Monday 3/28/22 7am ET: Feature LP: Billy Squier – Don’t Say No (1981)

Don’t Say No is the second studio album by Billy Squier, released on April 13, 1981. It stands as Squier’s biggest career album, including the hits “Lonely Is the Night”, “In the Dark”, “My Kinda Lover” and “The Stroke”. The album hit the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and remained on the chart for over two years (111 weeks).

“The Stroke” was the first single, reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, and an even bigger hit at rock radio, hitting number 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song even dented the British Pop charts, rising to number 52. The video for “The Stroke” — as most of the music videos from both Don’t Say No and its follow-up, Emotions In Motion — is a straight-ahead performance piece, featuring Squier on an arena stage. Billy’s many videos were staples on the then brand-new channel known as MTV which brought him increased popularity.

In the Dark” followed “The Stroke” into the Billboard Top 40, and the Top 10 of the Album Rock Tracks chart. Some other tracks from the album were also hugely popular on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio stations, for example, “Lonely Is the Night”, which became subsequently one of his signature songs despite not seeing a proper single release or having a music video.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 sales in July 1981 and Platinum two months later. Though multi-platinum awards were not certified prior to 1984, Don’t Say No belatedly received a Triple Platinum award in 1992, certifying sales of over 3 million US copies.

A cover of “Lonely Is the Night” is a playable track in the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and the master recording is playable in Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band 4.

  1. “In the Dark” 4:09
  2. “The Stroke” 3:38
  3. “My Kinda Lover” 3:32
  4. “You Know What I Like” 2:56
  5. “Too Daze Gone” 4:05
  6. “Lonely Is the Night” 4:42
  7. “Whadda You Want from Me” 3:43
  8. “Nobody Knows” 4:20
  9. “I Need You” 3:52
  10. “Don’t Say No” 3:20

Billy Squier – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, piano
Cary Sharaf – lead guitar
Alan St. Jon – keyboards
Mark Clarke – bass guitar, backing vocals
Bobby Chouinard – “more” drums