Sunday, January 9, 2011

Squeeze: Spot The Difference

After hearing an old Squeeze song the other day on the radio during one of those "flashback" shows, "Pulling Mussels" to be specific, I got to wondering two things:

#1 - Why are there not more bands reviving this brilliant material with cover versions?
#2 - Whatever happened to them anyway?

The answer to my first question was dismaying, in that I found the vast number of people under 30 that I consulted with had never heard of them. But the answer to my second question was way cool. 2010 saw the release of Spot The Difference, a re-execution of some of their biggest and best songs. This includes the classics "Pulling Mussels", "Tempted", and "Black Coffee in Bed". Difford and Tillbrook spent many years being referred to as "The new Lennon & McCartney" by a wide range of critics so that gives you some immediate insight into the quality of the songwriting. While not having spoken with the band directly to confirm this, it is widely put forth that one of the reasons behind this record is that they do not own the rights to the original recordings and are therefore not profiting off the sales of the originals. Now, at first glance you would be inclined to think, oh no, these are going to be old guys trying to revive their lost youth. However, you couldn't be further from the reality. These songs sound damn good, and in many cases as good as, if not better than, the originals. So come on, buy the album and help support the artist making money off their art, rather than being shafted by bad label deals. Squeeze covering Squeeze - How cool is that?

Oh, and if you happen to be in a band who have recorded a Squeeze cover (other than Head Automatica which I already have), feel free to email or post your information in the comments.

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