Escapade

Album: Rhythm Nation 1814 (1990)
Charted: 17 1
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Songfacts®:

  • Jackson was going to do a remake of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' 1965 hit "Nowhere to Run," but Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were her and producers and co-writers, suggested they do an original song with a similar beat, which meant they would keep more of the songwriting royalties. Jam and Lewis pulled the word "Escapade" from a notebook they kept of song title ideas, and came up with the track while Jackson wrote the lyrics.
  • Former New Edition member Johnny Gill contributed finger snaps.
  • The Rhythm Nation 1814 album proved that Jackson's previous release, the breakthrough Control, was not a fluke. Including this song, it brought her seven US Top 5 singles, an unheard-of number for one album. This even bested her brother Michael, whose album Thriller charted seven songs in the Top 10, but only five in the Top 5.
  • Jackson embarked on her very first concert tour - "The Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990" - the same week this song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Jimmy Jam remembered how the song came together: "While [Janet] was sitting in one room coming up with lyrics, I put it on the 24-track. We hooked the drum machine up. On my left hand I played the bass, on the right hand I played the chord. And it was just enough for her to sing to, which we do a lot. Because we like to let her sing to as minimum of a track as we can do, then fill in the track around her so that her part is the main part of the song. With 'Escapade,' she sang it and we kept saying we'll go back and redo the track... we never redid the track."

Comments: 4

  • Samantha from New York, AkWooooh! I so love it....
    tight cream.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxI think the video would have been better with a little more Vaudvillian true to the inspiration - I think they must be at Burning Man instead
  • Ben from Dallas, TxI always loved this song... it has a great beat & Janet sings it so well & so convincing. Even to this day, this song puts me in a good mood.
  • Candice from Vancouver, CanadaThis song rocks! Janet has a great voice, too.
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