As teenagers on the South London Scene in the 1970s, teenage friends Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook formed Squeeze, the pioneering UK band that saw them dubbed ‘The New Lennon and McCartney.” Championed early on by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale, who produced their debut EP, Packet Of Three,” Squeeze established their position as one of Britain’s most beloved bands with 1979’s Cool For Cats, setting off a career that would spawn decades and produce hits in the UK and abroad.
Now, some 35 years later, Squeeze have re-recorded 14 of their classic tracks for Spot the Difference, an album of all their classic hits re-recorded in a way so painstakingly faithful to the originals that they challenge you to spot the difference.. The album will be released August 3 in the US through Anchor and Hope Music. The quality of these “new” tracks cements the band’s legacy, not only serving as a reminder of how great those songs were but how compelling they sound today.
Along with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, Squeeze was one of the UK New Wave scene’s few US success stories, with “Tempted” (which appears on Spot The Difference, with Paul Carrack reprising his vocal) becoming a massive hit in the States. Albums like Argybargy and the Elvis Costello-produced East Side Story led to a spate of UK hit singles which made their way to discerning music fans in the States: “Pulling Mussels from a Shell,” “If I Didn't Love You,” “Black Coffee In Bed,” “Up The Junction,” “Goodbye Girl” and others.
As befits one of the UK’s most beloved acts, their witty, kitchen-sink lyricism and clever takes on modern relationships continue to influence current artists such as Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Lily Allen and Razorlight, to name just a few. Squeeze’s impressive catalog, with its evergreen, universal appeal, sounds as vibrant as ever on Spot the Difference, with new fans and old flocking to the band’s live shows.
Chris Difford’s lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook’s music have survived everything over the years, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles and acrimonious breakups - but Squeeze is here to stay, still going strong and still loving every moment.
Squeeze will be kicking off the US Tour in July with Cheap Trick, followed by dates with the English Beat.
Spot the Difference Track listing
1. Take Me I'm Yours
2. Slap And Tickle
3. Up The Junction
4. Goodbye Girl
5. Cool For Cats
6. Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
7. Another Nail In My Heart
9. Is That Love
10. Labelled With Love
11. Black Coffee In Bed
13. Some Fantastic Place
14. Loving You Tonight
Squeeze US Tour 2010 - with Cheap Trick
* Squeeze dates only
Fri 9th Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
Sat 10th Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sun 11th Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Tue 13th New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Wed 14th Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
Fri 16th Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
Sat 17th Guilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Pavilion
Sun 18th New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theater
Tue 20th Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre*
Squeeze US Tour 2010 - with the English Beat
Wed 21st Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
Thurs 22nd Minneapolis, MN @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Sat 24th Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
Sun 25th Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Tue 27th Las Vegas, NV @ Crown Theater
Wed 28th Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Fri 30th Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
Sat 31st Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre
Sun 1st San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Thu 5th Seattle @ Showbox at the Market*
Sat 7th Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Falls Casino*