Argybargy

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Argybargy
Argybargy.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1980
Recorded1979-January 1980
StudioOlympic Studios, Barnes, London
GenreRock, new wave
Length36:14
LabelA&M
ProducerJohn Wood, Squeeze
Squeeze chronology
Cool for Cats
(1979)
Argybargy
(1980)
East Side Story
(1981)
Singles from Argybargy
  1. "Another Nail in My Heart"
    Released: January 1980
  2. "If I Didn't Love You"
    Released: March 1980 (US)
  3. "Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)"
    Released: April 1980
  4. "Farfisa Beat"
    Released: September 1980 (DK/DE), February 1981 (CH)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB− [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars [3]
Mojo4/5 stars [4]
Record Collector4/5 stars [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [6]
Smash Hits9/10 [7]

Argybargy is the third album by the UK new wave band Squeeze. Argybargy was released in February 1980 peaking at number 32 in the UK Albums Chart spending 15 weeks in that listing.[8] On the US dance chart, all cuts from "Argybargy" peaked at number 76, and spent 6 weeks on that listing, in the summer of 1980.[9]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing below is from the original UK LP release. On the American release, the song order was changed slightly, with "If I Didn't Love You" moved up to the first track of the second side, but the order otherwise remaining the same. All songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)" – 3:58
  2. "Another Nail in My Heart" – 2:56
  3. "Separate Beds" – 3:21
  4. "Misadventure" – 2:56
  5. "I Think I'm Go Go" – 4:18

Side two[edit]

  1. "Farfisa Beat" – 2:57
  2. "Here Comes That Feeling" – 2:12
  3. "Vicky Verky" – 3:12
  4. "If I Didn't Love You" – 4:11
  5. "Wrong Side of the Moon" (Jools Holland, Difford) – 2:25
  6. "There at the Top" – 3:46

Bonus tracks (1997 CD reissue)[edit]

In 1997, the CD was released in the UK with two bonus tracks, as part of the Six of One... box set. The set included the band's first six studio albums, each digitally remastered. These CDs were made available for individual purchase in 1998.

  1. "Funny How It Goes" – 3:49
  2. "Go" – 4:12

2008 deluxe edition[edit]

Argybargy was re-issued in 2008 as a two disc deluxe edition. The first disc includes the original album, the two bonus cuts from the 1997 reissue, and seven additional bonus tracks.

  1. "What the Butler Saw" ("Pulling Mussels" b-side) – 2:46
  2. "Someone Else's Heart" (Previously Unreleased Version) – 2:55
  3. "Pretty One" ("Another Nail in My Heart" b-side) – 2:46
  4. "Going Crazy" ("Christmas Day" b-side) – 3:56
  5. "Farfisa Beat" (Previously Unreleased Alternate Version) – 2:58
  6. "Library Girl" (Demo) – 3:17
  7. "If I Didn't Love You" (Glenn Tilbrook Demo) – 3:39

The second disc contains a concert recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on 9 March 1980, plus a US radio commercial for the album.

  1. Radio Commercial – 1:05
  2. "Slap and Tickle" – 3:54
  3. "Touching Me Touching You" – 2:07
  4. "Slightly Drunk" – 2:40
  5. "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" – 3:44
  6. "Hop Skip and Jump"
  7. "Funny How It Goes" – 3:18
  8. "Another Nail in My Heart" – 2:55
  9. "Cool for Cats" – 3:46
  10. "Mess Around" – 2:37
  11. "I Think I'm Go Go" – 4:55
  12. "Take Me I'm Yours"
  13. "If I Didn't Love You" – 3:54
  14. "Strong in Reason" – 4:06
  15. "Misadventure"
  16. "It's So Dirty" – 3:02
  17. "Goodbye Girl" – 4:14
  18. "Up the Junction" – 3:03
  19. "There at the Top"
  20. "Going Crazy" – 4:59

Personnel[edit]

Squeeze

with:

It would be the last album featuring founding member Jools Holland until Squeeze's first reunion album, 1985's Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti.

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
CRIA – Canada Gold 1 October 1981

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Argybargy – Squeeze". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Squeeze: Argybargy". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Squeeze: Argybargy". Mojo: 123. Such bittersweet, Rubber Soul-ful plays-for-today as 'Pulling Mussels (From The Shell),' 'Another Nail In My Heart,' the underrated 'Farfisa Beat' and 'Vicky Verky' repay close attention.
  5. ^ "Squeeze: Argybargy". Record Collector: 95. Difford's lyrics were stronger and more elaborate than before, especially his use of metaphor on the singles 'Another Nail in My Heart' and 'Pulling Mussels from the Shell.'
  6. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Squeeze". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 773–74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Starr, Red (6–19 March 1980). "Squeeze: Argybargy". Smash Hits: 30–31.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 243.