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Squeeze

British pop/rock group

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Squeeze, a British band whose songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have been favorably compared to superstar composing team John Lennon and Paul McCartney, has been in existence since 1975. Though the group has garnered large amounts of critical favor for its new wave and pop sound almost ever since that time, it was only in 1987 that they scored their first Top 40 hit in the United States with Hourglass, from the album Babylon and On. But popular success has not caused a reduction in the number of Squeezes laudatory reviews. As Mark Coleman put it in Rolling Stone, Squeeze [is] the great white hope of thinking-peoples pop.

Difford and Tilbrook began writing songs together in the early 1970s. After creating quite a few tunes, they looked for a band to back them up. In 1975 the duo, both of whom played guitar, formed a group with keyboardist Julian Holland, drummer Gilson Lavis, and bass player Harry Kakoulli. They initially called themselves U.K. Squeeze, and just over a year after the bands inception they had landed a recording contract

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Formed in 1975, disbanded in 1982, reformed in 1985; originally called UK Squeeze; present members include:Chris Difford (born August 31, in the U.K.; lyricist, guitarist, and occasional vocals); Glenn Tilbrook (born November 4, in the U.K.; composer, guitarist, and vocalist); Julian Jools Holland (born in the U.K.; keyboardist); Gilson Lavis (born in the U.K., drummer); Keith Wilkinson (bass guitarist). Past members have included Harry Kakoulli, Paul Carrack, John Bentley, and Don Snow.

Recording artists and concert performers, 1976-82, 1985.

Addresses: Record company A&M, 1416 La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

with A&M Records. Squeezes debut album, U.K. Squeeze, immediately scored them a Top 10 hit in England with the cut Take Me, Im Yours, but even after the album and single were released in the United States in 1978, the band did not get much in the way of popular attention. Favorable critical attention, however, Squeeze received in plenty; reviewers lauds only increased with the advent of the groups second and third albums, Cool for Cats and Argy Bargy. Noteworthy cuts from these efforts included Up the Junction and Slap and Tickle from the former, and Pulling Mussels and If I Didnt Love You from the latter.

Squeezes U.S. exposure was increased when the band was befriended by popular new wave musician Elvis Costello; he featured Squeeze as his warm-up act for his 1981 concerts in the United States. But at about the same time, Squeeze was experiencing important personnel changes. Kakoulli had left the band two years before to be replaced by John Bentley; Julian Holland left to be replaced by Paul Carrack. Carracks vocals were featured in Squeezes 1981 hit Tempted, which, although it did not make a Top 40 position on the U.S. pop charts, was nevertheless an important breakthrough in gaining the band an audience in that country.

Tempted was only one of many critically acclaimed tracks on Squeezes 1981 album, East Side Story; the groups 1982 effort, Sweets From a Stranger, produced another near hit in the United Statesthe thoughtful Black Coffee in Bed. But on Sweets From a Stranger Carrack had already been replaced by yet another keyboard player, Don Snow. As Tilbrook told Coleman in Rolling Stone, Snow was a brilliant pianist, but wed just had one change too many at that point. The whole internal structure of the band was falling apart. Thus, in 1982, Squeeze announced that they were disbanding, several of its members citing the difficulties of working together with the other strong individuals who made up the group.

Difford and Tilbrook continued to compose and record together. Lavis found work as a cab driver, and Holland had become the host of a popular British television show featuring music videos. In 1984 Difford and Tilbrook habitually told reporters that they were completely finished with Squeeze, but in 1985 they were in search of backup musicians for a charity performance. In addition to Keith Wilkinson, who had served as bass player for the duo during their post-Squeeze period, they came up with Lavis and Holland. Tilbrook explained to Coleman: When we did that charity gig, it was so obvious that we should get back together, I felt embarrassed. It took a couple of days of hesitant phone calls to establish that everyone felt the same way I did.

The four former members, plus Wilkinson, reconstituted Squeeze. The bands first comeback album was titled Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, symbolizing the fact that its musical influences range from classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to 1950s pioneer rocker Little Richard. Though critics welcomed Squeezes return, most agreed that Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti seemed artificial and stilted compared to the groups previous work. Babylon and On, released in 1987, fared much better. Comeback albums arent supposed to eclipse a bands original work, but Squeezes Babylon and On comes pretty close, a Stereo Review critic applauded. Eric Levin of People joyfully exclaimed; Squeeze, it is a big thrill to report, is still inimitably, immutably, incorrigibly Squeeze. In addition to the many rave reviews, however, the band finally broke the U.S. Top 40 with the bouncy hit single Hourglass.

Still together in 1990, Squeeze continued its winning ways with the album Frank. Michael Small of People labeled it fine, and singled out cuts like Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken and Love Circles for special praise.

Selected discography

U.K. Squeeze (includes Take Me, Im Yours), A&M, 1978.

Cool for Cats (includes Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, and Slap and Tickle), A&M, 1979.

Argy Bargy (includes Pulling Mussels and If I Didnt Love You), A&M, 1980.

East Side Story (includes Tempted, Labeled With Love, Heaven, and Vanity Fair), A&M, 1981.

Sweets From a Stranger (includes Black Coffee in Bed), 1982.

Singles45s and Under, A&M, 1982.

Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, A&M, 1985.

Babylon and On (includes Hourglass, Footprints, Tough Love, The Prisoner, and Trust Me to Open My Mouth), A&M, 1987.

Frank (includes Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken and Love Circles), A&M, 1990.

Sources

People, November 2, 1987; January 8, 1990.

Rolling Stone, December 3, 1987; November 16, 1989.

Stereo Review, February, 1988.

Elizabeth Wenning

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Squeeze

a crowded assembly or social gathering, 1779.

Examples : squeeze of books; of the fashionable mob, 1802.

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squeeze vb. XVI. var. of earlier †squise, †squize (XVI); ult. orig. unkn.
Hence sb. XVII.

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