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Encyclopedia > Escape (song)

"Escape" (later known as "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)") was the highest-charting hit for Rupert Holmes. The song was also number one at the end of the 1970's and at the begining of the 1980's. To this day, Holmes regards the song with a mixture of pride and chagrin; while it has made him wealthy and famous, as one of his friends described it, it is "the success that ruined his career", drawing attention from his more serious and heartfelt musical works. Contrary to what many people may believe, this is NOT a Jimmy Buffett song. Nor has he EVER covered it on any of his albums. Piña Colada (Spanish, strained pineapple : piña, pineapple + colada, strained) is a sweet, rum-based cocktail containing light rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. ... Rupert Holmes (born February 24, 1947 in Northwich, Cheshire, England) is a composer and writer who grew up in the northern New York City suburb of Nanuet, New York, and attended nearby Nyack High School. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Contents

Story

The song speaks, in three verses and three choruses, of a man who, disenchanted with his current relationship, reads the personals and spots an ad that catches his attention: the ad of a woman seeking someone who, among other things, must like piña coladas.


His interest grabbed, he writes back and arranges to meet with the woman "at a bar called O'Malley's", only to find upon the meeting that his new lover is his current lover.


The song ends on an upbeat note, showing that the two lovers realized they have more in common than they suspected, and that they do not have to look any further than each other for what they seek in a relationship.


Origins

Contrary to the belief of some, the inspiration for "Escape" did not come from a similar event happening to Holmes. Recorded for 1979's Partners in Crime, the song came from an unused track for which Holmes wrote temporary lyrics (that version, "The Law of The Jungle," was released as part of his 2005 Cast of Characters box set), and the lyrics were inspired by a want-ad he read while idly perusing the personals. As Holmes put it, "I thought, what would happen to me if I answered this ad? I'd go and see if it was my own wife who was bored with me." The chorus originally started with "if you like Humphrey Bogart", which Holmes changed at the last minute, replacing the actor with the name of the first exotic cocktail he could think of (ironically, he doesn't care for them -- he once noted on TV's Uncle Floyd Show that they tasted like Kaopectate). The choice was a good one, it improved the scansion of the chorus immeasurably and made the song into an instant earworm. The rest was history. For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Partners in Crime (1979), an album by Rupert Holmes, includes the hits Him and the Billboard #1 hit of December 1979 and January 1980. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ... Floyd Vivino aka Uncle Floyd (b. ... Kaopectate , Kaolin and Pectinis an orally taken medication from Pfizer for the treatment of mild diarrhoea. ... In literature, meter or metre (sometimes known as prosody) is a term used in the scansion (analysis into metrical patterns) of poetry, usually indicated by the kind of feet and the number of them. ... Earworm, a loan translation of the German Ohrwurm, is a term for a song stuck in ones head, particularly an annoying one. ...


Career

After its release as a single, the song became immediately popular, though sales were slow due to the song's actual title, "Escape" going unnoticed in the place of the oft-repeated cocktail. Holmes reluctantly agreed to rename the song "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". The song shot up through the charts, becoming the last number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit of the 1970s and the first of the 1980s, and has made appearances in such movies as Shrek, Bewitched, The Sweetest Thing and Mars Attacks!. While Holmes has since had a successful career as a playwright and novelist, and fans feel affection for his other musical works, this song remains his most recognizable trademark. Holmes himself joked "No matter what else I do, my tombstone will be a giant pineapple." A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... This article is about a film. ... This article is about an American television sitcom. ... For the Juice Newton song, see The Sweetest Thing (Ive Ever Known). ... Mars Attacks! is a comedy science fiction film by Tim Burton based on the popular card series Mars Attacks. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ...

Preceded by
"Babe" by Styx
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
First time: December 22, 1979January 12, 1980
Succeeded by
First: "Please Don't Go" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Second: "Rock with You" by Michael Jackson

Babe is a song on Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Please Dont Go was a song recorded and released in 1979 on the KC and the Sunshine Band album Do You Wanna Go Party. ... KC and the Sunshine Band KC and the Sunshine Band is an American musical group. ... Rock with You was a successful single released by singer Michael Jackson in late 1979. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ...

Covers

  • Performed by Jimmy Buffett in many live performances, never recorded.

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External links

  • "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" at songfacts.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Escape (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (430 words)
"Escape" (later known as "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)") was the highest-charting hit for Rupert Holmes, and is one of the most easily-recognized songs of the past few decades.
To this day, Holmes regards the song with a mixture of pride and chagrin; while it has made him wealthy and famous, as one of his friends described it, it is "the success that ruined his career", drawing attention from his more serious and heartfelt musical works.
After its release as a single, the song became immediately popular, though sales were slow due to the song's actual title, "Escape" going unnoticed in the place of the oft-repeated cocktail.
Escape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (229 words)
Escape is the act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
A somewhat related concepts are the escape character and escape sequence.
Escape is a song by Muse off their album Showbiz.
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