The Escape Club was an English rock band based in London and formed in 1983. The band was composed of former Mad Shadows members' lead singer/rhythm guitarist Trevor Steel and guitarist John Holliday, along with former Expressos members bassist Johnnie Christo (a.k.a. John Christoforou) and drummer Milan Zekavica. Zekavica had also previously played with Steel and Holliday on an album by the obscure early 80s New Wave outfit, Planning by Numbers.
In 1986, they signed with EMI and recorded the album White Fields, which was released in 1987.
Later in 1987, the group moved to Atlantic Records for their next album, Wild Wild West. The album was released in the summer of 1988. The first single, "Wild, Wild West" climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the song's distinctive video received a lot of MTV airplay. However it was banned from being used in their homeland for being sexist and offensive.
In 1989, they released two more singles from Wild Wild West: "Shake for the Sheik," which climbed to #28, and "Walking Through Walls," which peaked at #81. The Escape Club's cover single of The Doors' "20th Century Fox" appeared on the The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era, which also received airplay on MTV. The band's official website reported that the song was produced by Ray Manzarek.
In 1990, the band returned to the studio to record what would be their final album, Dollars & Sex, which saw a March, 1991 release. The first single, "Call It Poison" failed to crack the US Top 40. Atlantic Records then released the song "I'll Be There," which the group said was heavily influenced by the death of a friend's wife. The song has become an anthem among those who have experienced losses of their own. "I'll Be There" reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved gold status in the U.S. The group disbanded in 1992. The Escape Club is the only British band to have a #1 hit in the U.S., but not chart at all in the UK.
Trevor Steel and John Holliday reunited in 2010 for a new album and a handful of live shows, and plan to release a new studio album in early 2011. Their current online presence is the band's Facebook page, where they post updates regularly.