirens and police bullhorns, Taylor sings a letter to the wife and child he left behind when he had to go on the lam after murdering a guy who had insulted her. Seems like a counter-productive action, but hey, if he was wanted for some unpaid parking tickets, there wouldn't have been a song. A song it's difficult not to like in spite of its remarkable cheesiness, "Indiana Wants Me" belongs on any themed mix CD of '70s crime and punishment songs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1970 Rare Earth 3:15
20 Hard-to-Find Motown Classics, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Motown
70's Gold 1987
Various Artists
Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood 3:12
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vols. 1-4 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Rock & Roll Years: 1970 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 3:10
63 Hits from the Sensational Seventies 1993
Various Artists
Fat Records
Super Hits, Vol. 5 [Hollywood] 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood
The Super 70's, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Dominion 3:10
Hits from the 70's [Fat Boy] 1995
Various Artists
Fat Boy 3:13
Precious & Few 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:53
70's Rock [Madacy 1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:11
70's Radio Hits, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 3:42
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:53
No. 1 Hits of the 70's [Rebound] 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:47
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 70 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
The Greatest Hits of the 70s [Platinum 2003 #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:06
More Fabulous 70's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:39
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 1 - 6 1999
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Motown 3:54
Drowning Mona 2000
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 3:46
Sensational '70s [2000/Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:08
Sensational '70s [2000/Green] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:08
The Essential Collection 2001 Polygram 3:46
Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Audio / Spectrum Music 3:45
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Platinum 2001 3 CD] 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:06
Singers & Songwriters: 1970-1974 [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
One Hit Wonders & Hard to Find Classics 2003
Various Artists
Goldies 3:08
One Hit Wonders 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:06
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #1] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:06
Hits of the 70's [Pegasus] 2003
Various Artists
Pegasus 3:10
On the Road Again [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 3:09
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1971 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:54
Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:46
Hard to Find Hits of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 3:08
Original Oldie Night 2005
Various Artists
Choice of Music 3:43
Journey Through the 70's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:09
70s Music Explosion: Escape 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Disky Friends Reunited 1971 2006
Various Artists
Universal/Spectrum 3:54
Very Best of 70's Radio Classics 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:42
#1 Hits: Classic 70s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:46
Barry Williams Presents: 70s Music Explosion 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
70s Music Explosion [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10: 1970 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O Select 3:35
Great Seventies Collection 2008
Various Artists
Red X
No Image 2008 K-Tel 3:06
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:06
Motown Chartbusters: Five Classic Albums
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Party Rock: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:06
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Total Hits, Vol. 2 [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
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