I saw a review of this record in Uncut recently describing the band as ahead of their time. Squire emerged from the 79 Mod Revival with the novelty "Walking Down The Kings Road", but it was their later songs, the 1980 My Mind Goes Round In Circles with Kirsty MacColl, the psychedelic masterpiece No Time Tomorrow, pure pop of Girl On A Train and Jesamine and inspired cover of Big Star's September Gurls, released all the way back in 1984 that defined the bands reputation and enduring status.
Weller was king of the Mod defining angry young man style of songwriting, but Meynell's wry observations and incredibly catchy melodies gave Squire an appeal that went far beyond their original tag. The songs here are timeless masterpieces and sound as good as I remember first time I heard them. This is a great record from a critically overlooked band and a songwriter that deserves to be up there with the era's other great songwriters, Weller, Costello, Gifford/Tilbrook, Shelly et al.
I original bought the album when it came out in the 1980s, when I was a young mod. Squire were one of my favourite bands from the mod revival of the late 70s early 80s. It has been 20 years plus since I have listened to many of the songs on the album and they sound as good today as they did back then. The album contains 17 60s inspired pop songs and illustrates how good the song writing skills of Anthony Meynell were. A must for mods wishing to relive the sounds of late 70s early 80s.
If you were around in '79, went to see Quadrophenia, and walked round your town with a target on the back of your parka, you already know who Squire are. If not, you've been missing out! Music based on catchy melody, jangly guitars and sharp drumming. Very distinctive and a must for any fan of 60's based pop.