Escape Club

Paradise (Boston, MA)

Nov 23, 1988

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  1. 1 Who Do You Love? 04:33
  2. 2 Jealousy 03:42
  3. 3 The Longest Day 04:56
  4. 4 Shout The Walls Down 04:07
  5. 5 White Fields 04:13
  6. 6 Shake For The Sheik 05:38
  7. 7 Only The Rain 03:12
  8. 8 Goodbye Joey Rae 05:25
  9. 9 Walking Through Walls 06:42
  10. 10 Wild, Wild West 09:27
  11. 11 Telegram Sam 04:14
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Trevor Steel - lead vocals
John Holliday - guitar
Milan Zekavica - drums
John Christo - bass

Emerging from the ashes of two London based club bands in the late mid 1980s, Escape Club was initially ignored in its native U.K. Their first album was rejected by EMI, who had signed them; they recorded another, which was also passed on. Eventually, the band ended up on Atlantic Records, where they found tremendous success with the title track to their second album, The Wild Wild West.

The momentum produced by that song sent the band to the Top 20 both in the States and abroad. MTV jumped on the Western-themed music video and put it into heavy rotation. By Christmas of 1988, they had a gold album and a gold single, and become a solid touring club and small theater act. Members of the band were all amazing musicians, especially the overtly charismatic vocalist Trevor Steel, and guitarist John Holliday. They had a minor hit with a follow up, "Shake For The Sheik," and tried four years later with a second studio album, but by then, the momentum was clearly gone.

This show was recorded while the band was in their performing and recording prime. They play with incredible passion and seem genuinely grateful that American new wave audiences had so warmly accepted them. Steel offers an outstanding vocal performance and should have had the goods to be a successful solo artist after Escape Club disbanded. Highlights of this Boston show include "The Longest Day," "Shake For The Sheik," "Wild Wild West," "Walking Through The Walls" and a great re-make of the T-Rex classic "Telegram Sam."