Escape (the pina colada song) by Rupert Holmes vs. Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson

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"If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain"... that is a catchy little em-ef, but I gotta go with "So sha la la la la la my lady, In the sun with your dress undone" that song just gives me chills and I don't know why. Like the first guy, Rupert, he's tired of his lady and combing the personal ads and his lady ends up being the personal ad that he answers whereas Jay here, Jay is out there gettin it done on Thunder Island. What a man.

p.j. (Henry), Saturday, 31 July 2004 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the start-and-stop pendulate rhythm of "Escape" better.

And songs with parenthitical titles are always fun.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 31 July 2004 14:47 (fourteen years ago) link

When he says "goodbye Thunder Island" toward the end of the song I get this wistful feeling. I just heard it on our Muzak at work and it worked on me, the way oft-played pop music aural furniture...

p.j. (Henry), Saturday, 31 July 2004 15:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Ferguson, hands down. I find it hard to give Holmes a pass even in light of "Timothy."

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Sunday, 1 August 2004 08:06 (fourteen years ago) link

escape for fucks sake!! if you like pina colonics and getting caught in the rain, passing out in the ocean...

purple patch (electricsound), Sunday, 1 August 2004 08:45 (fourteen years ago) link

da real one - "u like pina coladas"!

cinniblount (James Blount), Sunday, 1 August 2004 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Rupert Holmes if for nothing the clip of him singing "The Pina COlada Song" on Solid Gold is one of the best pieces of unintentional humor ever created. It looks like a sketch off of 70s Saturday Night Live, something with Michael O'Donoghue.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Sunday, 1 August 2004 14:48 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

In "Escape", why does the narrator take out an advert to respond to the original advert, rather than contact the PO box advert presumably printed at the bottom of said original advert?

Peter "One Dart" Manley (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Sunday, 23 November 2008 00:12 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Listening to "Thunder Island" for the first time now and it is SO FUCKIN AWESOME! How did the Stones get away with such a blatant rip for "Start Me Up" though?

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 21 March 2010 18:30 (nine years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Oh, but "Escape" is really ropey - the chorus is good but the twist ending is funny exactly once and there are some CLUNKY lyrics along the way, forcing rhymes where it should have been possible to come up with something or other. OOf.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 3 March 2011 05:52 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...


Doctor Casino, Thursday, 12 January 2012 07:26 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Ha! I knew there'd be a thread for this. Here's me "singing" Pina Colada at my 30th wedding anniversary. Enjoy?

Ned Trifle X, Monday, 13 May 2019 19:14 (two months ago) link

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