The best country/western band to ever come out of England.
“The past has been bottled and labeled with love“
Squeeze was new wave because the band was born in that era.
That is the only reason – at heart they are pure country.
Take out the cornfield and put in a semi-detached cul de sac neighborhood.
Replace sweet tea with hot tea.
Remove the coyote and add a confused and malnourished stray cat.
These guys sing about where they are with humor and fatalism like no band before or after.
And (just like great country music) – they are not singing to us – they are us.
Us amplified in a poetic and tragic way.
Yeah, right in your kitchen
Jools Holland banging at the keyboards almost looks like he is ready to get his own show!
His talent is great but his real gift is getting the best out of those around him —Yes, I am talking Difford and Tilbrook here. One of my favorites* (I almost spelled it favourites) of all time is ArgyBargy
ArrgyBargy is not a perfect record – it has flaws – but like an old friend that you are always happy to see – I love this record.
Love and hate sharing an awkward bath together – with bubbles!
This band works on me on a few different levels.
They always cut through to the humorous core.
Mostly, they make me feel better – and feeling better is what this blog thing is all about, so one more and cheers from the cave!
Did you notice the western theme? Huh?
*Favorite – I often feel sorry for kids from other countries with a different language who come to America.
As an English kid – it was: Favourite is now Favorite and watch out for Colour, drop the u there too. Also——don’t ask where the toilet is, ask to use the bathroom —America is a land of many toilets but they don’t like the word—-also, forget about getting a good cup of tea anywhere and drink cold soda—–Any Questions? Good — Go get ‘em!
Note: If you keep reading my blog, you will get my whole life story- which is reluctantly doled out in tiny scraps here and there.