Is That Love

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"Is That Love"
Squeeze is that love cover.jpg
Single by Squeeze
from the album East Side Story
Released 1 May 1981 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 2:34
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
Producer(s) Roger Bechirian & Elvis Costello
Squeeze singles chronology
"Farfisa Beat"
(1980)
"Is That Love"
(1981)
"Tempted"
(1981)

"Is That Love" was the first single released from Squeeze's fourth album, East Side Story.

Background[edit]

Chris Difford said "[t]his was written around the time [he] got married. I remember being in the bathroom and seeing Cindy's wedding ring next to the soap, which inspired me to write the lyric. I don't think it was particularly about our marriage, but it started off a sequence of ideas in my head."[1] Difford also went on to say, "I'm not strapped to the song emotionally but it was a great live number and sums up being on the road and having fun. It's a comfortable pair of jeans as a song."[1]

Glenn Tillbrook stated that the track was originally recorded in mid-tempo, "so we sped it up and it made more sense like that[.]"[1] Tillbrook also said, "I was influenced quite consiously by The Beatles here."[1] Tillbrook noted that the "ending was [Elvis Costello's] idea, and he played the piano part accompanying it."[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that Squeeze's "barbed, bouncy pop" is "best heard on the single "Is That Love," and he cited the track as a highlight from East Side Story.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

When the song was released as a single, it peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] as well as 25 in Ireland. The song also became Squeeze's only number one single, as it topped the charts in Israel.[1]

Covers[edit]

In 2007, Scottish group Travis covered the song on their single "Selfish Jean".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Is That Love" (2:34)
  2. "Trust" (1:45)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tillbrook, Glenn; Difford, Chris; Drury, Jim. Squeeze: Song by Song. Sanctuary. pp. 87–89. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Steven Thomas. "East Side Story". allmusic.com. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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