The British band, Squeeze, was a product of the New Wave period of music in the United Kingdom, and they first came to prominence in the late 1970s. However, their unique sound gained the band a solid following and they continued to record into the 1980s and 1990s. After forming in London, they released their first self titled album. However, in the United States and Canada the band and their first album were called U.K. Squeeze, because of legal issues with an American band called “Tight Squeeze.” Although many fans first started following the band when they were under this name, they eventually were allowed to drop the “U.K.” portion of the name.
The albums first few successful singles included their hits “Cool for Cats” and “Up The Junction.” Both singles reached the #2 spot on the U.K. charts. By the time the group released their third album in 1980; they were getting commercial recognition in North America as well getting chart success and airplay on numerous rock radio stations. While their first three albums were some of their most successful, the groups most well-known album was released in 1981. The album, East Side Store, spawned the hit “Tempted,” and even though it was extremely successful, the band eventually broke up after individual members went on to pursue their own careers.
Eventually the band came back together in 1985 to do a one night performance for a charity event, however, the one time performance eventually lead to numerous performances. However, the group was hindered by constant lineup changes. Fortunately, during this time they managed to have numerous additional singles released that gained significant chart success. While there were struggles over the group’s lineup, they still managed to maintain their high-energy performance style in all of their performances. Although the band was dealing with many internal issues, they failed to impact the group’s touring and live performances which had fans from all over the world delighted and highly entertained.
Eventually the band, including two of their original founding members, found a lineup that worked and came back together to record several albums in from 2010-2012 they set out on tours around Europe in the United States. The group’s 2012 tour called the “Pop Up Shop” tour will take them throughout the U.K. and will feature old songs and new material for their 2013 album.