TITLE: UK Squeeze (Squeeze in the UK)
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Take Me I’m Yours (#19 UK), Bang Bang (#49 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None, unless you’re a real Squeeze junkie
LINEUP: Glenn Tillbrook, Chris Difford, Jools Holland, Gilson Lavis, Harry Kakoulli.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut new-wave / power pop record from the premier UK power pop practitioners.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You gotta start somewhere, right? Unlike many of their brethren, who put together excellent first albums, this was rather a disappointment. From reports, it wasn’t their fault. Their producer, John Cale, had them scrap their current songs and write new ones and you can tell that they’re a bit tentative and unsure about themselves and their direction. Frankly, about three or four cuts could have been left off in favor of the contents of their debut EP (Packet of Three), and a forgotten B-side called “Disco Kid”.
To wit: There’s an instrumental on here. Mind you, Squeeze are great musicians, but you don’t really buy a Squeeze album to hear an instrumental.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Packet of Three isn’t available for streaming, at least as I saw it. You can find the individual cuts on You Tube, and the lead cut “Cat on a Wall” (which definitely should have been on this record) is on a compilation called Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here’s the Bollocks.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: There was a CD with bonus tracks, but on Google Play it’s just the conventional album.
GRADE: C+: Saved by the singles and a few typical Squeeze cuts. Use your skip feature wisely. This would be the last of the ‘classic’ Squeeze albums to buy.