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Editors’ Notes

People used to say that Squeeze songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were the new Lennon and McCartney, and for a moment in time it looked like the two singer/guitarists indeed were. This 1980 album (Squeeze’s third) is the one that made them pop stars, and for good reason. Difford’s a literate lyricist whose brilliance wasn't just his witty, eagle-eyed snapshots of everyday things, but also his ability to whittle intricate narratives down to bare essentials. (Listen to the “Separate Beds,” a song involving young lovers spending the night at the folks' house.) Tilbrook’s melodic structures take surprisingly great turns and lift Difford’s words into rarified pop air, especially on the hit songs “Pulling Muscles (From the Shell)” and “Another Nail in My Heart.” They also get deceptively simple on rock ’n’ roll raves like “Farfisa Beat” and “Vicky Beat.” This deluxe version adds 25 more songs, including some killer rarities (the demo of “Library Girl”!) and B-sides, as well as a glorious, band-defining 1980 live show recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

Customer Reviews

Good album, great bonus material

I've always considered Squeeze to be singles band whose albums never quite lived up to the quality of their singles. While Argy Bargy is aruguably their finest album, casual fans would be better off purchasing one of the readily available singles collections. The real treat here is the live performances featured in the bonus tracks, they show a great band at their peak. Even if you own studio versions of these tracks the live versions are well worth the purchase.

More deluxe editions, please!

I love Squeeze. I have for decades. The music, the lyrics, the singing, the musicianship - there is nothing lacking here. Difford and Tilbrook are solid musical geniuses, and have enriched my life with their music. Having their catalog (mostly) available on iTunes is a good thing. Although I have this CD, I was pleased to find the bonus tracks here. Now if bonus tracks from other albums were to be included on the site, soon, iTunes would have more of my money and I would have even more happiness!

Great tunes but only so-so sound

Frank DeLuna's mastering on this material is a bit brittle.
Turn the bass and the treble back to better enjoy these lovely tunes.

This and 'East Side Story' are probably the two best releases to introduce you to the band.


Formed: 1974

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

As one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, Squeeze provided one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk. Inspired heavily by the Beatles and the Kinks, Squeeze was the vehicle for the songwriting of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, who were hailed as the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne during their heyday in the early '80s. Unlike Lennon and McCartney, the partnership between Difford and Tilbrook was a genuine collaboration, with the former writing the...
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