Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Squeeze - Cool For Cats (1979)


Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by the 1997 remastered CD with bonus tracks.

Awesome, goofy, early New Wave/power pop. This was Squeeze's sophomore effort and it is better than most. When Jools Holland plays piano with the group, they always sound like a pub band to me and that suits this music just fine. Miles ahead of the group's debut, UK Squeeze, but not quite as good as the follow-up, Argybargy.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: General Difford & Tilbrook greatness. Top tracks are Slap And Tickle, Up The Junction, Goodbye Girl, and the title track. I'm not a fan of The Knack and Slightly Drunk. When you hear the two bonus tracks, it is easy to understand why they were left off the original album (I'm just guessing the bonus tracks were recorded around the same time as the rest of the album. The useless liner notes are little more than a track listing and band credits.)

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Sadly, despite my best efforts, the title track of this album would not be considered for the BCHS Class of 1984 class song. An early example of "the man" keeping me down. In this particular instance, "the man" was actually our female senior class sponsors. Teachers were always stifling my creativity. So what did we end up with as our senior class song? All The Way by Triumph. WTF??

I don't know why I've kept it, but my original cassette is one of the few tapes I still have.


Previously revisited for the blog:
Domino (1998)
Some Fantastic Place (1993)
Babylon and On (1987)
Difford & Tilbrook (1984)
Argybargy (1980)

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