Nothing Wrong With A Little Squeeze

Happy Birthday to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Squeeze[/lastfm]’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chris Difford[/lastfm]!!

And in celebration, Jack FM is making “Cool for Cats” our Song of the Day!

We’re also cool for cats.  Seriously, we have seventeen of them.

Formed in 1974 by Chris Difford and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Glenn Tilbrook[/lastfm], Squeeze got their start on the southeast side of London, alongside bands such as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alternative TV[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dire Straits[/lastfm].

In 1979, the new wave rockers found success with the release of their second album, Cool for Cats.  It peaked at #45 on the U.K. Albums chart and produced four hit singles:  “Goodbye Girl,” “Cool for Cats,” “Up the Junction” and “Slap and Tickle.”

Argybargy came in 1980, with East Side Story a year later.  The latter, co-produced by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello[/lastfm], is Squeeze’s best-known album.  East Side Story also broke the band onto the American charts, where it went to #44.  The single “Tempted” was a huge hit on rock radio, and it became Squeeze’s first big hit in the U.S.

Following the release of Sweets from a Stranger in ’82, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook decided to disband Squeeze.  However, the two continued working together as a duo and released a self-titled album in 1984.

In 1985, Squeeze reformed for a charity function.  The performance was suprisingly successful, and the band agreed to resume touring and recording, releasing their seventh studio album two years later.  Babylon and On charted well on both sides of the pond, and the band scored two more Top 40 hits in the U.S. with “Hourglass” and “853-5937.”

But the ’90s were not as kind.  Sales of their albums declined, and they were dropped from their record label.  By the end of the decade, Squeeze were no more.

After a failed attempt to reunite on a 2004 episode of VH1’s Bands Reunited, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook resurrected Squeeze three years later and have not looked back.  Since then, they have continued to tour, playing to devoted fans throughout Europe and the U.S.

In 2010, Squeeze released the album Spot the Difference, their first in 12 years.  The album features new recordings of old songs.

Here’s Squeeze in 1980 performing their single “Another Nail in My Heart.”  Ouch, sounds painful.

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