Cool for Cats (song)

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"Cool for Cats"
Cool for cats single.jpg
Single by Squeeze
from the album Cool for Cats
Released9 March 1979 (UK)
Format7" and 12" vinyl
Recorded1978
GenreNew wave
Length3:39 (album version)
3:10 (single version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
Producer(s)John Wood & Squeeze
Squeeze singles chronology
"Goodbye Girl"
(1978)
"Cool for Cats"
(1979)
"Up the Junction"
(1979)

"Crying in My Sleep"
(1991)

"Cool for Cats"
(1992)

"Third Rail"
(1993)
Music video
"Cool for Cats" on YouTube

"Cool for Cats" was the second single released from the British rock band Squeeze's Cool for Cats album. The song features a rare lead vocal performance from cockney-accented Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford, one of only three occasions he sang lead on a Squeeze single A-side (the others were 1979's "Slap & Tickle" and 1989's "Love Circles") The song, slightly edited from the album track, peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1979, making "Cool for Cats" one of the band's biggest hits.

The title phrase is a reference to the 1950s/60s UK TV series Cool for Cats, the first British series to regularly feature rock 'n' roll music acts.

In 1981, the song was used in a commercial for "Smilk" a flavoured milk drink from Kerrygold. The commercial featured animated cats and the tagline for the drink was "It's Cool for Cats".

In 1992, thirteen years after its initial release, the track "Cool for Cats" was used in a British TV commercial for milk. The song was then re-issued in the UK, where it charted at No. 62.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[1] 39
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2] 33
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 2

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cool for Cats" (3:10)
  2. "Model" (3:30)

1992 UK Re-issue
A&M AMCD 694 – Limited Edition Cool Cat Pac

  1. "Cool for Cats"
  2. "Trust Me to Open My Mouth"
  3. "Squabs on Forty Five"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Squeeze" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Squeeze – Cool For Cats" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Squeeze – Cool For Cats". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

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