Squeeze (Squeeze album)
|Studio album by Squeeze|
|Recorded||Morgan Studios and Pathway Studios, London
Surrey Sound Studio, Leatherhead, England, 1977
|Producer||John Cale, Squeeze|
|Singles from Squeeze|
Squeeze is the self-titled first studio album released by British group Squeeze. The album title was simply Squeeze in the United Kingdom, but in the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries the album, like the band, was marketed under the name U.K. Squeeze to avoid confusion with similarly named American and Australian groups.
According to Glenn Tilbrook the process for making their first album was rewarding but also frustrating: "For me, U.K. Squeeze wasn’t really very representative of what we were doing at the time. When we worked with John Cale in the studio, he threw out all the songs that we had written. When most bands make their first album, they go in and do a lot of stuff that’s been going down well in their sets; well, that wasn’t the case with us. He told us to write new songs – which we did. He was inspirational guy to work with, but I felt that it was almost like we were writing for what he wanted rather than what the band itself was. When you’re in a position to be making a first album, it’s (A) awe-inspiring to be making an album, and (B) difficult to assert yourself against somebody who knows the ropes."
Chris Difford's approach to writing the lyrics for the album was different as well. According to an interview with Bud Scoppa, Difford found the process of working with their producer John Cale to be challenging: "I remember, he came up and said, 'Lyrically, you’re quite soft; have you ever thought about writin’ about musclemen?' I said, 'That’s never occurred to me, actually.' And he said, 'Well, go away and do it – I wanna see songs like that on the album.' So my perception of what the band was at that point was completely different from the way he saw it, obviously. He had us doing some awfully strange things." 
The initial A&M Canada and A&M U.S. LP pressings were released on limited edition red vinyl.
In 1997, the CD was released in the UK with two bonus tracks, as part of the Six of One... box set. The set included the band's first six studio albums, each digitally remastered. These CDs were made available for individual purchase in 1998.
The album received a negative retrospective review from Allmusic, who said that producer John Cale forced Squeeze to pursue a musical direction that ran contrary to their inclinations. They singled out the two tracks produced by the band themselves as the only ones which show any sign of the artistic success they would later reach.
- "Sex Master" – 2:21
- "Bang Bang" – 2:04 Produced by Squeeze
- "Strong in Reason" – 4:14
- "Wild Sewerage Tickles Brazil" (Squeeze) – 3:49
- "Out of Control" – 4:44
- "Take Me I'm Yours" – 2:51 Produced by Squeeze
- "The Call" – 5:17
- "Model" – 2:59
- "Remember What" – 2:51
- "First Thing Wrong" – 3:43
- "Hesitation (Rool Britannia)" – 3:45
- "Get Smart" – 2:06
Bonus Tracks (1997 reissue)
- "Deep Cuts" – 4:04
- "Heartbreak" – 4:54
- Chris Difford – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Glenn Tilbrook – lead guitar, vocals
- Jools Holland – keyboards
- Harry Kakoulli – bass
- Gilson Lavis – drums
- Gregg Jackman, John Wood - engineering