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During their brief initial heyday in the late-70s and early 1980s, Squeeze were looked upon as possible heirs to a power-pop renaissance. That renaissance never happened, as the original group disbanded just as the 80s was reshaping its direction, and while there were only a few years between releases, it was enough to stop the band’s momentum. Still, the group — and their standout songwriting team of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook — pursued smart, sophisticated pop songs and accrued a devoted, appreciative cult audience and a loyal college radio following that kept the group’s commercial potential alive throughout the downtime. Mainstream radio eventually acknowledged a handful of their best songs from “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” and “Tempted,” to “Hourglass,” the band’s highest charting U.S. hit from the reformed group in 1987. The simple infectiousness of “Goodbye Girl” and “Up the Junction” and the overlooked gems “King George Street” and “If It’s Love” make for classic pop from an era that wasn’t always kind to its classic pop practitioners. 

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Good collection

It should be noted that this compilation extends only to 1989's Frank, and does not include any tracks off Squeeze's sublime 1991 release, Play, as the iTunes review states (these tracks chronicle the band's A&M years, and Play was released by Reprise). Regardless, it's a great batch of pop songs. The core of the album is identical to the British version of Singles - 45's and Under, and this is the best stuff (i.e. what garnered all the Lennon-McCartney comparisons). What follows can only disappoint if held to the same standards. "Last Time Forever" was as lackluster a comeback single as you could imagine, and the other two tracks from 1985's Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti are well written but have not aged well production-wise. "Hourglass" and "Footprints" are fun (the omission of the putrid "853-5937" is a blessing), but "Trust Me To Open My Mouth" is bland. The Frank tracks continue the trend: "If It's Love" is brilliant, and "Love Circles" is flat-out adult contemporary mediocrity. Not a great place to end on, especially when the next record was the best thing Squeeze had done since East Side Story, but there you go.

Top of the Pops

The highest form of pop/altermative music, from creative songwriting to precise execution, is on display here. Squeeze had it all and despite their early hits, what jumps out for me from this collection is King George Street, from perhaps their most underrated album, 1985's Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (wish Break My Heart was on here!) Tillbrook was always willing to bend simple melodies and Difford wrote lyrics as if he were a novelist -- drenching in details and little ironies. And Holland is one of pop's great pianists! It's great, timeless music.

Classic lyrics. Classic hooks. Classic songs.

Squeeze should have been as popular as the Beatles. As famous respected as The Kinks. As rich as the Rolling Stones. Instead, we must rest comfortable in the knowledge that they remain one of the truly great pop bands of all time. Download this now.


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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