Squeeze: Classic Or Dud

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i wouldn't mind hearing it if it means improved sound quality (not that classic squeeze sounded *bad* per se -- it isn't as if they started off as some no-budget crusty-punk band). but if their idea of "improved sound quality" is the "compressed-to-an-inch-of-its-life" junk that too often passes for remastering then i can live w/t it.

keine Macht für dich mehr! (Eisbaer), Sunday, 23 May 2010 14:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

If you're a Squeeze fan and you *haven't* heard the 1992 BBC Session of Take Me I'm Yours, please do yourself a favour...

http://open.spotify.com/track/3YDGxXzhoTJdtF5mPn5jBq

piscesx, Friday, 15 October 2010 03:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

And when you're done with that, here's a song from Tilbrook's last solo album Pandemonium Ensues:

Hideous Lump, Friday, 15 October 2010 04:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

I think you guys missed the point of the "Spot the Difference" album. They re-recorded those tracks so they'd have the rights to them and could license those out instead of the ones controlled by their record company.

frogbs, Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, I bumped this because I was wondering if it's worth going past "Argybargy"

frogbs, Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, I bumped this because I was wondering if it's worth going past "Argybargy"

Well certainly "East Side Story." And I think "Play" is the equal of "Cool/Argy/East," although it took some time to reveal itself--it's definitely not as poppy as any of those.

Listen to my picks of better later Squeeze here:

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Hideous Lump, Friday, 24 June 2011 04:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

There's something inexplicably great about the lines "I'd beg for some forgiveness / but beggings not my business" in Up The Junction.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Friday, 24 June 2011 07:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

my favorite song by them right now is "Goodbye Girl", such a wonky time

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's great!

the pinefox, Monday, 27 June 2011 07:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Melody Motel is so weird.

Kim, Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Tempted is among the worst songs ever written. Utter crap, and every copy on earth should be destroyed, similar to what happened with smallpox virus.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 19 February 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 19 February 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

How's the Difford-Tillbrook solo album?

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, May 29, 2006

I heard an excerpt a few months ago -- sounds like the boys decided to record a Hall & Oates album and failed.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 February 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

The live at the Hammersmith Odeon, March 9, 1980 set on the deluxe edition of Argy Bargy is just super hot.

timellison, Monday, 21 May 2012 05:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

i really like squeeze, but i cant abide jools holland's superfluous boogie woogie breakdowns. 'cool for cats' is a prime example. needless.

dextor ellis bextor, Monday, 21 May 2012 05:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Where? There's an instrumental break in that song and then a melodic solo at the end. Neither of them strike me as "boogie woogie."

timellison, Monday, 21 May 2012 05:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

the instrumental break. it just seems crowbarred in.

dextor ellis bextor, Monday, 21 May 2012 05:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think that's how people educated by message boards describe piano playing on a Squeeze album

Morrissey & Clunes: The Severed Alliance (PaulTMA), Monday, 21 May 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just listened to that live set (I always had it, just never really bothered with it for some reason), you're right, this is really fun

I mean these guys have nothing on XTC or whoever they're usually compared to, but they are one of the most likeable bands ever, so there's that

frogbs, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I listen to Another Nail in my Heart on repeat sometimes.

Trip Maker, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Squeeze are a fucking class act, man. so much excellence.

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I LOVE SQUEEZE.

I listen to Another Nail in my Heart on repeat sometimes.

― Trip Maker, Friday, May 25, 2012 11:29 AM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I do that too, sometimes.

Oh and guess what? I'm going to see them in July! :D

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was just going to say something about Up the Junction being one of the best songs ever but thought to C&P myself first and, well:

Heard Up the Junction in the car today and god damn that is one of the best songs ever, no question. <3 <3 <3

― ★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:59 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

they're pretty killer live. i mean they did that album a couple years back where they did virtually identical re-recordings of old songs, they can play everything perfectly and Tilbrook's voice hasn't really aged any.

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awesome. I'm really excited. They're opening for the B-52s who will be fun to see and all but I bought the (fairly expensive) tickets pretty much for Squeeze alone.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Up The Junction is my all-time favorite Squeeze song, no joke.

Brony! Broni! Broné! (Phil D.), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm like the only person who likes Squeeze that doesn't really get the song. I appreciate the craft of it but I prefer the big shameless chorus stuff.

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saw them play several times in the Argybargy/E Side Story period.

Alfred, I have an autographed Difford-Tillbrook solo album if you want to make me an offer!

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 May 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to anything past Argybargy but right now I don't think they've topped "Goodbye Girl", such a cool, wonky tune

frogbs, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Vicky Verky" is the classic for me

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

^Yeah, I love that one, too.

Trip Maker, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok this Hammersmith Odeon set is good but jesus Difford singing "Mess Around" stfu

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tempted is a very, very bad song.

Poliopolice, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really love Cool For Cats, Argybargy and East Side Story, and a few selections here and there from what came after. I remember quite liking Glenn Tilbrook's solo record Transatlantic Ping Pong, too.

The first album is quite interesting though, and some of the stories surrounding its making are quite funny. John Cale apparently was so off his face he passed out during the sessions, so Jools Holland wrote "I am a cunt" on his forehead in marker. Apparently Mr. Cale was none the wiser and came into the studio STILL wearing the same slogan on his head the next day. Once he found out what the band were laughing at, he was understandably not amused and apparently he made life hell for the band for the rest of the studio time they had.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 25 May 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tempted is a very, very bad song.

It's not their greatest, but it's not terrible when Tilbrook sings it. Paul Carrack always felt like an invader in this band, and that's the reason I have issues with both East Side Story and Some Fantastic Place.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 25 May 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd rather Carrack had sang the whole thing, he's a far superior singer to Tilbrook. Tilbrook's strengths is in the way he puts his chord sequences together. Stuff like 'King George Street' features a maddening amount of chords.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Guess who I'm gonna see tonight? :D

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

i saw them open for the b-52's two weeks ago and they were both so so good

radical ferry (donna rouge), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

just gonna warn you now tho: glenn tillbrook's facial hair is really unfortunate

radical ferry (donna rouge), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

They are opening for the B-52s tonight! I'm excited about both but a little more so about Squeeze tbh. LOL re Tillbrook's facial hair. I checked out a recent clip on youtube and noticed that myself. NAGL!

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

They are playing for free in Coney Island on the 20th, with The Romantics opening.

aforementioned UFH:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/07/2012_seaside_su.html

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

band I was in opened for Squeeze in 1982.

schicksalsschlag (doo dah), Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is assume doo dah! Ok so that was awesome. They sounded great but a) donna r otm that beard is so so bad and b) middle aged white people cutting loose is sort of horrifying to watch.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like really cringe worthy and the worst part is that I AK not sure how to avoid turning into that or if it is even possible. :/

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am not I AK.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Poor Glen, one he had the good fortune to have John Lennon's looks and way with a pop song. Now he looks like Col Sanders on a bad beard day

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

that Docu was great on the bbc over the weekend. they had some MENTAL issues though.

piscesx, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

The beard is gone now btw

'Separate Lives', by Phil Collins & Marilyn Manson (PaulTMA), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

i thought chris difford looked great considering all his past indulgences.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:30 (2 years ago) Permalink


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