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Squeeze

It rarely fails. As new genres emerge there seems to a need to anoint a pair of songwriters as the new Lennon and McCartney. New Wave did so with the pair of Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook; better known as the creative unit behind Squeeze.

Though they never had the success or impact of The Beatles (who could?), Squeeze carved their niche as one of the most Pop accessible New Wave acts. Much of their music provides a link to the British guitar driven sounds that would come later as well as the Post Punk movement that they came from. Lyrically, they were far cleverer than they got credit for, and in looking back it is a little puzzling that they did not make a bigger impact in the United States. They probably won’t make the Hall, but they might get a look or two from the committee.

 

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Should Squeeze be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 77.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.2%
No opinion. - 1.2%
No way! - 3.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #118
    2012: #113
    2013: #106
    2014: #100
    2015: #97
    2016: #105
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: They were one of the more respected of the New Wave genre.
  • Why they won't get in: Their success on the American side of the Atlantic was not strong.
  • Essential Albums: Squeeze (1978)
    Cool for Cats (1979)
    Argybargy (1980)
    East Side Story (1981)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Take Me I’m Yours (From Squeeze, 1978)
    Up the Junction (From Cool for Cats, 1979)
    Cool for Cats (From Cool for Cats, 1979)
    Pulling Mussels from the Shell (From Argybargy, 1980)
    Another Nail in My Heart (From Argybargy, 1980)

Should Squeeze be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 77.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.2%
No opinion. - 1.2%
No way! - 3.6%

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Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:08

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+2 #3 Committee Chairman 2014-11-01 18:23
There is a Graham Parker page, where you can make a case there. Saying that, votes propel or plummet acts from this point on. Welcome aboard here!
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+2 #2 Dennis O. 2014-11-01 15:22
They barely "Squeezed" into the top 100 ....but in my opinion they should rank much higher (somewhere in the top 40.
Also: How could you leave Squeeze's contemporary Graham Parker (with or without The Rumour) out of the top 100 HOF candidates. It's also a shame that The J. Geils Band didn't make the top 100.!
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+1 #1 bsak 2013-05-27 23:39
Fox on the Run? Ummm that is a Sweet song, and nothing close in title on Cool for Cats
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