A Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now (Extended) 7:01 Mixed By – Pete Hammond Producer – Stock, Aitken & Waterman
B1 Dream City 4:55
B2 Want You To Want Me 3:31
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” is a song performed by British singer Samantha Fox and written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman (SAW). It was released as the first single from Samantha’s eponymous second album, Samantha Fox, in the spring of 1987. The single became Fox’s third and final top ten single in the United Kingdom, peaking at number eight in June. In the United States, the single was released in the fall of 1987 and reached only number 80 that October. It was a top 10 hit in continental Europe and also reached number 22 in Australia.
Background and writing
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” was recorded after Fox’s label heavily lobbied SAW to record with the singer, who the trio had previously vowed not to work with due to her topless modelling past. The producers agreed to record with Fox after being impressed with her during an initial meeting, with Stock then writing lyrics inspired by Fox’s comments to him about wanting to break free of her manager father. Stock wrote most of the lyrics with Fox sitting beside him at the console, a process interrupted for a few hours when she spilt a cup of tea onto the mixing desk. Fox and her manager father insisted on the inclusion of a guitar solo, which was added – but the sound was simulated with a synthesiser. Fox never knew the guitar was simulated until 2022, expressing her shock at the revelation.
The accompanying music video for the song was filmed in Marbella, Spain. Samantha Fox is shown using several forms of locomotion including a Sunseeker XPS 34 motorboat, a horse, an Alfa Romeo Spider, a Cessna Skymaster, and a BMX bike. She is also shown beside (and in) an outdoor swimming pool, wearing a “zebra-print” one-piece bathing suit with high-heeled shoes. Fox had never ridden a horse before the shoot and had only just qualified for her driver’s license, having never driven a manual car before, despite the video requiring her to drive on steep mountain roads.
In ironic review of 23 May 1987 for Number One John Aizlewood said that this song is completely similar to “other hits” of the singer and proposed to change profession to bar maid. Reviewer of american magazine Cashbox expressed opposite opinion assured that “this upbeat dance tune” will “generate instant dance club notoriety. Retrospectively, in 2021, British magazine Classic Pop ranked the song number 40 in their list of ‘Top 40 Stock Aitken Waterman songs’, adding: “Page 3 girl Samantha Fox, the pin-up on many a pre-pubescent teen’s bedroom wall, was hardly the pop sophisticate, but SAW gave her an exceptionally big hit with this inspiriting UK No.8.
- UK / EU 12″ single
- “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” (Extended Version) – 7:01
- “Dream City” – 4:55
- “Want You to Want Me” – 3:31