The Escape Club was an English rock band based in London and formed in 1983
The band consisted of lead singer/rhythm guitarist Trevor Steel, guitarist John Holliday, bassist Johnnie Christo and drummer Milan Zekavica.
In 1986, they signed with EMI and recorded the album White Fields which was released in 1987.
Later in 1987 the group moved to Atlantic Records for their next album, Wild Wild West. The album was released in the summer of 1988. The first single, "Wild, Wild West" climbed to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the song's distinctive video received a lot of MTV airplay.
In 1989 they released two further singles from Wild Wild West; "Shake For The Sheik", which climbed to no. 28, and "Walking Through Walls", which peaked at no. 81. Hitting their stride, The Escape Club had a cover single of The Doors' "20th Century Fox" on the The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era which also received long airplay on MTV. The band's official website reports that the song was produced by Ray Manzarek.
In 1990, the band returned to the studio to record their what would be their final album, Dollars & Sex which saw a March 1991 release. The first single, "Call It Poison" failed to crack the U.S. Top 40 which did not bode well for the quartet. Just when it seemed they would be considered a one-hit wonder, Atlantic Records next released the song "I'll Be There". The group said the song was heavily influenced by the 1990 box office hit movie Ghost. "I'll Be There" reached no. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded in 1992.
Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
"Wild, Wild West" is a song by The Escape Club from their similarly named debut album,Wild Wild West. The single hit the charts in late 1988 eventually reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of November 12, 1988, making The Escape Club the only British artist to have a #1 hit in America while never charting in the UK.
Forty seven dead beats living in the back street
north east west south all in the same house
sitting in a back room waiting for the big boom
I'm in a bedroom waitng for my baby
She's so mean but I don't care
I love her eyes and her wild wild hair
dance to the beat that we love best
heading for the nineties
living in the wild wild west
the wild wild west
Mandy's in the backroom handing out valium
sheriff's on the airwaves talking to the D.J.'s
Forty seven heartbeats beating like a drum
got to live it up live it up
Ronnie's got a new gun
Now put your flags in the air and march them up and down
you can live it up live it up all over the town
and turn to the left, turn to the right
I don't care as long as she comes tonight
Heading for the nineties living in the eighties
screaming in a back room waiting for the big boom
give me give me wild west
give me give me safe sex
give me love give me love
give me time to live it up