The Escape (band)

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The Escape
The Escape-1982.jpg
The Escape - Bristol 1982
Background information
Origin Bristol, England
Genres New wave
Years active 1981–1984
Labels Volatile, Phonogram/Mercury, Bristol Archive Records
Associated acts Apartment, Tears For Fears
Website The Escape info at Bristol Archive Records
Past members Alan Griffiths
Stuart Morgan

The Escape were an English new wave band from Bristol, formed in 1981 by Alan Griffiths (vocals/guitar) and Emil (drums) from Apartment with bassist Stuart Morgan.

They released one single "NoGo" / "I'll Pretend To Kill You" in 1982 on their own Volatile Records label.[1] In early 1983 they were signed by Phonogram Records and released two further singles. In late 1983 the band toured as the support act for Tears For Fears this expanded touring line up included guest keyboardist/backing vocalist Nicky Holland along with Pat Tedd on guitar and Peter Evans on drums.However, success eluded them and the band split up in late 1984. Both Holland and Griffiths went on to tour with Tears For Fears in 1985 on The Big Chair world tour, and both would become highly involved with the band (Holland co-wrote most of 1989's The Seeds of Love album, and Alan Griffiths later co-wrote and co-produced Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995), as well as Roland Orzabal's 2001 solo album Tomcats Screaming Outside).

Stuart Morgan went on to become a bass tech for U2.[2][3]

In 2008 Bristol Archive Records released a downloadable album by The Escape called Is Nothing Sacred.[4]

Sadly Alan Griffiths died on 23 March 2017 after a short illness. A tribute to him is at



  • "NoGo" / "I'll Pretend To Kill You" (1982, Volatile Records, UK, 7", FIRE 1)
  • "Amsterdam" / "Girl In The Phone Box" (1983, Phonogram Records, UK, 7",Scape 1)
  • "Russian Lady" / "Freezer" (1984, Phonogram Records, UK, 7",PH 3)


  • Is Nothing Sacred (2008, Bristol Archive, UK, Download, ARC064)
  1. Eden
  2. Twenty Four Hours
  3. The Retrospect
  4. I'll Pretend To Kill You
  5. NoGo
  6. The Difference Between
  7. Unknown War
  8. Desolation
  9. Truth Drug
  10. Girl In The Phone Box
  11. Murder
  12. Is Nothing Sacred
  13. Silent Running

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