Another New Wave gem from 1978, more proto-Dub Step squelching synths and driving baseline, on closer inspection, this single bears remarkable resemblance to The Stranglers, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy (The Stranglers “came across the West Sea” these guys “came across the desert”) …….. or is it just me?
Taken from Squeeze‘s self-titled debut album on A&M Records, the single features a great pice of Pop Art on the picture sleeve, a body-builder in flouro yellow, leopard skin trunks flexes his monotone, screen printed torso on a wonderful flouro pink background. His eyes are blanked out with a black banner bearing the word, “Squeeze”. You can almost feel the pressure.
Squeeze went on to produce a catalogue of great pop singles, with 1979’s “Cool For Cats” and “Up The Junction” taking the charts by storm and establishing writers, Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook as “the new Lennon & McCartney”. The “Best Of album”, “The Big Squeeze” comes highly recommended but it was was this dark and sexy tune that got me hooked.