Friday, August 3, 2018

The great 'Escape'

An audio version of "I Can't Escape Myself," the first track from the Sound's 1980 debut album Jeopardy. An under-appreciated band.


Brian said...

That's what I would call a "pretty cool song." But I would find it hard to get up and dance to a tune that I interpret to be about self-hatred. Or maybe it's about a guy with a terminal disease. Anyway, it would not be on my ipod rotation. There was a song "I hate myself for loving you" performed by John Jett And The Blackheart with Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones playing the guitar solo, but that is as close to a chart hit for a self-loathing song I can think of. It got to #8 on the Billboard 100 in 1988.

Grieve said...

Adrian Borland, the band's lead singer, suffered from depression. He killed himself in 1999 age age 41.

Brian said...

The song describes some the disturbing aspects of depression. I guess I should not be surprised, he was singing about what he knew. (Writing about what he knew, if he was the lyricist.) Feeling like you want to escape yourself is a terrifying way to exist. I hope that someone took this as a call for help at the time and got him some professional guidance.

sophocles said...

"...but that is as close to a chart hit for a self-loathing song I can think of."
HURT, the Nine Inch Nails' song made great by Johnny Cash, comes to mind:

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt.

Unknown said...

The Sound are criminally under-appreciated. Never made a bad record, and their list of stunners is long. They were deserving of success and should have been as big as U2, The Cure, and Echo.

JamesChanceOfficial said...

Adrian was a sweet man who suffered from being bipolar. And I agree with Rob above - criminally under-appreciated. Kudos to EVG for posting this.