An English band that came to popularity in the late â€˜70s, Squeeze is well known for their chart topping classics â€œTemptedâ€, â€œHourglassâ€ and â€œ853-5937â€. Led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, the group formed in London in 1974, first broke up in 1982, reformed in 1985, and broke up again in 1999. The band reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007, and this touring version has continued into 2010.
Beginning as a band playing local London venues as teens, it was their second album Cool For Cats, released in 1979, which cemented their place as one of Britainâ€™s most important and beloved bands. In 1981 the band cut perhaps their best-known album, East Side Story. It was produced by Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian, and featured Paul Carrack's lead vocals on the radio hit "Tempted". The third incarnation of Squeeze was in promotion of the reissue of the bandâ€™s back catalog and has been touring ever since. Rather than taking the route of writing entirely new material, Squeeze is focusing on their past accomplishments, playing a greatest hits collection and proving just why such British acts as Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and Kasabian site them as their musical role models.
Needless to say, through breakups and everything thatâ€™s been thrown their way, Squeeze isnâ€™t going anywhere. Difford and Tilbrookâ€™s relationship is one of the most fruitful partnerships in the history of pop songwriting, having written well over 1000 songs together. Squeeze will be headlining a show with Cheap Trick at Bostonâ€™s Bank of America Pavilion on July 14th.