The Tale of the Tape

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Tale of the Tape
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Studio album by Billy Squier
Released May 1980[1] (Debuted on Billboard's album chart the week ending June 7, 1980)
Recorded 1979-1980
Studio Eddie Offord's remote studio, Woodstock, New York
Genre Rock, hard rock
Label Capitol
Producer Billy Squier, Eddy Offord
Billy Squier chronology
Tale of the Tape
Don't Say No
(1981)Don't Say No1981
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The Tale of the Tape is a rock album by Billy Squier that was released in May 1980.[2] It was his first solo album, following two albums with the band Piper. The disc spent three months on Billboard's album chart, setting Squier's career in motion. Several of its tracks were popular on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio.

Although no songs from the album reached the charts, the song "The Big Beat" has been notably sampled by hip hop artists, including Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go", Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'", Jay-Z's "99 Problems", Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up, Look Sharp", U.T.F.O's "Roxanne, Roxanne" and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire".[3] The song also featured a pre-MTV music video.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Billy Squier, except where noted.

  1. "The Big Beat" 3:36
  2. "Calley Oh" 4:05
  3. "Rich Kid" 4:39
  4. "Like I'm Lovin' You" 3:07
  5. "Who Knows What a Love Can Do" (Fred St. John, Squier) 3:39
  6. "You Should Be High Love" (Squier, Desmond Child) 4:14
  7. "Who's Your Boyfriend" (St. John, Squier) 3:34
  8. "The Music's All Right" 5:46
  9. "Young Girls" 4:08
  10. "Music's All Right" (Demo) (CD Bonus Track)
  11. "Young Girls" (Demo) (CD Bonus Track)


  • Billy Squier - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
  • Bruce Kulick - Guitar
  • David Sancious - Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Richard T. Bear - Keyboards
  • Bucky Ballard - Bass
  • Bobby Chouinard - Drums
  • Ernest Carter - Percussion


  • Produced by Billy Squier & Eddie Offord
  • Engineered and mixed by Eddy Offord & Rob Davis
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott
  • All songs published by Songs Of The Knight (BMI), except "Who's Your Boyfriend" (Songs Of The Knight/Bomass Music Corp.), "Who Knows What A Love Can Do" (Songs Of The Knight/Hostel Music), and "You Should Be High, Love" (Songs Of The Knight/Desmobile Music Company).


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The Great Metal Discography." Canongate Books Ltd. Edinburgh, Scotland. 1998. p. 315
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The Great Metal Discography." Canongate Books Ltd. Edinburgh, Scotland. 1998. p. 315
  3. ^ Samples of The Big Beat by Billy Squier | WhoSampled