Accounts vary as to what happened, but
Gunn departs, either because he quit, was fired, or was incapacitated prior
to a gig and his replacement just happened to be on hand with a solid knowledge
of the band's repertoire. In any case, Gilson Lavis takes over the
seat behind the drum kit. This is the lineup that will record the Packet
of Three EP (1977) as well as the albums (U.K.) Squeeze (1978)
and Cool For Cats (1979).
Kakoulli is let go to pursue his disco
muse. His replacement is John Bentley. This
Bentley/Difford/Holland/Lavis/Tilbrook lineup records the Argybargy
Holland leaves the band and forms his
own, the Millionaires. His position is filled by Paul Carrack, formerly
of Ace and much session work. This new band records the LP East Side
After only one album, Carrack leaves by
the end of the year to continue his solo career and various projects with
Nick Lowe. But don't despair, he returns later. For the time being, his
replacement is former Sincero Don Snow. This line-up records the
Sweets From a Stranger LP (1982), after which Difford and Tilbrook
decide to break the band up.
Squeeze re-forms. The new lineup is of
Difford, Holland, Lavis, Tilbrook, and Keith
Wilkinson on bass. They record the album Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985),
a record whose arrangements are so elaborate that they require a second
keyboard player on tour. Jools' 19-year-old brother Christopher Holland
fills the keyboard gap for initial gigs, but when it comes time to
get down to the serious business of touring, Ex-Egyptian (as in Robyn Hitchcock
and the) Andy Metcalfe takes on this role. Metcalfe also plays on
four tracks of 1987's Babylon and On, the second recording by the
Metcalfe leaves and Squeeze adopt Matt
Irving to fill his shoes as the band's supplementary tour keyboard
player. Irving also plays accordion on two tracks on 1989's Frank
Jools leaves the band to pursue solo projects
and his TV career. He is not replaced immediately. Irving continues to
play with the band at live dates.
The album Play is released, and
features a variety of people on keyboards, including Glenn, former Attraction
Steve Nieve, and Irving. On tour the quartet of Difford/Lavis/Tilbrook/Wilkinson
is supplemented by keyboard players Carol Isaacs and the returning
Lavis is let go from the band. His replacement
is Elvis Costello's favourite drummer, Pete Thomas. Thomas' fellow
Attraction Steve Nieve (keyboards) joins the band for '92's live
Paul Carrack returns to the fold
on keyboards and with the Difford/Thomas/ Tilbrook/Wilkinson foundation,
records the LP Some Fantastic Place (1993).
Thomas leaves for the much-ballyhooed
Elvis Costello & the Attractions reunion. He is not replaced immediately
and the band plays some live shows with Paul Carrack playing snare drum
in addition to his keyboard duties. Eventually Carrack's friend, session
drummer Andy Newmark hops on board for the live shows. This lineup
of Squeeze tours with singer/songwriter Aimee Mann on vocals
and guitar. Another new/old face to show up behind the keyboards at live
gigs this year is Andy Metcalfe. By the end of the year, Carrack
has left for the second time.
The LP Ridiculous is recorded by
the lineup of Difford/Tilbrook/Keith Wilkinson and new drummer Kevin
Wilkinson (no relation). Tilbrook plays keyboards on most of the album,
but one track features John Savannah, formerly known as Don Snow.
When it comes time to tour, he is the band's keyboard player.
Both Wilkinsons depart from the band.
Squeeze release the "Down in the Valley" single, with only Chris and Glenn
appearing on the track. When it comes time to form a new lineup,
Christopher Holland returns to the fold, in his sibling's old role,
keyboards and vocals. The new rhythm section is made up of Hilaire Penda
(bass) and former Del Amitri member Ashley (Ash) Soan (drums). This
lineup records the album Domino.
Chris Difford announces he is taking time
off from the band. Soon after that, Ash departs. His touring replacement
for June gigs opening for Blondie is Jim Kimberley.