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THE LIKELY LADS

SQUEEZE WERE CHART MAINSTAYS FROM THE LATE SEVENTIES TO THE MID-EIGHTIES, WHEN THEY WERE HAILED AS THE NEW WAVE BEATLES. HOWEVER, GLENN TILBROOK AND CHRIS DIFFORD – THE LENNON & MCCARTNEY OF THE PIECE – WERE BESET BY PERSONAL DIFFICULTIES AND THEY CALLED IT A DAY. NOW THEY’RE BACK WITH A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM, AND ARE PREPARED TO REVEAL ALL – WELL, ALMOST ALL…

PAUL LESTER

Pics: ROB O’CONNOR
Tibrook and Difford: “You can’t go on being your own tribute band. So we wrote some new songs”

Glenn Tilbrook, the music-writing half of Squeeze – his partner Chris Difford pens the words – is in a state of shock. We’re hanging around in a café backstage at a venue in Milton Keynes, waiting for the band to soundcheck, when news comes in of a recent Guardian live review. In it, the journalist, somewhat taken aback, reported that a member of the audience was heard shouting “PLAY MORE NEW SONGS!” This rarely, if ever, happens. On the road, bands of Squeeze’s vintage usually meet the needs of their nostalgia-loving public by regaling them with the finest moments from their back catalogue. Demands from the audience for tracks from the latest record are few and far between, if not nonexistent.

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The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.