Squeeze









Squeeze

Squeeze

is an English band which were into the New Wave style of music in the late 1970's. They continued to perform throughout the 1980's and 1990's. The band was formed in London in 1974. The founding members consisted of Chris Difford (vocals, guitar player, and songwriter), Glenn Tilbrook (vocalist, guitar player, and music writer), Jools Holland (keyboard player), and Paul Gunn ( drum player). The group performed under several different names. They were Captain Trundlow’s Sky Company, Skyco, and finally, Squeeze. Gunn left the group in 1976 and was replaced by Gilson Lavis, and Harry Kakoulli joined the group as their bass player.

Squeeze spent their early years around Deptford, which is located in the Southeast part of London. They were a popular part of the local music scene along with Alternative TV and Dire Straits. The group released their early singles and debut EP on the Deptford Fun City record label. The group released their self titled debut album in 1978 and it was on the A&M Records label. John Bentley took the place of Harry Kakoulli on bass in 1979. This was right after the group had released their successful album called, Cool For Cats. After their third album, Argybargy, was released, Jools Holland left the group in 1980. Paul Carrack, highly rated singer, and keyboard player, replaced Holland. Carrack was a former member of the group called, Ace. He was also a member of Roxy Music in the past.

In 1981, the group released what might be their most noted album called, East Side Story. Carrack left after the release of this album. Don Snow took Carrack’s place in the lineup. In 1982, the group released , Sweets From A Stranger, and later they released the single, Annie Get Your Gun. After that there were some problems among the members, negative reviews, and the stress of touring, caused the group to split up.

After the split, Difford and Tilbrook continued to work together and they released a self titled album as a duo called, Difford & Tilbrook. In 1985, the group reunited to perform a charity gig and they were such a success that they decided to stay together and tour and record again. The group continued through November, 1999 and after a gig in Aberdeen, Scotland, they split up again.

Rumor had it that Difford and Tilbrook were reuniting in 2007 to reform Squeeze again and perform a series of shows through the latter part of 2007. The band performed on July 7. 2007, at the Return to the Summer of Love Party at Hawkhurst, Kent. U. K.. A week later they performed a complete show at Guilfest 2007. The band toured the U. S. In August. In November, 2007, they released the CD called, Five Live, which consisted of recordings from their American tour in August. The group has released a total of 29 albums and 46 singles throughout their musical career.