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"Escape-ism (Part 1)"
Single by James Brown
from the album Hot Pants
B-side "Escape-ism (Part 2 & 3)"
Released 1971 (1971)
Format 7"
Genre Funk
  • 3:14 (Part 1)
  • 4:00 (Part 2 & 3)
Label People
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"I Cried"
"Escape-ism (Part 1)"
"Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)"

"Escape-ism" is a funk song by James Brown. It was Brown's first release on his own label, People Records. It charted #6 R&B and #25 Pop as a two-part single in 1971.[1] Both parts also appeared on the album Hot Pants in 1971, with the previously unreleased nineteen-minute unedited take of the track appearing on the album's 1992 CD re-release. According to Robert Christgau the song was "supposedly cut to kill time until Bobby Byrd arrived" at the studio.[2]

A live version of "Escape-ism" is included on Revolution of the Mind.


  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^