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Music / Squeeze (1973)

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"Now I'm grown, I'm on my own, running free and wild."

Squeeze is the fifth and final studio album by The Velvet Underground (mostly In Name Only), released in 1973 through Polydor Records. It is their first and only studio album made after the departures of Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison. Maureen Tucker— as well as relative newcomers Willie Alexander and Walter Powers were supposed to appear on the album, but were all dismissed by the band manager before recording started. As a result, Squeeze would become a Doug Yule solo album in all but name, with him playing the majority of the instruments. Interestingly, Ian Paice of Deep Purple played drums on this album.

Upon release, the album bombed and the Velvet Underground broke up for good shortly after. Time has done little to vindicate this album, and for long periods of time this album has been out of print. It is also often left out of the canon by both fans and the band themselves— for better or worse— and as a result it has never been reissued on a physical format. That said, it did eventually get added to streaming services, so anyone curious to hear it can still do so officially. Anyone looking for a physical copy though is still forced to Keep Circulating the Tapes.

For the rock band of the same name, see Squeeze.


Side One
  1. "Little Jack" (3:25)
  2. "Crash" (1:21)
  3. "Caroline" (2:34)
  4. "Mean Old Man" (2:52)
  5. "Dopey Joe" (3:06)
  6. "Wordless" (3:00)

Side Two

  1. "She'll Make You Cry" (2:43)
  2. "Friends" (2:37)
  3. "Send No Letter" (3:11)
  4. "Jack And Jane" (2:53)
  5. "Louise" (5:43)

Principal Member:

  • Doug Yule - lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards

She'll Make You Trope:

  • The Band Minus the Face: A prime example, considering that none of the founding members are involved.
  • Book Ends: The album cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico had a phallic symbol in the form of a banana. This final VU album has one too in the shape of a skyscraper gripped by a hand.
  • Break Up Song: "She'll Make You Cry", warning for a girl that's prone to disappoint you.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Almost nobody acknowledges Squeeze, although the album has its defenders. To be fair, it's basically a Doug Yule solo album since only he, Ian Paice and a few session musicians played on it, and the only reason it's even in the VU discography is because of their manager Steve Sesnick.
  • Covers Always Lie: This album has practically nothing to do with the Velvet Underground, except that a band member plays on it.
  • I Am the Band and In Name Only: Doug Yule for this album. This is literally his solo album in all but name. The only other musicians are Ian Paice, an unknown saxophonist and a female vocalist whose identity is also unknown.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Crash" is a mere 1:21 long.
  • Name and Name: "Jack And Jane".
  • New Sound Album: Its sounds unlike anything else by The Velvet Underground, being a breezier pop rock album far removed from their traditional art rock style. Most of this is down to the fact that Doug Yule was the only band member who actually played on the record — and even then he wasn't one of the founding members.
  • One-Man Song: "Dopey Joe", "Little Jack", "Mean Old Man".
  • One-Woman Song: "Caroline", "Louise".
  • One-Word Title: Squeeze, "Crash", "Caroline", "Friends" and "Louise".
  • Special Guest: Ian Paice of Deep Purple plays drums on this album.
  • Visual Innuendo: The album cover looks like a phallic symbol.

Alternative Title(s): Squeeze Album