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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000007WEB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Slap & Tickle
  2. Revue
  3. Touching Me Touching You
  4. It's Not Cricket
  5. It's So Dirty
  6. The Knack
  7. Hop Skip & Jump
  8. Up The Junction
  9. Hard To Find
  10. Slightly Drunk
  11. Goodbye Girl
  12. Cool For Cats
  13. I Must Go
  14. Ain't It Sad

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"Cool For Cats" is Squeeze's second studio album and finds Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford really getting into their songwriting stride, with no less than four absolutely fantastic hits on it, although this release is certainly a lot more than just the chart successes. After thoroughly playing Squeeze's "Greatest Hits" to death, I deemed them too good to simply stick with a best of and so I, about five years ago, set about buying their studio albums and "Cool For Cats" is certainly one worth investing in. Although most fans would agree that they would go on to make better albums than this one, any album that has "Cool For Cats" and "Up The Junction" on it has to be recognised as something a little bit special. It's a great place to start if you want to hear more great Squeeze songs than just the tracks which (occasionally) get played on music TV shows and the radio.

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the version of the brilliant "Slap and Tickle" which opens this album, as it is markedly different to the one on the "Greatest Hits" compilation I owned and is slightly more light and breezy. The beautifully melodic, toe-tapping "Revue" is excellent, "Touching Me Touching You" is a brilliantly furious, catchy track (is it really about self pleasure?), "It's Not Cricket" bounces along superbly with some hilarious "Carry On"-style lyrics and "It's So Dirty" has a superb new wave Elvis Costello & The Attractions feel to it, featuring some rather seedy lyrics about pulling older, married women. Another excellent album track is "Slightly Drunk", which is a lovely Beatlesque composition that could easily have come from "Beatles For Sale" or "Help!", if it was around three-quarters of the tempo Squeeze performed it in and, well, had a slightly different subject matter.
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OK. I bought It for two tracks I remember from my early years (Cool for Cats & Up the Junction) but the remaining tracks were not especialy appealing, but they may improve with further playing. Decent recording quality. Nice to play them again though. I like the overall 'feel' of the music, ie not too smooth or over-engineered in the studio: Music with balls I would say. Good stuff.
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Squeeze have never had a number one hit - but "Cool for Cats" and "Up The Junction" both reached number two and are classics in their own right. This CD has them both - and the version of "Cool for Cats" is at least thirty seconds longer than the one you'll find on Greatest Hits.
Both these songs are well-known classics; but there are also a couple of gems to be found in the lesser-known songs. "That's not Cricket" and "Touching Me, Touching You" would fall into this category, although they sometimes stray a little too near eighties synthesiser music for comfort...
Although the Difford/Tilbrook partnership was clearly beginning to warm up when this album was released, there were greater songs to come - "Tempted", "Black Coffee In Bed" and "Annie Get Your Gun" spring to mind. But to hear "Up The Junction" in it's proper, early eighties context makes it all the more enjoyable. Buy the CD (great album cover, too).
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'Cool For Cats' represents Squeeze at the peak of their popularity. They had had a hit with 'Take Me I'm Yours,' but otherwise their hard, punk-angled debut was ordinary. Here, they invest their music with saucy, but intelligent humour, fun flavours and keyboard-led melodies. Of the four hits, the title track and 'Up The Junction' were the most successful. Along with 'Slap And Tickle,' their lyrics conform to repetitive rhythms with regimented precision. This isn't the case with all the songs though. 'Goodbye Girl' and 'It's So Dirty' reveal their Beatles influence. The Difford/Tilbrook partnership was always potent. Throughout the album their performances are sparky, making 'Cool For Cats,' though not quite as good as the more mature 'East Side Story,' a great pop album.
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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.
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