Cool for Cats (album)

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Cool for Cats
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Studio album by
Released4 January 1979
Recorded1978
StudioOlympic Studios and Britannia Row Studios, London; mixed at Sound Techniques, London
GenreNew wave, rock, power pop
Length38:12
LabelA&M
ProducerJohn Wood & Squeeze
Squeeze chronology
Squeeze
(1978)
Cool for Cats
(1979)
Argybargy
(1980)
Singles from Cool for Cats
  1. "Goodbye Girl"
    Released: 2 November 1978
  2. "Cool for Cats"
    Released: 9 March 1979
  3. "Up the Junction"
    Released: 18 May 1979
  4. "Slap and Tickle"
    Released: 31 August 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits9/10[4]
The Village VoiceB[5]

Cool for Cats is the British new wave group Squeeze's second album, released in 1979. Cool for Cats contains four UK hit singles,[6] more than any other album the band has issued. The album peaked at number 45 in the UK Albums Chart, spending 11 weeks in that listing.[6]

Its 1997 CD release, as part of the Six of One... box set contained two bonus tracks. This collection included the band's first six studio albums, each digitally remastered. In 1998 the six CDs were released individually. In 2007, the album was digitally remastered and released with 5 bonus tracks exclusively in Japan. Each of the 5 tracks came from B-sides from the singles released from the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Power poppers (remember them?) suck this stuff up, and I understand why—not only does its songcraft surpass that of the band's debut, but it also isn't quite as sophomoric. It's sophomoric enough, though, and like so many such records makes you wonder where the power is. Not in the vision, that's for sure. And not in the beat. Great song: 'Up the Junction.'"[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook except "Hop, Skip & Jump," by Difford and Jools Holland.[8]

  1. "Slap and Tickle" – 4:00
  2. "Revue" – 2:30
  3. "Touching Me Touching You" – 2:25
  4. "It's Not Cricket" – 2:35
  5. "It's So Dirty" – 3:11
  6. "The Knack" – 4:34
  7. "Hop, Skip & Jump" – 2:46
  8. "Up the Junction" – 3:12
  9. "Hard to Find" – 3:37
  10. "Slightly Drunk" – 2:41
  11. "Goodbye Girl" – 3:08
  12. "Cool for Cats" – 3:39

Bonus tracks (1997 reissue)[edit]

  1. "I Must Go" – 2:16
  2. "Ain't It Sad" – 3:29

Bonus tracks (2007 Japanese remaster)[edit]

(Note: These bonus tracks precede the 1997 bonus tracks on the album.)

  1. "Saints Alive" - 2:30
  2. "All's Well" - 2:27
  3. "Christmas Day" - 3:53
  4. "Going Crazy" - 3:53
  5. "Blood And Guts" - 5:01

Personnel[edit]

Squeeze
Technical
  • John Wood - arranger, producer
  • Brian Humphries - engineer
  • Andrew Lumm - engineer
  • Geoff Halpin - original sleeve design
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff - artwork
  • Janette Beckman - photography
  • Mark Hanauer - photography
  • Chuck Beeson - cover design
  • Cindy Marsh - illustrations
  • Michael Ross - art direction
  • Roger Wake - digital remastering

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Goodbye Girl" UK Singles Chart 63
1979 "Cool for Cats" UK Singles Chart 2
1979 "Up the Junction" UK Singles Chart 2
1979 "Slap and Tickle" UK Singles Chart 24

[6]

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold 1 May 1979

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cool for Cats – Squeeze". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Starr, Red (22 March – 4 April 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 31.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 July 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  8. ^ "Squeeze (2) - Cool For Cats". Discogs. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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