FAQ Ver. 2.3
PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Who are the current members of Squeeze?
The band is fronted, as it always has been, by Chris Difford, rhythm
guitar and vocals, and Glenn Tilbrook, lead guitar and vocals. The other
three members of the band are freshly- minted Squeezers. They are: Ashley
Soan (formerly of Del Amitri), drums; Hilaire Penda, bass; Christopher
2) When did so-and-so join? When did they leave?
1975: The original Squeeze full-band lineup: Chris Difford
(guitar/vocals); Paul Gunn (drums); Jools Holland (keyboards/vocals); Harry
Kakoulli (bass); Glenn Tilbrook (guitar/vocals)
3) When was Squeeze formed?
1976: Gunn is replaced by Gilson Lavis on drums.
1979: Kakoulli is replaced by John Bentley on bass.
1980: Holland is replaced by Paul Carrack on keyboards.
1981: Carrack is replaced by Don Snow on keyboards.
1982: Squeeze break up.
1985: Squeeze re-forms. The new lineup is of Difford,
Holland, Lavis, Tilbrook, and Keith Wilkinson on bass. They are joined
by Jools' 19-year-old brother Christopher Holland on 2nd keyboards at initial
gigs, but this role is soon filled by Andy Metcalfe
1988: Metcalfe is replaced by Matt Irving as 2nd keyboard
player on tour.
1990: Jools leaves again. Matt Irving continues to play
keyboards at gigs.
1991: Play is recorded as a quartet. On tour keyboards
are played by Carol Isaacs and the returning Don Snow.
1992: Lavis is replaced by Pete Thomas. Thomas' fellow
Attraction Steve Nieve (keyboards) joins the band for '92's live shows.
1993: Nieve replaced by Paul Carrack on keyboards.
1994: Thomas departs and is not replaced immediately.
Eventually, Andy Newmark fills the drum chair on tour. Aimee Mann
tours with this current lineup on vocals and guitar. Metcalfe also returns
to the fold to play keyboards at gigs when Carrack leaves again.
1995: Kevin Wilkinson joins on drums. Tilbrook plays practically
all keyboards on Ridiculous LP. On tour John Savannah, the former
Don Snow, does keyboard duties.
1998: Both Wilkinsons depart. The Difford/Tilbrook core
is joined by Christopher Holland on keyboards, Hilaire Penda on bass, and
Ash Soan on drums.
1999: Chris Difford announces that he is taking a temporary
time out. Ash leaves to tour with Marianne Faithful, replaced live in spring
1999 by Jim Kimberley. Ash returns for the fall US tour. Chris Holland
is replaced on the fall UK tour by Chris Braide.
A more detailed history of Squeeze's extensive lineup
changes is also available on this site.
They formed in 1974, with the original lineup as: Difford,
Tilbrook, Jools Holland, piano; Harry Kakoulli, bass guitar; and Paul Gunn,
drums. This lineup never recorded, as Gunn was replaced by Gilson Lavis
before the band ever hit the studio.
4) Where did the name Squeeze come from?
A major Velvet Underground fan, Chris apparently suggested
"Squeeze" out of sheer perversity - it's the name of the only Velvets LP
to feature neither Lou Reed nor John Cale. The name "Cum" was suggested,
but rejected when it was decided that appearing on Top of the Pops was
not a realistic goal with a moniker like that. Before they were Squeeze,
though, they performed under the name Captain Trundlow's Sky Company (or
Skyco for short).
5) Who are their influences?
Admitted and discernable influences include the Beatles (Difford
& Tilbrook were hailed as the next Lennon & McCartney in the press
since a 1981 Rolling Stone review of East Side Story), the Kinks,
the Monkees, Velvet Underground, Small Faces, Nils Lofgren, Randy Newman,
as well as some of the older theatrical writers like Rogers and Hammerstein,
Bernstein, etc. to name a few.
6) With whom have they played/collaborated?
A scarcely complete list:
7) Is there a fan club?
Elvis Costello - he provides back vocals on "Tempted", "There's
No Tomorrow", "Black Coffee in Bed" and also co-produced East Side Story.
Glenn duets with EC on "From a Whisper to a Scream" from Elvis' fine LP
Chris co-wrote the EC track "Boy with a Problem" from Imperial Bedroom
(the original demo of this track appears on the Rykodisc version of Trust).
Paul Young - back vocals on "Black Coffee in Bed". Chris and
Glenn returned the favour on his 1985 album The Secret of Association,
which also featured keyboard work by Matt Irving.
Dave Edmunds - produced "In Quintessence" and the version of
"Tempted" on Excess Moderation.
Robyn Hitchcock - Glenn sings on his Globe of Frogs LP
on the track "Beatle Denis".
Michael Penn - backup vocals on "The Day I Get Home". Glenn
& Keith sing backup on Penn's "Strange Season" from the LP Free
Aimee Mann - Chris and Glenn provide back vocals on numerous
songs from Aimee's LP I'm with Stupid. Some of those songs also
feature Glenn on guitar. Aimee also accompanied Squeeze onstage during
one 1994 tour.
Richard & Linda Thompson - Glenn provides back vocals
on their 1979 album Sunnyvista.
Spinal Tap - back vocals on "The Day I Get Home", from Play.
Fine Young Cannibals - Jools plays piano on "Good Thing", from
Raw and the Cooked.
Matt Johnson - Jools plays piano on "Uncertain Smile".
Plus numerous Jools Holland and Paul Carrack solo recordings.
Sadly, no. The Squeeze fan club has folded, as of fall 1998.
8) Is there a web page?
9) Is there a news group?
Activity persists at the highly-SPAMmed Usenet group alt.music.squeeze,
proving you can't keep good Squeeze fans down!
10) Is there a mailing list?
There are currently two Squeeze mailing lists available.
11) How about IRC chats?
The first, run through a service called Onelist, is setup for lively
discussion for one and all about the band.
Traffic on that list can get a bit heavy, much to the frustration of
those who are only really interested in the latest news, tour dates, and
events. For these people, we have established the Squeezefan News mailing
list, a read-only list which will keep you up-to-date on the latest release
info, tour dates and website updates.
For information on how to join either list, click
Got that covered, too. The channel #squeeze meets twice a week, and
impromptu, unscheduled chats are becoming more and more frequent. Heidi
Sackerson's #Squeeze Page features all of the information you should
need to join this online community.
12) Can I email the band?
Only Chris Difford has an e-mail address, but he loves to receive
fan e-mail. You can write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13) When will they be playing my town?
The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus, but have stressed
that they have not officially "broken up". But various members of Squeeze
tour fairly often: watch the tour dates section
of this site for information on when they'll be hitting a town near you.
Please note that we are unlinkely to have any tour information that is
not on the Tour Dates page, so e-mailing us to ask about upcoming gigs
will probably not be too fruitful. We don't sit on information, and as
soon as we know anything for sure we share it with the world.
PART II: THE BAND
1) Are those guys still around? Didn't they break
up? How many times?
The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus but has not officially
"broken up". They did break up, but only once, and that was way back in
late 1982. They reformed for a charity show in 1985 and decided to get
back together full time.
2) What are their biggest hits?
"Cool For Cats," and "Up the Junction," both went to #2 in the UK.
"Labelled with Love" hit UK #4, and "Take Me I'm Yours" #10. In the
US, singles chart placement has been more elusive and came later.
"Hourglass" was their biggest hit, going to #15 on the Billboard charts
in 1987. "853-5937" followed "Hourglass" and also broke the top 40, but
Squeeze has not seen any chart action since. Sweets From a Stranger
broke the top 40 LP charts as did Babylon and On. Singles - 45s
& Under has gone gold after all these years. Concerts consistently
sell out around America, lending credence to the fact that either everyone
loves Squeeze and no one buys their records, or everyone who loves Squeeze
buys their records and goes to every show humanly possible.
3) How do you spell that lead singer feller's name?
Glenn (with two "N"s) Tilbrook (one "L"). The number of variations
on this spelling that make their way into even the most reputable publications
are truly staggering.
4) Is Christopher Holland related to Jools Holland?
Yes, he's Jools' younger brother, and a featured player in Jools' Big
Band/Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. He is NOT Jools' son, as some journalists
who neglected to do their homework have suggested.
5) Were Keith and Kevin Wilkinson related?
6) What's Jools doing nowadays?
He's touring and recording as part of Jools Holland and His Rhythm
and Blues Orchestra (which prominently features Gilson Lavis). He
also hosts "Later with Jools Holland," a popular, eclectic music
show on British television. He also hosts a British version of the legendary
quiz show "Name That Tune", which uses the diverse musical talents of the
Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to full advantage. To find our more about Jools
and his day to day activities, visit the Jools
Groovy Web Pages.
7) What's Paul Carrack doing now?
He's just finished touring in support of his two recent solo LPs, Blue
Views (1995) and Beautiful World (1997). To keep up with
Paul's career, visit our sister site, htttp://www.carrack.com.
8) Are Don Snow and Jon Savannah the same person?
9) What happened to Harry Kakoulli?
He was booted from the band mysteriously in 1979 and the band always
refused to give a reason why and avoided the issue in interviews. He put
out the album Even When I'm Not after he left the band. Jim Griffiths
reports: "Harry Kakoulli has for several years been the producer of the
band The Ukranians, who are based in UK but have a fanatical European following
(in places like Poland). Harry works with the band in Leeds although
I'm not sure if he lives there. A friend of mine plays occasional bass
for the Ukranians and says Harry is a srange guy and goes missing occasionally
when the band are trying to record!"
10) What about the Wilkinsons?
Chris and Glenn, concerned about keeping the band's sound fresh, made
the decision in 1998 to discard the other members in favour of an entirely
new lineup. The Wilkinsons were let go. Future projects for Keith
have not been announced as of yet. Kevin, sadly, passed away in the summer
PART III: SONGS
1) Where does Chris get his ideas?
In a 1982 interview in the Trouser Press, Chris said most of his ideas
are not based on his own life events. He spent time during his formative
songwriting days as a clerk in a law office and supposedly took many song
ideas from there.
2) Have they ever covered any songs?
Covers have been, in general, very rare for Squeeze. Only three
have ever made it to an official Squeeze release: "Red Light", the B-side
to "Love Circles"; a live cover of Blur's "End of a Century" on one of
the "This Summer" CD singles; and a version of Bobby Womack's "Looking
For a Love" was recently issued as a bonus track on the Six of One
box set edition of East Side Story. In concert, they'll throw in
the occasional cover, but Chris says "that's really not what we're about."
In recent years they've peformed "Let the Good Times Roll" (Chris Holland's
vocal showcase in concert), "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson, "Can't
Buy Me Love" by the Beatles and "How Long" by Ace (the Ace tune because
Carrack fronted the band). In past years, they've covered "Band of Gold,"
"In the Heat of the Night," by Ray Charles with Jools on vocals (also on
Jools' "World of His Own" LP), Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" (again
song by Jools), and "Too Many Teardrops" by Nick Lowe, among many others.
3) Have they been covered?
Yes. You can find listings of cover versions under the individual
entries in the Songbook feature.
4) What are the words to (insert Squeeze song title
5) How many versions of (insert Squeeze song title
here) are there?
Different versions of the songs are covered in the Songbook
6) How do I find Squeeze's UK CD singles if I'm in
All of them are long out of print, so your chances of finding them
at one of the major online CD shops is pretty nil. A good place to check
for rare Squeeze items is the online auction site EBay,
which always seems to have a generous helping of Squeeze items up for grabs.
7) What Squeeze songs do not appear on any albums?
Many of the Squeeze B-sides and rare tracks have started finding their
way to CD, thanks to A&M's incessant milking of the band's back catalogue,
and those which are now available on CD will be duly noted below. This
is a list of the actual SONGS that didn't make it to the LPs in the past,
remixes and alternate versions are not included.
Cat on the Wall, Night Ride, Backtrack (the Packet of Three EP)
Heartbreak (unreleased until box set version of Squeeze)
Deep Cuts (unreleased until box set version of Squeeze)
Night Nurse (B-side to Take Me I'm Yours. CD: Master Series.)
All Fed Up (B-side to Bang Bang. CD: Master Series.)
Saints Alive (B-side to Goodbye Girl. CD: Master Series.)
Blood and Guts (unreleased until Excess Moderation)
I Must Go (unreleased until box set version of Cool For Cats)
Ain't It Sad (unreleased until box set version of Cool For Cats)
All's Well (B-side to Slap and Tickle.)
Wrong Again (Let's Face It) (a/k/a Wrong Way) (Smash Hits magazine
Christmas Day (single-only release. CD: Excess Moderation.)
Going Crazy (B-side to Christmas Day. CD: Excess Moderation.)
Pretty Thing (a/k/a Pretty One) (B-side to Another Nail For My Heart)
What the Butler Saw (B-side to Pulling Mussels. CD: Piccadilly Collection,
Funny How It Goes (unreleased until box set version of Argybargy)
Go (unreleased until box set version of Argybargy)
Trust (B-side to Is That Love. CD: Excess Moderation, Master Series.)
Yap Yap Yap (B-side to Tempted)
The Axe Has Now Fallen (unreleased until box set version of East Side
Lookin' For a Love (unreleased until box set version of East Side Story)
The Hunt (B-side to Black Coffee In Bed)
Elephant Girl (B-side to When the Hangover Strikes. CD: Piccadilly Collection)
I'm at Home Tonight (promo single: 2,000 copies only)
I Can't Get Up Anymore (unreleased until box set version of Sweets From
When Love Goes to Sleep (unreleased until box set version of Sweets
From a Stranger)
Spanish Guitar (B-side to Annie Get Your Gun. CD: Piccadilly Collection)
Within These Walls of Without You (B-side to Love's Crashing Waves. CD:
Collection, Excess Moderation)
Introvert (from the Hope Fell Down 12-inch)
Suites From Five Strangers (B-side to Last Time Forever)
The Fortnight Saga (B-side to No Place Like Home. CD: Box set version of
Fan Tutti Frutti)
Love's a Four Letter Word (unreleased until box set version of Cosi
Fan Tutti Frutti)
What Have They Done? (from the soundtrack of When the Wind Blows.
CD: Excess Moderation)
Wedding Bells (B-side to Hourglass. Appears on UK CDs of Babylon and
Splitting Into Three (from the Hourglass 12-inch. Appears on UK CDs of
Franks Bag (B-side to If It's Love. CD: Master Series.)
Red Light (B-side to Love Circles)
Who's That? (from the Love Circles 12-inch)
Maidstone (B-side to Sunday Street. CD: Excess Moderation)
Mood Swings (from the Sunday Street 12-inch/CDS)
Happiness Is King (B-side to Satisfied)
Laughing In My Sleep (from the Satisfied 12-inch/CDS)
Jumping (B-side to Some Fantastic Place)
Dark Saloons (from the Some Fantastic Place [SFP] CDS)
Discipline (from the SFP CDS)
Is That the Time? (from the SFP CDS)
Don't Be a Stranger (from the SFP CDS)
Stark Naked (from the SFP CDS)
Periscope (from This Summer CDS)
All the King's Horses (from This Summer CDS)
Cracker Jack (from Electric Trains CDS)
Fighting For Peace (from Electric Trains CDS)
This Road (from the soundtrack The Truth About Cats and Dogs)
Sweet as a Nut (from This Summer Remix [TSR] CDS)
In Another Lifetime (from TSR CDS)
Never There (from TSR CDS)
PART IV: THE ALBUMS
1) There are so many different Squeeze compilations
it makes my head swim. What are the actual, original albums?
Squeeze (a.k.a U.K. Squeeze) (1978), Cool For Cats
(1979), Argybargy (1980), East Side Story (1981), Sweets
From a Stranger (1982), Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985), Babylon
and On (1987), Frank (1989), Play (1991), Some Fantastic
Place (1993), Ridiculous (1995), and Domino (1998).
& Tilbrook (1984), the album Chris and Glenn recorded between the
two incarnations of Squeeze counts as one too.
2) What Squeeze albums are still in print? Where can
I find the CDs that have been deleted from the catalogue?
In the US, only East Side Story and Ridiculous are still
in print. Compilations still in print in the US are Singles - 45's and
Under and Piccadilly Collection. A&M have been claiming
for ages that remastered versions of Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, Babylon
and On and Difford & Tilbrook will be made available soon
in the US. All of Squeeze's albums (except Domino, which has
yet to be released Stateside) have been available at one point ot another
on CD in the US, so good advice would be to examine delete bins and used
CD stores carefully.
3) What does "argybargy" mean?
In the UK, the story is somewhat happier. Squeeze, Cool For Cats,
Argybargy, East Side Story, Sweets From a Stranger, Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti,Ridiculous
and Domino are all in print. The only compilation still in print
is Greatest Hits. All of Squeeze's albums save for Difford
& Tilbrook have been available on CD in the UK, so check out those
delete bins and used CD establishments!
According to Merriam Webster' Collegiate Dictionary, "argy-bargy" is
a lively discussion; an argument, debate. The Gs are soft.
4) What does "Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti" mean?
It merges the titles of two highly important pieces of music - Mozart's
comic opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" and Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti".
PART V: VIDEO
1) Have they done any videos? Where can I find them?
From the amount of airplay they get, you'd think no. But they've been
doing videos since "Take Me I'm Yours" all the way through "Heaven Knows."
There are two video compilations out: in the US, "Squeeze: The Videos 1978-1987"
(now out of print) and in the UK "Squeeze's Greatest Hits: The Videos"
which covers '78 through '89. The latter is also available on laserdisc
from Japan. An earlier version of the UK video, called "Video Squeeze"
(now out of print), didn't include numerous videos that appear on the "Greatest
Hits" video: "Love's Crashing Waves", "Messed Around", "Hits of the Year",
2) Who directed the "Hourglass" video?
The "Hourglass" video, a wonderful visual piece, incorporating visual
quotes from surrealist masterpieces and optical illusions galore, was a
big hit on MTV, helping it reach #15 on the US pop charts. It was nominated
for a 1987 MTV Video Award for Video of the Year.
Ade Edmonson, best known as Vyvian of The Young Ones and Eddie on Bottom,
3) I heard they did an MTV Unplugged. True?
directed "Hourglass", as well as "Trust Me To Open My Mouth" and "853-5937".
Sure did, in fact they were the first to ever appear on the show, back
in 1990. Just Chris & Glenn appeared and they performed three
songs, "She Doesn't Have to Shave," "Messed Around," and "Pulling Mussels."
Later in the show they joined host Jules Shear and the night's other guests
in a rendition of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer."
4) Have they ever appeared on any television shows?
They usually make the late night talk show circuit when they're on
tour in the US, including Letterman, Leno and Conan. I need help
from Brits and other nationals as far as non-US appearances. The only non-variety/talk
show I know of them appearing on is the "Cash" episode of "The Young Ones,"
where Jools & Chris perform the Bob Dylan tune "Subterranean Homesick
Blues" with Stewart Copeland of the Police, among others. Jools also
appears as the punk in the bank in the last episode of The Young Ones,
5) Have they ever had any televised concerts?
In the variety category, Glenn was recently (c. 1996) a panelist on
the UK music quiz programme, "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." Mat Terry
writes of the programme: "One memorable moment was during a round where
each team gets played a small section of a song, and they have to indentify
it. The opposing team was played a section of "Cool for Cats", which they
indentified, and the quizmaster (Mark Lamar) answered it with, "Correct,
and it was written by that man over there" - while pointing to Glenn.
Glenn just grinned, but must have thought "Sh*t! they did that on purpose".
Still, it was a good plug for the band at the time!
MTV has aired Squeeze concerts twice: In 1981 at LA's Country Club
and in 1988 at MTV's Spring Break. British TV has aired: 1) A concert from
Nottingham in 1979; 2) An Old Grey Whistle Test Special (defunct BBC2 show)
from The Regal, Hitchin, 1980; 3) A concert from The Ally Pally, London
as part of the Town And Country Club's 5th Birthday celebrations in 1991
shown on Satellite TV. They also appeared on the European concert program
"Rockpalast" in 1985. More recently, a four-song set was included on VH1's
series Hard Rock Live.
Updates, correction and revisions welcome. Write
Original FAQ by Dan Rivkin and Erik Gavriluk. Updates
by Christopher and Jennifer Beckett, with valuable contributions
from: Edward Clapprood, Jim Griffiths, Sherena Kranat, Martin Stockton,
Terry, Stephen Towler.