Infobox musical artist
Name = Squeeze

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Origin = London, England
Genre = New Wave, Power pop
Years_active = 1974-1982
Label = A&M Records, Reprise Records, Ark 21 Records, I.R.S. Records, Quixotic Records
Associated_acts =
Current_members = Chris Difford
Glenn Tilbrook
John Bentley
Stephen Large
Simon Hanson
Past_members = Paul Gunn
Harry Kakoulli
Jools Holland
Gilson Lavis
Paul Carrack
Don Snow
Chris Holland
Keith Wilkinson
Andy Metcalfe
Matt Irving
Pete Thomas
Kevin Wilkinson
Ashley Soan
Hilaire Penda
Chris Braide

Squeeze are an English 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," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed," "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)," and "Hourglass." They were far less successful in America, but have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans. [cite web
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] All of Squeeze's hits were written by band members Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=SQUUEZE&sql=11:kifpxqr5ldae~T1 allmusic Biography] ]

The group formed in London in 1974, and first broke up in 1982. Squeeze then reformed in 1985, and broke up again in 1999. The band has reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007 and 2008.


First incarnation: 1974–82

The band's founding members in March 1974 were Chris Difford (guitar, vocals, lyrics), Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, music), Jools Holland (keyboards), and Paul Gunn (drums). The group played under several names, most frequently "Captain Trundlow's Sky Company" or "Skyco", before selecting the band name "Squeeze" as a facetious tribute to The Velvet Underground's oft-derided 1973 album of the same name.

Gilson Lavis replaced Gunn on drums and Harry Kakoulli joined on bass in 1976.

Squeeze's early career was spent around Deptford in SE London, where they were part of a lively local music scene which included Alternative TV and Dire Straits. The group's early singles and debut EP, 1977's Packet of Three, were released on the Deptford Fun City Label.

Squeeze's first EP and most of its self-titled debut album (1978) were produced by John Cale for A&M Records. However, the debut album's two hit singles ("Take Me I'm Yours" and "Bang Bang") were produced by the band themselves, as the label found Cale's recordings uncommercial.

In the United States and Canada, the band and album were dubbed "U.K. Squeeze" due to legal conflicts arising from a contemporary American band called "Tight Squeeze". The "U.K." was dropped for all subsequent releases. In Australia, the same name change was used due to legal conflicts arising from an existing Sydney-based band also called "Squeeze". Albums in Australia were credited to "U.K. Squeeze" up to and including "Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti".

The band's second album, "Cool for Cats" (1979), contained the band's two highest charting UK singles in "Cool For Cats" and "Up The Junction", both of which peaked at #2. John Bentley replaced Harry Kakoulli on bass in 1979 following the release of the LP.

"Argybargy" (1980), the band's third album, was also a UK hit. It was additionally a mild breakthrough in North America, as the single "Another Nail In My Heart" was a #56 hit in Canada, and second single "Pulling Mussels From The Shell" received airplay on US Rock stations.

Keyboardist Jools Holland left the band for a solo career in 1980. Keyboard duties were taken over by highly-rated singer-keyboardist Paul Carrack, a former member of British soul-pop band Ace, who scored a major international hit with the song "How Long." Carrack had also been a member of Roxy Music.

In 1981 the band cut perhaps their best-known album, "East Side Story". It was produced by Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian, and featured Carrack's lead vocals on the radio hit "Tempted". Carrack himself left after the release of "East Side Story", and was replaced by Don Snow. This line-up recorded the "Sweets From A Stranger" LP in 1982. Negative reviews, the stresses of touring, and conflict between band members led Difford and Tilbrook to break up the band later that year, after releasing a final single, "Annie Get Your Gun".

Difford and Tilbrook years: 1983–84

Difford and Tilbrook continued to work together, and released one self-titled album as the duo Difford & Tilbrook in 1984. Although it is not officially a Squeeze album, to many fans "Difford & Tilbrook" is considered a "lost" Squeeze LP because Difford and Tilbrook were themselves the only constant members of Squeeze. Several Difford & Tilbrook tracks have been featured on officially-sanctioned Squeeze compilations.

The duo also contributed to a musical written and staged in Deptford during this period, entitled "Labelled with Love" and based in large part on the music of Squeeze.

econd incarnation: 1985–99

Squeeze re-formed to play a one night charity gig in 1985, with all five members from the 1980 "Argybargy" period -- Difford, Tilbrook, Holland, Lavis, and Bentley. The performance was such a success that the band unanimously agreed to resume recording and touring as Squeeze. Searching for a different sound, the band replaced Bentley with bassist Keith Wilkinson from the "Difford & Tilbrook" sessions. This line-up released the 1985 LP "Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti".

The new LP featured complex double-tracked keyboard parts which could not be duplicated by a single keyboard player in a live setting, so Jools' brother Chris Holland played a few gigs as a second keyboardist in 1985. However, Chris Holland was quickly replaced by an official new member Andy Metcalfe of the Soft Boys and The Egyptians. A bassist in those groups, Metcalfe would play keyboards with Squeeze. His tenure as the band's sixth member would last until 1988.

In 1987, the sextet recorded the album "Babylon And On". A successful release on both sides of the Atlantic, this album contained the band's only US top 40 hits in "Hourglass" and "853-5937"

Metcalfe left the band in 1988, leaving the Difford/Tilbrook/Holland/Wilkinson/Lavis line-up to record 1989's "Frank". The LP was a commercial disappointment that spun off no charting singles in the UK, and the band was dropped from their long-time A&M label.

Adding a new second keyboard player in the person of Matt Irving, the band issued the live album "A Round And A Bout" on I.R.S. Records in March 1990. Jools Holland left Squeeze again in early 1990, and was not immediately replaced. In his stead, the band used session musicians such as Irving (who was no longer an official band member), Snow, Steve Nieve, Bruce Hornsby and Carol Isaacs for the 1991 release "Play", which came out on the Reprise label. This release again spawned no UK hits, although in the US the singles "Satisfied" and "Crying In Your Sleep" received significant airplay on modern rock stations, and in Canada "Satisfied" was a top 50 hit. However, Reprise dropped the band after this one album. Then drummer Gilson Lavis was let go in 1992, and replaced by Nieve's fellow Attractions band mate Pete Thomas. Paul Carrack also returned to the band in 1993, although by this point Squeeze was not so much a band as it was a trade name for Difford and Tilbrook plus sidemen.

Perhaps surprisingly, Squeeze re-signed to A&M in time for 1993's "Some Fantastic Place". After a period of commercial decline in the UK, lead single "Third Rail" hit #39, becoming Squeeze's first UK top 40 hit in six years.

Squeeze's lineup during the mid-1990s changed constantly. Though not an official Squeeze member, Aimee Mann was featured on vocals and guitar at many Squeeze shows during 1994. Thomas also exited the band that year, and Carrack doubled on snare and keyboards for a few gigs before session drummer Andy Newmark was brought in. Then - still in 1994 - Carrack left, which allowed keyboardist Andy Metcalfe to return to the band for a short spell, playing on some live dates. Drummer Kevin Wilkinson (no relation to bassist Keith), formerly of The Waterboys, was also added around this time, replacing Newmark. He lasted through the 1995 album "Ridiculous", which was recorded by the quartet of Difford, Tilbrook, Wilkinson and Wilkinson. The album spun off three minor hits in the UK: "This Summer", "Electric Trains" and "Heaven Knows". As well, a minimally remixed version of "This Summer" became a #32 UK hit in 1996, a year after the original version peaked at #36. Despite this, A&M once again dropped Squeeze from their roster in late 1996.

Following the release of "Ridiculous", Don Snow (now known as Jon Savannah) returned to Squeeze yet again as their touring keyboard player, but by 1997, the Squeeze line-up had officially dwindled down to just Difford and Tilbrook. That year the duo, billed as Squeeze, released the non-album single "Down In The Valley" as a fundraising single for the Charlton Football Club. Tilbrook formed the Quixotic label for this and future Squeeze-related releases, as well as releases by other artists.

For the 1998 album "Domino", the band was again a quintet consisting of Difford, Tilbrook, bassist Hilaire Penda, ex-Del Amitri drummer Ashley Soan, and yet another returning keyboardist in the person of Chris Holland. Nick Harper often performed with this version of Squeeze, providing additional guitar and vocals. In January 1999, just days before a planned tour, Chris Difford suddenly announced that he was taking a 'hiatus' from Squeeze. The last venue for Squeeze with Chris was The Charlotte, Leicester, England. The band subsequently continued as a quartet led by Tilbrook, with Jim Kimberley replacing Soan on some tour dates, and Chris Holland exiting in the autumn to be replaced by Tilbrook's other frequent writing partner Chris Braide.

On 27 November 1999 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Squeeze played their final gig before breaking up again. Difford and Tilbrook embarked on separate solo careers shortly thereafter.

olo years: 2000–06

In 2003 Difford and Tilbrook collaborated on a song for the first time since "Domino." The track, "Where I Can Be Your Friend," appeared on Tilbrook's well-reviewed second solo album, "Transatlantic Ping Pong". In 2004 the pair worked with music journalist Jim Drury on the retrospective "Squeeze: Song By Song". In this book they declared they had become better friends since breaking up the band than they ever were while Squeeze was together.

However, a 2004 attempt by the VH1 show Bands Reunited to reassemble the mid-1980s line-up of Squeeze (Difford, Tilbrook, Holland, Wilkinson and Lavis) ended in failure. While bassist Keith Wilkinson was game and drummer Gilson Lavis expressed some interest, Jools Holland felt he was too busy with current projects to participate, and, crucially, both Tilbrook and Difford expressed reservations about working together in a band context at that point in time.

Still, Difford and Tilbrook's friendship continued, and in December 2005 Difford sat in for a few songs at a Glenn Tilbrook solo gig in Glasgow.

Third incarnation: 2007-present

In early 2007 it was announced that Difford and Tilbrook would reform Squeeze for a series of shows throughout the latter half of the year, in support of Universal and Warner's re-issuing of the band's back catalogue and the release of a new 'best of' album, "Essential Squeeze", on April 30th. Jools Holland and Gilson Lavis were unable to take part in the series of shows, as they were touring under the "Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra" name for most of the year. Instead, John Bentley re-joined on bass for the first time since Squeeze's last reunion show in 1985. The rest of the lineup was fleshed out by members of Tilbrook's touring band, The Fluffers: Stephen Large (keyboards) and Simon Hanson (drums).

On 7 July 2007, at the "Return to the Summer of Love Party," at Hawkhurst, Kent, UK, Difford and Tilbrook, each singing and playing acoustic guitars, played a 7-song set of Squeeze classics to an enthusiastic reception. They played, in order, "Take Me I'm Yours," "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)," "Is that Love?," "Tempted," "Labelled with Love," "Cool for Cats," and "Up the Junction." The first actual full-band Squeeze show since 1999 took place a week later at GuilFest 2007. They toured the U.S. in August 2007, supported on various dates by Fountains of Wayne, Will Hoge, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, and Cheap Trick.

In November 2007, the band released "5 Live", a live CD consisting of recordings from the American tour. The title referred to the number of people in the band, not the number of tracks on the 19-song CD.

Television appearances and live shows in the US and UK followed throughout 2008, including a headline appearance at Beautiful Days on 15th August.

Band member timeline


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tudio albums

* "Squeeze", March 1978
* "Cool for Cats", March 1979 (UK #45)
* "Argybargy", February 1980 (UK #32, Canada #26, US #71)
* "East Side Story", May 1981 (UK #19, Canada #29, US #44)
* "Sweets from a Stranger", May 1982 (UK #20, Canada #26, US #32)
* Difford & Tilbrook: "Difford & Tilbrook", July 1984 (UK #47, US #55)
* "Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti", August 1985 (UK #31, US #61)
* "Babylon and On", September 1987 (UK #14, Canada #91, US #36)
* "Frank", September 1989 (UK #58, US #113)
* "Play", August 1991 (UK #41)
* "Some Fantastic Place", September 1993 (UK #26, US #182)
* "Ridiculous", November 1995 (UK #50)
* "Domino", November 1998


* "Packet of Three", July 1977, November 1979 (reissue)

Live recordings

* "A Round and a Bout", March 1990 (UK #50, US #163)
* "Live at the Royal Albert Hall", 1999
* "Five Live", November 2007


* "6 Squeeze Songs Crammed Into One Ten-Inch Record" (incl. the 2 "U.K. Squeeze" singles, 3 remixed "Cool For Cats" singles, plus "Goodbye Girl" live), U.S. 1979
* "Singles - 45's and Under", November 1982 (UK #3, US #47)
* "Classics, Vol. 25", 1987
* "Greatest Hits", April 1992 (UK #6)
* "Piccadilly Collection", August 1996
* "Excess Moderation", November 1996
* "Six Of One..." (6-CD box set), October 1997
* "Master Series", November 1998
* "Up The Junction", August 2000
* "Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze", June 2002 (UK #8)
* "Gold" (retitled North American issue of "Big Squeeze"), 2005
* "The Squeeze Story", June 2006
* "Essential Squeeze", April 2007 (UK #25)
* "The Complete Squeeze BBC Sessions", September 2008


"Note that the three 1984 singles by Difford & Tilbrook are included on this chart. All these singles have been reissued on various Squeeze compilations, and are retroactively credited on these compilations as being by Squeeze."


External links

* [http://www.squeezefan.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.packetofthree.com/ packetofthree.com] The Squeeze Archive with exclusive photos, tour history, international discography and memorabilia
* [http://www.squeeze-discography.co.uk/ Squeeze Discography] Contains the most up-to-date discography on the Internet.

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