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@SQUEEZE

SONG BY SONG

SQUEEZE’S NEW TOUR, THE DIFFORD AND TILBROOK SONGBOOK 2019, AIMS TO GO DEEP. AS WELL AS THEIR CLASSICS, CHRIS DIFFORD AND GLENN TILBROOK WILL OFFER SOME DEEP-CUT FAN FAVOURITES THAT UNFAIRLY DIDN’T JOIN COOL FOR CATS, UP THE JUNCTION OR SOME FANTASTIC PLACE AS RIGHTLY REVERED POP MASTERPIECES. WHAT BETTER CHANCE, THEN, FOR CHRIS AND GLENN TO REVEAL THE STORIES BEHIND SOME OF SQUEEZE’S MIGHTIEST SONGS?

“Glenn and I have a complicated relationship – I think that’s why our songs are so brilliant,” says Chris Difford, summing up his and Glenn Tilbrook’s partnership that’s lasted for 46 years, with the occasional gap, since Glenn was the only person to answer Chris’ advert in a South London newsagent’s window looking for band members.

Over the course of two lengthy phone calls with the pair – Chris at his home in rural Sussex, Glenn from his studio on an industrial estate in Charlton – Chris seems right about those complications.

Glenn is roughly as you’d expect from Squeeze’s songs: jovial, talking in a good-natured stream of consciousness, affectionately teasing his songwriting partner while also making clear both his frustrations and admiration. Chris, as befits a lyricist, chooses his words with care, his conversation more intense and serious than Squeeze’s melody writer.

Chris: “Glenn and I have got divorced three or four times, but we’ve never figured out who’d get to keep what from our record collections. It’s been a difficult coming and going with him.

Ultimately, there’s an underlying current of admiration – from my end, at least – for Glenn as a writer and performer. That will always last. The way Glenn and I weave in and out of our lives, it’s a love story.”

Glenn: “I do love Chris. I’d agree with him that our relationship is a love story.”

Both make it clear their mutual respect doesn’t extend into a friendship.

Having released two albums since reforming in 2007, they also seem united that Squeeze’s future songwriting plans are unlikely to be extensive.

Glenn: “Chris and I exist in degrees of light and dark. What we have isn’t a friendship, it’s a partnership. There’s some sort of love in there somewhere, but it’s a love with next to no contact.”

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Issue 51 of Classic Pop is on sale now! This month, we have an exclusive interview with Bananarama's Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward as they return with their first new studio album in a decade. We also meet iconic duo Hall & Oates before their UK arena tour and talk to Gary Numan as part of our look into the superfan phenomenon. Classic Pop pays tribute to the wonderful Mark Hollis from Talk Talk and we celebrate the band's iconic Spirit Of Eden in our latest Classic Album feature. Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford take us inside their spiky songwriting partnership and we also hear from Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about his life as a one-of-a-kind wordsmith. Our packed new album reviews section includes Bananarama, Edwyn Collins, Toyah, Andy Bell and The Chemical Brothers. On the reissues front, we revisit New Order's debut album Movement plus re-releases from Prince, Kate Bush, R.E.M, David Bowie and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Tears For Fears, The Revolution, Holy Holy and Bryan Adams. Enjoy the issue!