The Getaway People

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The Getaway People
OriginStavanger, Norway
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1994–2002

The Getaway People was an alternative rock band best known for their song "Six Pacs" which was used as the theme song for the television series Young Americans.[1]


The Getaway People formed in Stavanger, Norway in 1994 with the intention to "write songs about getting away from everyday pressures through whatever means necessary to give breathing space so we can function better."[2]

The band's first album The Getaway People was released in 1998. Its first single "She Gave Me Love" received airplay from some alternative radio stations.[3] The band toured with Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies and Semisonic during this time.[2]

After signing with Columbia Records, the band released their second and final album Turnpike Diaries. Its only official single was "Six Pacs", however several tracks from the album made their way onto various soundtrack albums for films and television shows.

The band split up in 2002. Aside from an appearance at Rogafest, a large concert that took place in the band's hometown in 2008,[6] there has been no other known activity.

The band's song "Good Life" was recorded by pop singer Jesse McCartney and released as a hidden track on his debut album Beautiful Soul in 2004. A music video was released for the track in 2005.

Boots Ottestad's solo career[edit]

Former lead vocalist "Boots" Ottestad released a solo album in 2004 titled Ottestad.[6] He has also written and/or produced songs for several artists including Robbie Williams, Tim McGraw, Andy Grammer, Macy Gray, Lena, Katherine McPhee and others. Among his most successful songs are "Come Undone" by Robbie Williams (#4 UK) and "Bee" by Lena (#3 Germany).[7][8]

Since at least 2011, he has continued to record and release new music from his current hometown of Los Angeles.[9]


  • Per Kristian Ottestad (a.k.a. "Boots"): lead vocals
  • Pål Morterud (a.k.a. "Race"): bass guitar
  • Arne Hovda (a.k.a. "Honda"): keyboard/vocals
  • Espen Noreger (a.k.a. "Leroy"): percussion
  • Harald Halle: guitar (1994 - 1996)
  • Stein Bjelland (a.k.a. "Stone"): guitar (1996 - early 2000s)




  • "She Gave Me Love" (1998)
  • "Chocolate" (1998)
  • "Six Packs" (2000)


  1. ^ "The Getaway People | Free Music Videos, News, Photos, Interviews, Lyrics, Tour Dates, Ringtones | VH1". Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Billboard May 27, 2000. p. 15.
  3. ^ "The Getaway People - The Getaway People - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  4. ^ Mark Woodlief (June 23, 2000). "Young Norwegians Hope 'Young Americans' Will Be Big Break". Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "Malcolm Music". August 8, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Rogafest at Vaulen badeplass (Stavanger) on 21 May 2008 -".
  7. ^ "Boots Ottestad - Razor & Tie Music Publishing".
  8. ^ "Boots (4) Discography at Discogs".
  9. ^ "Ottestad - Boots Ottestad - Free Listening on SoundCloud".