Annie Get Your Gun (song)

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"Annie Get Your Gun"
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Single by Squeeze
from the album Singles – 45's and Under
Released 8 October 1982 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave
Length 3:22
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
Producer(s) Alan Tarney
Squeeze singles chronology
"I've Returned"
(1982)
"Annie Get Your Gun"
(1982)
"Last Time Forever"
(1985)
"I've Returned"
(1982)
"Annie Get Your Gun"
(1982)
"Last Time Forever"
(1985)

"Annie Get Your Gun" was a single released by Squeeze in 1982. It was not featured on any studio album, but has been included on a number of compilations, including Singles – 45's and Under. "Annie Get Your Gun" (which borrows its name from a popular musical) was the last single released by the band before they broke up, though they reunited in 1985.

Background[edit]

After the failure of the band's previous album, Sweets from a Stranger, Squeeze's record company, A&M, asked them to make a new single.[1] Glenn Tilbrook already had put together two songs, "Action Speaks Faster" and "Annie Get Your Gun."[1] He then asked the rest of the band to pick the one to be recorded, resulting in "Annie Get Your Gun" being unanimously chosen.[1] The band was then sent to producer Alan Tarney, who Tilbrook played the song for.[1] When the band was brought back by Tarney, they found that Tarney had already completed the backing track to the song, only needing Tilbrook and Chris Difford's vocals.[1] Glenn Tilbrook said on the matter, "It was like we were in The Monkees. Alan did a very good job, but it was devastating for us because we could all play so well, although I didn't mind as much as the others because I was singing the lead vocal."[1] Drummer Gilson Lavis, however, was insistent that he record a drum track.[1]

The song reached number 43 in the UK Singles Chart,[2] but the song later gained fame as part of Squeeze's live set.[1]

Squeeze performed "Annie Get Your Gun" on Saturday Night Live on 20 November 1982.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Annie Get Your Gun" (3:22)
  2. "Spanish Guitar" (2:38)
"Annie Get Your Gun (live)"
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Single by Squeeze
from the album A Round and a Bout
Released April 1990 (US)
Format 5" CD
Recorded ?
Genre Rock
Length 3:24
Label I.R.S. Records & Deptford Fun City Records
Songwriter(s) Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
Producer(s) Steve Forward & Glenn Tilbrook
Squeeze singles chronology
"Love Circles"
(1990)
"Annie Get Your Gun (live)"
(1990)
"Sunday Street"
(1991)
"Love Circles"
(1990)
"Annie Get Your Gun (live)"
(1990)
"Sunday Street"
(1991)

Live recording[edit]

"Annie Get Your Gun (live)" was released as a single in the US from Squeeze's live album, A Round and a Bout. The original song had been released as a single in 1982. The CD included the band's entire debut EP, Packet of Three, as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Annie Get Your Gun (live)" (3:24)
  2. "Is It Too Late (live)" (3:22)
  3. "Back Track" (2:21)
  4. "Night Ride" (3:03)
  5. "Cat On The Wall" (3:13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Tillbrook, Glenn; Difford, Chris; Drury, Jim. Squeeze: Song by Song. Sanctuary. pp. 87–89. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Saturday NET", Prismnet.com, 2015-04-01, retrieved 2015-04-01 

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