Babylon and On

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Babylon and On
Studio album by Squeeze
Released September 1987
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 42:05
Label A&M
Producer Eric "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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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

Album History[edit]

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 utilized 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 would end up working again with Glenn Tilbrook during his solo years.

The album was released in September of 1987 and gave them their biggest U.S. hit, "Hourglass." The song became an unexpected U.S. hit[2] for the band, reaching #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."[3]

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

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



  • T-Bone Wolk – accordion
  • Monique Dyan – backing vocals, duet vocals on "Striking Matches"


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  3. ^ Bud Scoppa with Darryl Morden Music Connection, 25 January 1988

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