Babylon and On

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Babylon and On
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1987
RecordedJuly 1986-June 1987
StudioSwanyard, Islington, London; AIR Studios, Oxford Street, London; Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London
GenreNew wave, pop rock
ProducerEric "ET" Thorngren
Glenn Tilbrook
Squeeze chronology
Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
Babylon and On
Singles from Babylon and On
  1. "Hourglass"
    Released: July 1987
  2. "Trust Me to Open My Mouth"
    Released: September 1987
  3. "The Waiting Game"
    Released: November 1987
  4. "853-5937"
    Released: January 1988 (UK), February 1988 (US)
  5. "Footprints"
    Released: June 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Babylon and On is the seventh album released in 1987 by the British new wave group Squeeze.


Eric "ET" Thorngren produced the album, along with Glenn Tilbrook. The group officially expanded to a sextet with the addition of former Soft Boys member Andy Metcalfe; a bassist in that group, here Metcalfe was used as a second keyboard player (behind Jools Holland). However, despite being pictured and billed as a full member of the band, the track-by-track musician listings included with this album reveal that Metcalfe only played on three songs: "Tough Love", "The Prisoner" and "Some Americans". Metcalfe left Squeeze before their next album was recorded, although he worked again with Glenn Tilbrook during his solo years. The album peaked at number 14 in the UK Albums Chart, the highest ranking there for a Squeeze album, aside from greatest hits compilations, until Cradle to the Grave (2015) reached number 12.[2][3][4]

The album was released in September 1987 and gave them their biggest US hit single, "Hourglass." The song became an unexpected US hit[5] for the band, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, which Chris Difford attributed to the video for the song as much as the song itself: "I would think that the video has had a lot to do with it. It’s been played a lot, and everybody you speak to compliments you on it. When you meet fans after gigs, they say, “Your video’s great.” They don’t say, “Your album’s great.” So it’s the first thing they think of."[6]

A second song released in the US later in the year, "853-5937", also landed at number 32 on the US Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

  1. "Hourglass" – 3:16
  2. "Footprints" – 3:49
  3. "Tough Love" – 3:07
  4. "The Prisoner" – 4:06
  5. "853-5937" – 3:16
  6. "In Today's Room" – 3:28
  7. "Trust Me to Open My Mouth" – 3:12
  8. "Striking Matches" – 3:02
  9. "Cigarette of a Single Man" – 3:29
  10. "Who Are You?" – 3:30
  11. "The Waiting Game" – 3:06
  12. "Some Americans" – 4:40

Bonus tracks on UK CD version[edit]

  1. "Splitting into Three" – 3:35
  2. "Wedding Bells" – 2:21

Bonus tracks on Japanese CD version[edit]

  1. "Wedding Bells" – 2:21
  2. "Take Me I'm Yours (Live)" – 4:04




  • T-Bone Wolk – accordion on 3, 8, 12
  • Monique Dyan – backing vocals on 4, 5, 6, 10; duet vocals on 8
  • Pam Baker, Mike Sheerie, Stewart Dunning – mob vocal on 8
  • Del Newman – string arrangement and conducting on 11


  1. ^ "Babylon and On – Squeeze | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Rudimental score second Number 1 album: "This is mad!"". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ "SQUEEZE". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Babylon and On – Squeeze | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  6. ^ Bud Scoppa with Darryl Morden Music Connection, 25 January 1988

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