64 thoughts on “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” is an abomination, and that Rupert…

  1. Yes! It’s fucking bonkers! Such a specific artifact of the time it was written. I mean, his wife (or maybe his girlfriend) is his “old lady,” for chrissakes. It’s awash in this idealized, post-Free-Love, casual sex mythology of the ’70s. It could have only been written in the ’70s.

  2. They were both cheating. One of them wrote the ad and the other responded to it. Couples have often been brought closer by infidelity in a culture that offers very few socially acceptable options for dealing with marital strife or dissatisfaction. It wasn’t by any means a perfect answer, but it was an answer, and it worked for them.

    It’s fine that you find it personally distasteful, of course. That says as much about you as it does the song. But you knew that 😉

  3. I mean, Mark clearly has a strong personal bias, and that’s cool, but you’re just making a blanket statement about nature, and i just can’t let that pass without appealing to a higher authority.

    By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, i summon Ron Edwards​, general of twelve legions and prince over the sphere of natural law.

  4. As soon as i posted that i was like, oh wait, Ron doesn’t know how to internet, he won’t engage in nonproductive argumentation like a proper citizen of the digital age. =P

    In the absence of higher authority, my answer is that if humans do it, it’s natural.

  5. I’ll happily engage in the musical snobbery part of this. We’re all friends here and I assume good faith from anyone who would post in one of Mark’s posts. 😉

    I’m a MUCH bigger film buff than music buff. I’ll engage in extreme film snobbery and clutch my pearls when the cinematic heathens profess their love for Transformers 23 or The Force Awakens. So as the musical heathen, I’m both a bit embarrassed and, again, impishly gleeful to say that I kinda sorta like the guitar tone. Is it the part of the song that’s played by the lead? It almost sounds like a synthesizer, but it’s probably a guitar fed through a pedal or two?

    I know you’re a guitar guy, Mark, so I feel your pain very slightly. Are there other songs that have the same tone that you also dislike? Even better, are there songs that use that tone that you do like?

  6. Transformers 23 or The Force Awakens. So as the musical heathen, I’m both a bit embarrassed and, again, impishly gleeful to say that I kinda sorta like the guitar tone. Is it the part of the song that’s played by the lead? It almost sounds like a synthesizer, but it’s probably a guitar fed through a pedal or two? I know you’re a guitar guy, Mark, so I feel your pain very slightly. Are there other songs that have the same tone that you also dislike? Even better, are there songs that use that tone that you do like?]]>

  7. Dave Turner It’s a tone I’ve used in ignorance in the past, which is basically “Hey, I have no idea how to use a chorus pedal.” It’s one of the ugliest guitars sounds to my ears. I’m assuming since this was the last #1 hit of the ’70s, it was the novelty of the pedal at the time, combined with the particulars of the soft-rock studio setup.

    In all, a recipe​ for DISASTER.