Music / Squeeze

To change the mood a little I've been posing down the pub,
On seeing my reflection, I'm looking slightly rough,
I fancy this I fancy that I want to be so flash,
I give a little muscle, I spend a little cash,
But all I get is bitter and a nasty little rash,
And by the time I'm sober I've forgotten what I had,
And everybody tells me that it's cool to be a cat,
It's cool for cats.
Squeeze, "Cool For Cats"

Squeeze is a new wave band from Deptford, South London. The group formed in 1974 when Glenn Tilbrook answered an advertisement Chris Difford posted looking for a guitarist and bandmate. The two began writing music together, and were soon recording and publicly performing. Their first hit came in 1978 with "Take Me, I’m Yours". The band experienced great success, at least in the U.K., with songs that followed, including "Cool For Cats", "Up The Junction”, "Tempted", "Labelled With Love" and "Black Coffee In Bed".

The group broke up for the first time in 1982 due to artistic and personal tensions in the band, especially between main songwriters Difford and Tilbrook. Realizing that their songwriting partnership was too valuable to be scrapped, Difford and Tilbrook collaborated again in 1984 to release a Squeeze-unaffiliated album (aptly titled Difford &Tilbrook) before reforming in 1985 as Squeeze once again. Further chart success followed, including the US hit “Hourglass” in 1987. The band continue to tour and record today.

Glenn Tilbrook and and Chris Difford have remained the two constants in the band’s lineup through their many years together. Other notable and long-standing members in the band include keyboardists Jools Holland and Paul Carrack, bassists John Bentley and Keith Wilkinson, and drummer Gilson Lavis. The current line-up consists of Tilbrook, Difford, keyboardist Stephen Large, bassist Yolanda Charles, drummer Simon Hanson and percussionist Steve Smith.


  • Squeeze (1978)
  • Cool For Cats (1978)
  • Argybargy (1980)
  • East Side Story (1981)
  • Sweets From A Stranger (1982)
  • Difford & Tilbrook (Difford & Tilbrook) (1984)
  • Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
  • Babylon And On (1987)
  • Frank (1989)
  • Play (1991)
  • Some Fantastic Place (1993)
  • Ridiculous (1995)
  • Domino (1998)
  • Spot The Difference (2010)
  • Cradle To The Grave (2015)

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

For the final Velvet Underground album of the same name, see Squeeze.

Cool for Tropes

  • Age-Progression Song: "Up The Junction", the baby is created, born and learns to walk.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Gilson Lavis had this said about him prior to sobriety
  • Artistic License: Referencing the otherwise unrelated William Tell and Maid Marian in "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)"
  • Breakup Breakout: Jools Holland went on to have a very successful career as a television presenter with his show Later...with Jools Holland while also having a solo career which produced two platinum selling albums.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The opening line of "Touching Me Touching You"
    "I’m always touching myself"
  • Homage: to The Sweeney in Cool For Cats
  • Intercourse with You: Many Squeeze songs fit into this category with "Loving You Tonight" being very blunt:
    "Sometimes I can't see the trees for the wood
    But loving you tonight feels good"
  • Market-Based Title: The band's first Self-Titled Album was dubbed U.K. Squeeze in America due to a band named Tight Squeeze already existing.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: "Goodbye Girl"
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Sex Master"
    • "Hard to Find" - the singer tells how he ties his girlfriend up, but then passes out drunk.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Slightly Drunk"
  • The One That Got Away: "Up the Junction", after marriage and parenthood.
  • Revolving Door Band: Those that aren't Difford or Tilbrook tend to change, although Gilson and Jools both came back post break up
  • Sequel Song: "Vicky Verky" to "Up the Junction" and possibly "Labelled with Love"
  • Shout-Out: "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" mentions "A Harold Robbins paperback"
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Difford on "Love Circles" and "Cool for Cats". Keyboardist (and later vocalist for Mike + the Mechanics) Paul Carrack on "Tempted."
  • Teen Pregnancy: "Vicky Verky", which notably averts Good Girls Avoid Abortion.
  • Visual Pun: In the logo on the front cover of East Side Story, the second "e" in "Squeeze" is printed much smaller than the rest of the word - thus, the middle of their name is being "squeezed".