Music from Guardians of the Galaxy #2 – Rupert Holmes and that Piña Colada Song!

Saturday is the day I go for my Stormfront lesson – Sounds like I’m in training to become a Marvel superhero-type figure but no, after purchasing my new Apple laptop from the local Stormfront computer shop, I thought it would be a good idea to actually learn how to use all the bells and whistles on it. It turns out you can buy a year’s Personal Trainer Card which gives you up to 200 hours of one-to-one training. No-one has ever fitted in 200 hours of training in a year to date, but I am working on being the first – Works out at 39p per session if you do, so excellent value for money (and no jokes please about the fact that I am Scottish and therefore unfairly regarded as being a bit tight with the old spondulicks).

Of course whenever anything sounds just too good to be true, it usually is, and by the time you pay for the car parking and shove in time at one of the many nearby stores (if you’ve got there a bit too early), it has already cost you about £15 before you begin but hey, it’s my new Saturday routine, and so far I’ve learnt a lot.

The shop right next door to Stormfront is Lakeland, which of course sells all sorts of highly priced but colourful kitchen accessories that you never knew you needed. Last week I ended up buying Easter egg moulds and a fancy silicon pastry brush which meant we made some dodgy homemade chocolate eggs which came out at around £10 per unit as opposed to the nice shop-bought ones that could have been purchased for a £1.

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Today I had another browse, as I had again arrived about ten minutes too early, and what was piled up on a table by the front entrance, but loads of pots of ready-made frosting (or icing as we would call it) for cup cakes. Considering I wrote about cakes and icing last Saturday for my MacArthur Park post, I had to have a proper look at these brightly packaged tubs. One of the flavours was “Piña Colada” which of course reminded me of Escape (The Piña Colada Song) released in 1979 by Rupert Holmes. Funnily enough I had already been trying to work out which song to feature next from the excellent Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack album, full of lesser-known ’70s pop fodder. Here it was falling into my lap!

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes:

I did write about this song last year as I had always thought I liked it because of the jaunty upbeat chorus. After revisiting it however I took more heed of the lyrics and realised (as often happens), that it was not really a jaunty upbeat tale at all. I even ended up having a bit of a spat with an American blogger due to our different interpretation of the lyrics. He seems to have disappeared from the blogosphere since and if it had anything to do with me I am truly sorry, but I doubt it. You need stamina to keep going with all this malarkey and it can really separate the men from the boys (or girls).

The spat came about because of our very different take on the twist to the song. After being tired of his “old lady” Rupert replies to a personal ad in a newspaper but lo and behold, who turns up for their clandestine meeting but his own “lovely lady” – What happened to the “old lady” he was so tired of?

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face
It was my own lovely lady, and she said, “Oh, it’s you”
And we laughed for a moment, and I said, “I never knew”

I know this might sound totally unreasonable but in my opinion if your other half was the person who turned up at O’Malley’s, there would be no sniggers of laughter and playful chiding about how little you knew each other, it would be curtains for the relationship. In the first place you would both have been caught out so you would become all angry and defensive, and secondly, the excitement of perhaps meeting someone with whom to plan your escape has all of a sudden dissipated. I fear there would be no turning back, from this “turn of events”.

My American blogging friend however decided that after the initial shock of finding each other at O’Malley’s, they would indeed get over it, have a laugh about it, and start to rebuild their relationship. He obviously doesn’t know Scottish women!

So, “What’s It All About?” – If you’re thinking of placing sneaky little personal ads or going down the modern day online equivalent, run it by your other half first as you just never know, they might be thinking of doing exactly the same thing! As for me, Mr WIAA has just arrived with a large glass containing a Piña Colada made with the cocktail mix I bought in the Lakeland shop today after my lesson – A pre-emptive strike is the best kind of strike but I do think that this time, I’ll give the dunes of the cape a miss!

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Escape (The Piña Colada Song) Lyrics
(Song by Rupert Holmes)

I was tired of my lady, we’d been together too long
Like a worn-out recording, of a favourite song
So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read

“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
I’m the love that you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape”

I didn’t think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean
But me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routine
So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad
And though I’m nobody’s poet, I thought it wasn’t half bad

“Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne
I’ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O’Malley’s, where we’ll plan our escape”

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face
It was my own lovely lady, and she said, “Oh, it’s you”
And we laughed for a moment, and I said, “I never knew”

“That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
You’re the love that I’ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
I’m the love that you’ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was recorded for the film of the same name and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might finally work out the answer to his question, "What's it all about?"

12 thoughts on “Music from Guardians of the Galaxy #2 – Rupert Holmes and that Piña Colada Song!”

    1. Well I’m a bit of an old romantic so I’ll not agree with that second statement although in this particular case, yes, the lyrics are, totally unrealistic.

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  1. Anyone who likes “making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape” is not someone I’d like to know. There’d be sand everywhere for a start. Secondly, rum mixed with coconut and pineapple is just plain wrong. And how heavy is this rain I’m going to be caught in? A light drizzle? Coming down in buckets? I think Rupe is very vague with some of his personal ad and if I was a female, I’d give his offer a sharp body swerve. A woman would be far better employed swotting up on computers.

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    1. Indeed – Although I am partial to the odd Pina Colada, the rest leaves me cold. Mr Holmes looked about as uncool as could have been possible back in 1979 but this was a big hit for him back then. I think it was the jaunty chorus that did it though as the lyrics for me are now just downright ridiculous!

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  2. It’s an interesting premise and I’m sure somewhere in the murky depths of our more trashy TV channels a reality series is already in production, wherein they set up disillusioned couples to do just the same thing and then film the results. Maybe it could work (not the TV series but the scenario) if you realise you’ve both been harbouring a secret hankering for Pina Colada (and the rest) yet had never admitted it to each other….maybe it could open up some role play possibilities, especially if you live near some dunes… a whole new lease of life. Probably not one recommended by marriage guidance counsellors but I’m sure stranger things have happened….
    Me – I’d never drink Pina Colada, but was once administered Pina Colada flavoured anaesthetic gel by a dentist before he put in a filling and and it helped no end!
    Your Stormfront training sounds interesting – I love your photo of it and captions.

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    1. Oh C – Kind of you to leave a comment on this throw-away post but last night I was supposed to be filling in more of the 8 page application form I have to complete to get a chance at my own job but as darling daughter noted “hashtag procrastination” set in and I ended up blogging instead. Anyway, only a few hours to finish it now and after writing my kind of blog posts, trying to be enthusiastic about financial systems and the preparation of budget monitoring statements is very hard – I’d much rather be back in Vermont!

      As for the song you are right, it could work as a trashy reality show but not one I’d watch – That sort of telly is totally off my radar nowadays thankfully. I do however like Pina Coladas as I like coconut AND I like pineapple so a pretty good cocktail for me although the sand at the dunes would make that kind of liaison a definite non-starter.

      Better get back to the application form – The Stormfront training is much more fun though and glad you liked my captions!

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  3. More 70s goodness from GoftheG soundtrack! Rupert Holmes doesn’t look like a pop star in the video. He has a good voice though, which is what counts in the long run. Inspired by your post, thinking of ordering a Piña Colada next time the cocktail is available to me! Best of luck becoming acquainted with the Apple laptop.

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    1. Well it was a very good soundtrack and I await the next one with anticipation. Not sure if this song is one of the standout ones however but it did really make me a bit cross when I revisited it last year as in real life, it would never turn out that way. Mr Holmes does not indeed look like a pop star but he apparently wrote an awful lot of songs for other people in the ’70s so this was his time at last to be in the spotlight.

      Hope you actually enjoy your Pina Colada when you order it – quite sweet but nice. The laptop training is great and will have to use some of the tricks I’m learning for the blog one of these days!

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    1. Thanks – Guessing you’re perhaps not a Marvel fan, and neither am I usually, but the GOTG film did have an exceedingly good soundtrack, full of songs familiar to people “of a certain age”. The new film is out today in the UK and I am looking forward to familiarising myself with Awesome Mix Vol 2!

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  4. My 16 year-old son LOVES that “Pina Colada” song! Our family bonded over both the movie (which was fun) and the soundtrack CD, which turned him on to some 70s pop and rock. I agree the whole premise of the song is totally cheesy but nowadays it seems almost a quaint throwback to the pre-Internet days of personal ads in a newspaper. So I guess it’s a guilty pleasure even for those of us with “half a brain”.

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    1. Yep – We also ended up having a bonding experience with my teenage daughter watching that movie, although she was well au fait with all the ’70s songs having lived with us all her life! Really looking forward to the new film now and Awesome Mix 2.

      You are right of course, although it is cheesy it is supposed to be and I am just over-analysing it. Oh to live in a world of newspaper ads again instead of the one we seem to have found ourselves in. That does make me hypocritical however as I also love the wonderful world of blogging which certainly didn’t happen back in Mr Holmes’ day. Wish we could just have the best of both worlds. Revisiting this film and soundtrack has made me look for a few old mix-tapes however – Just wish I could find my old Walkman to play them on!

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