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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Blazer, Sep 30, 2020.
This an amazing/great album, which even few Squeeze fans typically discuss.
Hell yeah the songwriting. Made 19 years old me want to be a swaggering, post punk British tough in every seedy local in London.
I got to see them in 1985. I barely knew anything about them so when they played all those great songs with Glenn Tilbrook singing and playing so well, it made a big impression.
I heard Good Girls Don't on the radio the other day.
I'd never noticed what a Power Pop masterpiece it is.
Recently decided to put a sheet together for us to have a look at "Tempted". Lyrically so clever, but to play in their key B Major with several flatted chords IIIb, VIb & VIIb! ughhh
Whilst doing it I convinced myself a keyboard player did the music, ie Jools, but no he'd left by then and it turns out Tilbrook did the music and Difford the lyrics .... But great band.
Despite being around at the time I somehow missed out on "Tempted" until around 10 or 15 years ago. Back in the late 70's early 80's Squeeze were "Cool for cats", "Pulling mussels from the shell", "Up the junction", "Black coffee in bed", "Is that love" and "Another nail in my heart". No doubt there are a lot more gems for me to discover.
I think Squeeze was great. Every one you mentioned, great. But I realize I have a sort of blind spot. I see all these bands as 1980 or thereabouts. There's a sad period from maybe 1974-1978 when music wasn't up to previous standards. IMO. I took a vacation for paying close attention; guys like XTC and Squeeze were like an alarm clock, and the alarm went off for at least a year before I fell out of bed and got my wits about me again. In my brain, this rebirth doesn't fully happen until maybe late 1980.
Anyway, this band hadn't fallen off of my radar. If they're not as fully remembered as they should be, it could be because they had so many different people singing leads. It blurs their identity.
Wow, it's a measure of how spoiled we were that we were able to look at 74-78 as somehow substandard.
If we only knew what was coming in the 80s . . .
I’d agree on the 74-78 thing. I plugged that hole with Waylon and Willie and other alt-country thanks to a friend from Texas.
Then in 78 I found Dave E and Nick Lowe. That opened the floodgates to other British power pop and then the punk came. Squeeze was definitely in the playlist.
All that stuff holds up well after 40 years. Hard to believe it’s been that long...
This is true. I did a short tour segment with a singer opening for him a few years ago (California, wineries and whatnot) and I was really impressed by what a great player he is (and a fine gentleman, as well...)
You closed with an excellent point. I asked myself 'who is the face of Squeeze' and drew blanks.
Criminally underrated lead playing too. Just a masterful band.
Could never forget them. Missed them here last year and really, really regret it.
Any of you folks across the pond catch them in Tunbridge Wells last week? Wife's cousin lives there, great town...
In my opinion, Mr. Tilbrook is the face, and voice of Squeeze.
I love Difford and Carrack, too, but GT got all the gifts!
Squeeze is a great band ....this isn't Squeeze, but Glen Tilbrook with Elvis and The Attractions .... great fun
Funny, that you post this from the UK.
Around 1980, I took off on a heavy rotation of UK and Irish bands. The Jam, Roxy Music, and just scores and scores of others. I think it was an absolutely amazing decade, neck and neck with the 1963-1971 period I would say. Just amazing. The Associates, Orange Juice, Teardrop Explodes, U2, Microdisney. Simple Minds, Echo and the Bunnymen. James. Gene Loves Jezebel, Psychedelic Furs. Aztec Camera. Prefab Sprout. Cure. Thanks to those on the right side of the Atlantic (and also some in AUS/NZ) the 1980s were saved and then some.
Totally agree. The lyrics remind me of John Osbourne's play Look Back In Anger for some reason...and the verses after the key change are a total gut punch.
Right up there with Ray Davies and Elvis Costello...and yeah, Lennon and McCartney.
I had the pleasure of seeing Squeeze before fame set in back in the 70's, when they were famous and a couple of times in the last few years. For me they only ever got better, especially I may add when Jools left. They were and are a friendly bunch, and their talent is well underestimated