One of the eighties greatest forgotten bands: Squeeze.

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  1. Blazer

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    Squeeze are one of those bands that people won't mention in a conversation about the eighties, until you remind them that they were around. While similar bands like XTC and Crowded House (Chris Difford and Neil Finn have very similar voices too) are always mentioned.


    Paul Carrack's first major hit as a member of Squeeze, he left the band soon after as this song showed that he was perfectly capable of making it on his own too.


    How many acronyms for sex can one put into a song?




    These days Squeeze is considered the band which gave the world Jools Holland but they were so much more than just a springing board for him.
     
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    Love Squeeze. Music was good, lyrics were great.
     
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    Glenn Tilbrook puts on one of the best solo artist shows I have ever seen. World class singer, songwriter, guitarist.

     
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    I always thought of them as more of a late 70s band.

    I only point that out because I have a pathological grudge against the 80s.

    But yes, they were great. The late 70s was a great time for young masters of the pop/new wave songwriting craft, like Joe Jackson, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, The Police.
     
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    Squeeze's greatest moment IMO.

     
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    Squeeze saved the 80’s, for me.
    I love smart pop, and they’re the smartest, IMO!
     
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    the trio I was in played cool for cats in our list... I was always amazed that our singer could remember all the words... :)
     
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    I'm a fan. Great music and lyrics.
     
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    Gilson Lavis is a hard hitting, underrated drummer. I was very impressed with him the one time I saw Squeeze. Definitely a quality band.

    A couple of the videos don't show up in the US so I'm not sure if this is in the thread already, it's one of my favorites - the rockabilly-tinged "Messed Around."
     
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    Big fan. Had their own sound. Totally agree with @Blazer ... they really were an important band for the 80s, but as another poster said, there were in that late 70s early 80s span, so maybe they don't get that 80s label? Doesn't matter, awesome songwriting.

    I remember always reading (Rolling Stone, remember that mag???) that pretty much all musicians at that time mentioned Squeeze as one of their favorite bands and influences, they were really admired by fellow musicians.
     
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    I don't remember any other band consistently doubling the vocals an octave apart (helps to have a singer that can hit the high notes). "Black Coffee" was pretty big in my college days.
     
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    Love Squeeze. They were booked in my town last year but the show was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Sad.

    Dan
     
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    Can I add Graham Parker and Ian Dury to that list
     
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    Tempted has to be in my top 10 songs ever, and Phil Carrack is a tremendous vocalist.
     
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    Wore out the CD Squeeze Singles and drove my studio mates nuts in the 90's. ...and in the BAR the pianoman FOUND another nail for my HEARRRRRRRRT...
     
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    Great band....seen them a few times over the years and always great live.

    Apart from having a truly great voice Glenn Tilbrook is an underrated player, not flashy but always has the right notes to fit the song. Love how he effortlessly plays intricate guitar parts while singing totally unrelated vocal lines. Just try doing this...



    He played my local club a few years ago with his solo band and was still toting his black 70s B-Bender Tele. Very cool!
     
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    Pretty sure I have the first 5 LPs floating around. Really reminds me of the era, although the muic is timeless.

    Agree that they don't get their due (along with XTC).

    Many only know them for "Tempted", which is a shame since their catalog is so deep.
     
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    One of my favorites. I haven't gotten around to learning it yet.
    "Pulling Mussels From A Shell"
     
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