Squeeze

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Squeeze was a New Wave band that formed in London in 1974. They are known for their hit songs "Take Me I'm Yours," "Cool For Cats," "Up The Junction," "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed," and "Hourglass," among many others.

Membership

The band's founding members were Chris Difford (guitar, vocals, lyrics), Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, music), Jools Holland (keyboards), and Paul Gunn (drums). Gilson Lavis replaced Gunn on drums and Harry Kakoulli joined on bass in 1976. Their debut album was produced by John Cale for A&M Records.

John Bentley replaced Harry Kakoulli on bass in 1979. Jools Holland was next to exit, and keyboard duties were taken over by Paul Carrack in 1980. East Side Story, perhaps Squeeze's most well-known album, was released in 1981. It was produced by Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian, and featured Carrack's lead vocals on "Tempted". However, Carrack would leave after the release of East Side Story, and was replaced by Don Snow. After Sweets From A Stranger was released in 1982, Difford and Tilbrook broke up the band.

The two songwriters continued to work together, and released one self-titled album as Difford & Tilbrook in 1984. This is not officially considered a Squeeze album, but over the years Difford and Tilbrook would become the only constant members of the band. Thus, to many fans, Difford & Tilbrook is considered the "lost" Squeeze record.

The band re-formed in 1985 with a lineup of Difford, Tilbrook, Holland, Lavis, and Keith Wilkinson on bass (Wilkinson had played on Difford & Tilbrook). Andy Metcalfe of the Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians joined the next year to supplement Holland's keyboards. His tenure with the band would last only a year.

Jools Holland left Squeeze again in 1989, and Gilson Lavis left in 1992. By this point Squeeze was basically a trade name for Difford and Tilbrook plus sidemen. Players with Squeeze during the 1990s included drummer Pete Thomas and pianist Steve Nieve of Elvis Costello's Attractions, drummer Kevin Wilkinson, guitarist Nick Harper, Don Snow, Hilaire Penda, Ashley Soan, and Jools's brother Chris Holland.

In 1999, Chris Difford announced that he was taking a hiatus from working with Tilbrook. The two embarked on solo careers, and Squeeze apparently split up for good.

Difford and Tilbrook collaborated with music journalist Jim Drury on the retrospective Squeeze: Song By Song, published in 2004.

Discography

Studio albums

Compilations/live

  • Singles - 45's and Under (compilation), Nov 1982
  • Classics, Vol. 25 (compilation), 1987
  • A Round and a Bout (live), Mar 1990
  • Greatest Hits (compilation), Apr 1992
  • Piccadilly Collection (compilation), Aug 1996
  • Excess Moderation (compilation), Nov 1996
  • Six Of One... (box set), Oct 1997
  • Master Series (compilation), Nov 1998
  • Live at the Royal Albert Hall (live), 1999
  • Up The Junction (compilation), Aug 2000
  • Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze (compilation), Jun 2002

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart US Hot 100 US Modern Rock
1977 "Packet of Three" - - - Packet of Three [Single]
1978 "Take Me, I'm Yours" #19 - - U.K. Squeeze
1978 "Bang Bang" #49 - - U.K. Squeeze
1978 "Goodbye Girl" #63 - - Cool for Cats
1979 "Cool for Cats" #2 - - Cool for Cats
1979 "Up the Junction" #2 - - Cool for Cats
1979 "Slap and Tickle" #4 - - Cool for Cats
1979 "Christmas Day" - - - Christmas Day [Single]
1980 "Another Nail in My Heart" #17 - - Argybargy
1980 "If I Didn't Love You" - - - Argybargy
1980 "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" #44 - - Argybargy
1980 "Farfisa Beat" - - - Argybargy
1981 "Is That Love" #35 - - East Side Story
1981 "Tempted" #41 #49 - East Side Story
1981 "Labelled With Love" #4 - - East Side Story
1981 "Messed Around" - - - East Side Story
1982 "Black Coffee in Bed" #51 - - Sweets From a Stranger
1982 "When the Hangover Strikes" - - - Sweets From a Stranger
1982 "I've Returned" - - - Sweets From a Stranger
1982 "Annie Get Your Gun" #43 - - Singles 45's and Under
1985 "Last Time Forever" #45 - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1985 "No Place Like Home" - - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1985 "Hits of the Year" - - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1985 "Heartbreaking World" - - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1985 "By Your Side" - - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1986 "King George Street" - - - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
1987 "Hourglass" #16 #18 - Babylon and On
1987 "Trust Me to Open My Mouth" #72 - - Babylon and On
1987 "The Waiting Game" - - - Babylon and On
1988 "853-5937" - - - Babylon and On
1988 "Footprints" - - - Babylon and On
1989 "If It's Love" - - #7 Frank
1990 "Love Circles" - - - Frank
1990 "Annie Get Your Gun" - - - A Round & A Bout (Live)
1991 "Sunday Street" - - - Play
1991 "Satisfied" - - #3 Play
1993 "Third Rail" #39 - - Some Fantastic Place
1993 "Everything in the World" - - - Some Fantastic Place
1993 "Some Fantastic Place" #73 - - Some Fantastic Place
1993 "Loving You Tonight" - - - Some Fantastic Place
1994 "It's Over" - - - Some Fantastic Place
1995 "This Summer" #36 - - Ridiculous
1995 "Electric Trains" #44 - - Ridiculous
1996 "Heaven Knows" #27 - - Ridiculous
1996 "This Summer [Remix]" #32 - - This Summer (Remix) [Single]
1998 "Down in the Valley" - - - Down in the Valley [Single]

External links

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Official site

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