Messed Around

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"Messed Around"
Single by Squeeze
from the album East Side Story
Released 1981 (US)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 2:40
Label A&M
Producer(s) Roger Bechirian & Elvis Costello
Squeeze singles chronology
"Labelled With Love"
(1981)
"Messed Around"
(1981)
"Black Coffee in Bed"
(1982)

"Messed Around" is a US single released from Squeeze's fourth album, East Side Story.

Background[edit]

Author Jim Drury stated that the song was one which ex-Squeeze member Jools Holland may have enjoyed playing on, to which Glenn Tillbrook said, "Yeah. There was definitely a feeling of 'See what you're missing out on, Jools. Look at all the fun you could be having.' Paul [Carrack] did a great job on it and we recorded it virtually live in the studio."[1] Tillbrook also said that the "song showed what a great band we had at the time, one of Squeeze's strongest line-ups."[1]

Chris Difford said "[i]t actually sounds like Jools [Holland] playing on it. It's a breathtaking solo by Paul. Piano playing does not get any better than that. When we recorded this I felt as though I'd finally arrived, that I was in a proper band with real men. Glenn's guitar sounds very Scotty Moore, with a distant amplifier. It's reminiscent of one of Glenn's earlier solos from when we were younger and a great way to end an album."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Messed Around" (2:40)
  2. "Yap Yap Yap" (4:13)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tillbrook, Glenn; Difford, Chris; Drury, Jim. Squeeze: Song by Song. Sanctuary.