ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Squeeze Album Was A Highlight From The Desert That Was Rock Music Exactly Thirty Years Ago

Updated on August 27, 2019

Squeeze's Frank Album Was Released on August 24,1989

Source

New Wave Band Revived Its Musical Magic After Its Mid Decade Breakup

They formed over a decade before, saw their fame peak in the early heyday of MTV, and they broke up in the mid Eighties. The group led by the pair of songwriters who had once been dubbed the new Lennon-McCartney, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, had been virtually forgotten as the Nineties approached.

Difford and Tilbrook reunited Squeeze for Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, an album that absolutely flopped. A follow up called Babylon and On charted several singles, but it caused an even deeper crevice that no one expected Squeeze to survive.

As the recognized musical force behind the group, Tilbrook for the first time took production credit for Babylon and On. This tactic, however it may have been justified, had certainly marked Squeeze's final demise.

Or so everyone thought. Then, just as the decade was closing, the band turned out its most solid record since the end of the Seventies. That album, simply titled Frank, turns thirty this year.

Opening track "If It's Love" as well as album closer "Is It Too Late" serve as sweet reminders of the quintet's knack for creating catchy pop songs, while in between lies laudable evidence of welcome maturity. This growth is most evident in Difford's lyrics, which take us to themes heretofore unaddressed in rock tunes.

There is the murder of a prostitute in a place called the Melody Motel, and in "Can of Worms" there is the awkward situation endured by every man who gets involved with a woman housing the small children of her ex. It gets especially uncomfortable when he takes the kids to the playground, where they happen to encounter their father.

Perhaps the most daring topic on Frank occurs on the track "She Doesn't Have To Shave", sung by a man who is trying to sympathize with his girlfriend during her period. In Jim Drury's book Squeeze Song By Song, Difford admitted that the tune worked like a charm when female fans wanted to show their appreciation for his piece on their once a month plight.

Difford does,thankfully, return to issues that have been prevalent in songs from as far back as their self-titled debut, topics such as inebriation, infidelity, and intercourse grown stale. While te latter does not reach the quality of earlier hits "It Gets So Hard" or "Take Me I'm Yours", fans still have to get a guilty chuckle out of "Love Circles."

Adding to its strength is the fact that Difford himself does the lead vocals, just as he did in the aforementioned tracks from the debut and Cool For Cats respectively. His deep baritone also leads "Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken" on track five, making Frank the first album since Argybargy that Difford is thrust into the lead role on multiple songs.

The late Eighties have been considered a rock waste land compared to the Sixties and Seventies, most of music attention getting hijacked by rap and new country. As Squeeze's Frank album proves, however, music fans can still find good quality albums from thirty years ago.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)