Breakout (Swing Out Sister song)

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Single by Swing Out Sister
from the album It's Better to Travel
B-side "Dirty Money"
Released 1986
Genre Sophisti-pop[1]
Length 3:48
Label Mercury Records
Producer(s) Paul Staveley O'Duffy
Swing Out Sister singles chronology
"Blue Mood"

"Blue Mood"

"Breakout" is a single from British act Swing Out Sister's debut album It's Better to Travel.

The single reached the number four position in the UK in the autumn of 1986, and rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number one on the Adult Contemporary in the US in 1987. The song also resulted in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

The single was written and performed while the group was still a trio. It was one of their biggest hits, and the song most closely associated with the act. In the US, "Breakout" remains a staple of adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio station playlists.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Breakout" features lead singer Corinne Drewery as a fashion designer, who with the assistance of the other two band members designs and makes her own dress, and later makes a successful runway debut modelling it. During the first chorus, when Andy Connell and Martin Jackson appear, Drewery looks at them strangely. It was directed by Nick Willing.


German 7" Single

  1. "Breakout" (Album Version/7" Version) – 3:46 Brass by Phantom Horns (Gary Barnacle, John Thirkell, Peter Thoms and Luke Tunney)
    Also available from the CD album "It's Better to Travel".
  2. "Dirty Money" – 3:36

UK 12" Single

  1. "Breakout" (N.A.D. Mix)
    As featured on the 1992 Japanese 'Special Edition' CD Album "Swing Out Singles"
  2. "Breakout" (A New Rockin' Version)
    Taken from the 1987 CD release of "It's Better to Travel" (mislabeled as the NAD Mix), featured in the 2012 2-CD release of "It's Better to Travel", featured on both the Japanese CD Albums "Another Non-Stop Sister" and "Swing 3"
  3. "Breakout" (Horny Version)
    As featured on the Japanese CD Album "Another Non-Stop Sister"

US 12" Promo Single

  1. "Breakout" (Extended Re-Mix)
  2. "Breakout" (Hornamental)
  3. "Breakout" (Carnival Mix)
    As featured on the VERY 'Limited Edition' Japanese CD "Remixes and Others" from the "Splendid Collection"
  4. "Breakout" (7" Re-Mix)

Other uses[edit]

The song appears on Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, playing on the fictional radio station Vice City FM.

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


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