Squeeze in 1980
Here's another band that were highly active in 1980 that offered up songs of such quality that, 30 plus years on they still sound remarkable. Again, a contemporary off-shoot of punk rather than a punk band per se Squeeze's strength I think lay in the near perfect songwriting abilities if Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford. As the age old advice goes, 'write about what you know' and you get the feeling that some of the material at least could be autobiographical of the band's life down in South London.
I only saw Squeeze once in 1989 (on the 'Frank' tour) and surprisingly I came away disappointed. It wasn't that the band played badly, rather they committed the cardinal sin, in my eyes at least, of playing a medley of hits. This happened quite a lot in the '80's (I also recall Motorhead doing it as well), but such practises should be consigned to the dustbin of time...... Stars on 45 and Jive Bunny... no more needs to be said.
I have tickets to see a reformed Squeeze in Cambridge next month so I will report back.
FLAC: On its way!
01. Slap and Tickle
02. Touching Me, Touching You
03. Slightly Drunk
04. Pulling Mussels From a Shell
05. Hop, Skip and Jump
06. Another Nail in My Heart
07. Cool For Cats
08. The Mess Around
09 I Think I'm Go-Go
11. It's So Dirty
12. Goodbye Girl
13. Encore Break
14. Up the Junction
15. There at the Top
In town on this night:
Whirlwind/The Newtown Neurotics Dingwalls, London
OMD/Distractions/Flowers Electric Ballroom, London
Joy Division Russell Club, Manchester
Secret Affair Free Trade Hall, Manchester