Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker

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Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker
Fire Escape in the Sky - Scott Walker.jpg
Compilation album by Scott Walker
Released 1981
Recorded 1967 - 1970
Genre Pop, baroque pop
Label Zoo Records
Producer John Franz
with Peter Olliff (tracks 4, 5 and 8)
Scott Walker chronology
We Had It All
(1974)We Had It All1974
"Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker"
Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel
(1981)Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel1981

Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker is a compilation album of previously released Scott Walker material, compiled by Julian Cope and released by Zoo Records (catalogue no. Zoo Two) in 1981, the album's title, Fire Escape in the Sky, is taken from the lyrics of the song "Big Louise" from Walker's album Scott 3.

According to Cope in the 30 Century Man documentary, the album's plain, neutral grey sleeve was designed to allow people to enjoy Walker's music without feeling they were buying into "some dodgy 60's MOR icon".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Scott Engel, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Such a Small Love"    
2. "Big Louise"    
3. "Little Things (That Keep Us Together)" Scott Walker, Ady Semel  
4. "Plastic Palace People"    
5. "Girls From the Streets"    
6. "It's Raining Today"    
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Seventh Seal"  
8. "The Amorous Humphrey Plugg"  
9. "Angels of Ashes"  
10. "Boychild"  
11. "Montague Terrace (In Blue)"  
12. "Always Coming Back to You"  


  • "Such a Small Love", "Montague Terrace (in Blue)" and "Always Coming Back to You" are from Scott (1967).
  • "Plastic Palace People", "Girls From the Streets" and "The Amorous Humphrey Plugg" are from Scott 2 (1968).
  • "Big Louise" and "It's Raining Today" are from Scott 3 (1969).
  • "Seventh Seal", "Angels of Ashes" and "Boychild" are from Scott 4 (1969).
  • "Little Things" is from 'Til the Band Comes In (1970).

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1981 Zoo Records Vinyl Zoo Two


Chart Position
UK Independent Chart[1] 14


  1. ^ Barry Lazell (2003-07-01). Indie Hits: The Complete UK Independent Charts 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-9517206-9-1.