Tag: Squeeze

Thursday, March 23, 2023 9pm ET: Feature LP: Squeeze – East Side Story (1981)

East Side Story is the fourth studio album by new wave group Squeeze, released May 15, 1981. The album peaked at number 19 in the UK Albums Chart, spending 26 weeks in the listing.

The album marked a shift from the new wave sound of their earlier work, as it contained songs influenced by rockabilly, R&B, blue-eyed soul, Merseybeat, and psychedelia among other genres. It also contained Squeeze’s last top 10 UK single, “Labelled with Love”. It was the first album to feature new keyboardist Paul Carrack, replacing Jools Holland who had departed in early 1981. He sang lead on the track “Tempted”, which became Squeeze’s first U.S. chart hit. Shortly after the release of this album, Carrack left the band for a solo career, but he returned to Squeeze for a time in the early 1990s, playing and singing on the Some Fantastic Place album.

In the UK, East Side Story was reissued on CD in 1997 with two album outtakes, as part of the band’s Six of One… box set. The set included the band’s first six studio albums, all digitally remastered. A year later, each separate CD (including the expanded East Side Story) was made available for individual purchase. In 2007, the album was digitally remastered and released in Japan. It contained two extra bonus tracks, both taken from B-sides from the album’s singles; “Trust” and “Yap, Yap, Yap”.

“In Quintessence” 2:55
“Someone Else’s Heart” 3:00
“Tempted” 4:02
“Piccadilly” 3:26
“There’s No Tomorrow” 3:27
“Heaven” 3:49
“Woman’s World” 3:42
“Is That Love” 2:31
“F-Hole” 4:41
“Labelled with Love” 4:44
“Someone Else’s Bell” 3:08
“Mumbo Jumbo” 3:13
“Vanity Fair” 3:09
“Messed Around” 2:42

Chris Difford – rhythm guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Someone Else’s Heart” and “Heaven”
Glenn Tilbrook – lead vocals, lead guitars
Paul Carrack – keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Tempted”
John Bentley – bass, backing vocals
Gilson Lavis – drums
Del Newman – orchestra arrangements
Elvis Costello – additional vocals on “Tempted”, backing vocals on “There’s No Tomorrow”

RYM Rating 3.72 / 5.0 from 21 ratings
Ranked #7,053 overall

Monday 1/30/23 11am ET: Feature Greatest Hits LP: Squeeze – 45’s and Under (1982)

Singles – 45’s and Under is a compilation album by Squeeze, released on the A&M Records label on October 22, 1982. The album consisted of all their singles from 1978 to 1982 in chronological order, with the exception of “Bang Bang”, “Christmas Day” and “When the Hangover Strikes”, and included a new song, “Annie Get Your Gun”, which was released as a single ahead of the album. It was the band’s biggest selling album, having been certified platinum in both the UK and the US.

Additionally, it included the US single version of “Goodbye Girl”, which features slightly different lyrics from both the album and UK single versions. The US version of the album substituted “If I Didn’t Love You” for “Labelled with Love”.

“Take Me I’m Yours” – 2:48
“Goodbye Girl” (US single version) – 3:05
“Cool for Cats” – 3:10
“Up the Junction” – 3:10
“Slap and Tickle” – 4:16
“Another Nail in My Heart” – 2:55
“Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” – 4:00
“Labelled with Love” – 4:34
“If I Didn’t Love You” (US) – 4:10
“Is That Love” – 2:30
“Tempted” – 4:00
“Black Coffee in Bed” – 6:10
“Annie Get Your Gun” – 3:22

Tuesday 6/28/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Squeeze – Babylon and On (1987)

Babylon and On is the seventh album released September 15, 1987 by the British new wave group Squeeze.

The album gave them their biggest US hit single, “Hourglass.” The song became an unexpected US hit for the band, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, which Chris Difford attributed to the video for the song as much as the song itself: “I would think that the video has had a lot to do with it. It’s been played a lot, and everybody you speak to compliments you on it. When you meet fans after gigs, they say, “Your video’s great.” They don’t say, “Your album’s great.” So it’s the first thing they think of.”

“Hourglass” – 3:16
“Footprints” – 3:49
“Tough Love” – 3:07
“The Prisoner” – 4:06
“853-5937” – 3:16
“In Today’s Room” – 3:28
“Trust Me to Open My Mouth” – 3:12
“Striking Matches” – 3:02
“Cigarette of a Single Man” – 3:29
“Who Are You?” – 3:30
“The Waiting Game” – 3:06
“Some Americans” – 4:40

Chris Difford – guitar, backing vocals, lead vocal on 8, co-lead vocal on 3
Glenn Tilbrook – guitars, keyboards, horns, sitar, lead & backing vocals
Jools Holland – keyboards, backing vocals
Andy Metcalfe – keyboards (moog, horns, etc.) on 3, 4, 12
Keith Wilkinson – bass, backing vocals
Gilson Lavis – drums, percussion
T-Bone Wolk – accordion on 3, 8, 12
Monique Dyan – backing vocals on 4, 5, 6, 10; duet vocals on 8
Pam Baker, Mike Sheerie, Stewart Dunning – mob vocal on 8
Del Newman – string arrangement and conducting on 11

Wednesday 12/29/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 24

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Dickey Lee, Barbra Streisand, Rossington-Collins Band, Jerry Reed, Pat Benatar, Hoyt Axton, Red Rider, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Rockpile, Romantics, Devo, Poco, Journey and many more. Tomorrow we feature the completion of this segment and start our travel into 1981 next Tuesday.

8pm – 12am ET

Tuesday 12/28/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 23

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Diana Ross, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Gatlin Brothers, Blondie, Donna Summer, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Squeeze, Cars, Harry Chapin, Donna Fargo, Police and much more.

8pm – 12am ET

Monday 12/13/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Squeeze – Argybargy (1980)

Argybargy is the third album by the UK new wave band Squeeze. Written and recorded after the band’s successful sophomore release, Cool for Cats, the album’s lyrics were written by Chris Difford while living with his wife in New York City. The band reunited with Cool for Cats producer John Wood and, after Glenn Tilbrook composed music for Difford’s new lyrics, recorded the album in late 1979 and released in February 1980.

Argybargy was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 32 in the UK and becoming the first Squeeze album to chart in the US. The album has since been recognized as a classic of new wave and features multiple of the band’s most famous songs, including “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell),” and “If I Didn’t Love You.”

  1. “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” 3:58
  2. “Another Nail in My Heart” 2:56
  3. “Separate Beds” 3:21
  4. “Misadventure” 2:56
  5. “I Think I’m Go Go” 4:18
  6. “Farfisa Beat” 2:57
  7. “Here Comes That Feeling” 2:12
  8. “Vicky Verky” 3:12
  9. “If I Didn’t Love You” 4:11
  10. “Wrong Side of the Moon” 2:25
  11. “There at the Top” 3:46
  12. “Funny How It Goes” 3:49
  13. “Go” 4:12

Chris Difford – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocal on “Here Comes That Feeling”, co-lead vocals on “If I Didn’t Love You” & “I Think I’m Go Go”
Glenn Tilbrook – lead guitar, keyboards, lead vocals
Jools Holland – keyboards, vocals, lead vocal on “Wrong Side of the Moon”
John Bentley – bass
Gilson Lavis – drums
Del Newman – string arrangements

Wednesday 9pm ET: Feature Artist – Paul Carrack

Paul Melvyn Carrack (born April 22, 1951) is an English singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands. The BBC dubbed Carrack “The Man with the Golden Voice”, while Record Collector remarked: “If vocal talent equalled financial success, Paul Carrack would be a bigger name than legends such as Phil Collins or Elton John.”

Carrack rose to prominence in the mid-1970s as the frontman and principal songwriter of Ace, and gained further recognition for his work as a solo artist and for his tenures as a member of Roxy Music, Squeeze and Roger Waters’ backing band, The Bleeding Heart Band, intermittently handling lead vocals on Squeeze and Waters recordings. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he enjoyed considerable success as the co-lead singer (with Paul Young) and a songwriter for Mike + The Mechanics; following Young’s death in 2000, Carrack served as the band’s sole lead vocalist until his departure in 2004. He maintains an active solo career to the present day.

Carrack sang some of his affiliated bands’ best-known hits, including Ace’s “How Long”; Squeeze’s “Tempted”; and Mike + The Mechanics’ “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)”, “The Living Years” and “Over My Shoulder”. He also performed lead vocals on tracks from the Roger Waters albums Radio K.A.O.S. and The Wall – Live in Berlin, and achieved a major solo hit with “Don’t Shed a Tear”. Carrack’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland, and he has served as a session and/or touring musician for Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, The Pretenders, The Smiths and Madness.

Monday 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Squeeze

Squeeze are a British rock band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the new wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction”, “Slap and Tickle”, “Another Nail in My Heart”, “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)”, “Tempted”, “Labelled with Love”, “Black Coffee in Bed” and “Hourglass”. Though not as commercially successful in the United States, Squeeze had American hits with “Tempted”, “Hourglass” and “853-5937”, and were considered a part of the Second British Invasion.

The vast majority of their material is composed of lyrics by Chris Difford and music by Glenn Tilbrook who are guitarists and vocalists in the band. The duo were hailed as “the heirs to Lennon and McCartney’s throne” during their peak of popularity in the late 1970s.

The group formed in Deptford, London, in 1974, and first broke up in 1982. Squeeze then reformed in 1985, and disbanded again in 1999.

The band reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007. In 2010, they issued Spot the Difference, an album of newly recorded versions of older material. The band’s first album of all-new material since 1998, Cradle to the Grave, was released in October 2015, followed by another album, The Knowledge, in October 2017.