One of the finest bands of the British New Wave, Squeeze shot to the top of the charts in the 1980s with a string of hits including "Cool for Cats," "Up the Junction," "Another Nail in My Heart," and "Tempted." In this definitive account, Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford, the band's creative heart, discuss Squeeze's history, their distinctive sound, and the creative process behind their catchy melodies and provocative, emotional lyrics. The book also includes lyric sheets and a detailed discography.
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This is an absolute must-read for any fan of Squeeze. If you're not a fan of Squeeze (shame on you), then this book will be meaningless. The book is a relatively brief biography of the band (focusing on its principal members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook) broken down into time periods based on the band's studio albums. The heart of the book, however, is interspersed between the biographical entries. Ian Drury, acting as a sort of interviewer offers up songs from each of the albums, one-by-one, and gives Difford and Tilbrook an opportunity to describe the songwriting process, the recording process, how the band felt about the song or each other, and virtually anything else that came to mind. It is absolutely amazing the amount of dysfunction that Difford and Tilbrook apparently experienced and exhibited in such an amazing songwriting partnership. The opportunity to learn what songs really mean and the inspiration behind many of them is priceless for any fan of the band. Unfortunately, the interviews were conducted separately (for reasons that will become obvious as one reads the book). The book also includes lyrics for most of the Squeeze's album tracks. I wish that the book had included a thorough discussion of the songs on the "Difford and Tilbrook" album and on their respective solo work. I also wish that some of the terrific b-sides that Squeeze released would have been included. Nevertheless, for a Squeeze fan, this book is an important addition to the musical collection.