Squeeze – Cool for Cats

ARTIST: Squeeze                         220px-coolforcats

TITLE:  Cool for Cats

YEAR RELEASED: 1979

CHART ACTION: #45 UK

SINGLES: Goodbye Girl (#63 UK), Cool for Cats (#2 UK), Up the Junction (#2 UK), Slap and Tickle (#24 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Slightly Drunk

LINEUP: Glenn Tillbrook, Chris Difford, Jools Holland, Gilson Lavis, Harry Kakoulli

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  Second Squeeze album gets the lads on track, and provides them with some excellent singles and decent album cuts.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Listening to Cool for Cats after hearing their first album, you get the sense that this was the album they had in them all along.

Some great story songs from the Difford and Tillbrook team, with Tillbrook’s somewhat angelic voice helped along by Jools Holland’s fun keyboard accents. The production is still a little ragged (I really don’t like the drums sound, but it’s a very dead 70’s tom sound, so maybe it’s just me) but most of the songs shine through.

There are a couple of cuts that probably could have been left off / improved, but deep cuts like “Slightly Drunk”, “It’s So Dirty”, “The Knack”, and “Hop, Skip & Jump” were excellent, and also pointed the way for the next Squeeze album.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This quickly became a Gold Record in the UK.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of b-sides / outtakes.

GRADE: A-: Mostly a fun record, and a definite Squeeze album with story songs and wry wordplay.

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