"Cool" was always hot.,
This review is from: Cool For Cats (Audio CD)
This was Squeeze at their pop peak, at the moment they first captured the public's imagination, while they were still fresh, producing tunes that stuck in the ear and didn't need second listenings (although they often demanded them).
It's a great album, simple as that. They'd broken away from the pseudo-punk image that John Cale had tried to impose on them, and produced an album of irresistable 'lad' music, music that had no problem shouting "this is what it's like to be young!". This is Britpop before anybody had ever heard of the label, music that fitted perfectly alongside Madness, The Kinks, The Beatles and - many years later - 'early' Blur.
There are songs here that are unstoppably fast, some furious - Slap and Tickle, Touching Me Touching You, Hop, Skip and Jump, Cool for Cats and It's So Dirty (often overlooked, but one of my favourites); there are songs that are quite bonkers, like It's Not Cricket; but it's the more melodic songs, songs such as Revue, Goodbye Girl (their accidental version of the Muppets theme tune), Slightly Drunk and Up The Junction, that really stick in the imagination. This is songcraft, eccentricity and energy blended to perfection, with clever, funny, and often slightly smutty lyrics.
This album is a classic. I've given it four stars not five because, while most bands would struggle to produce something as good as this, Squeeze actually got better.