Cool For Cats Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 7" disc itself was fine no issues, exact quality as advertised. However. I wasn't happy that the disc arrived in a "sleeve" other than what was shown in the advert... Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by Chris Carry
Had this album on vinyl & cassette so knew what I was getting. Why do you insist on a minimum amount of words per review, very annoying.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by FRED
Superb pop album, that is still as good today, as it's always been.......it's not cricket should have been released....try Argy Bargy next!Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by Mainer
Cool for Cats, Touching me, touching you, It's so dirty, The knack, Up the junction, Slightly drunk, Goodbye girl.
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Love this album, would seriously recommend anyone to buy it. There is some classic tracks on here, including the amazing 'Up the Junction', quirky 'Cool for cats' and the almost... Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by Hannah Stringfellow