Deep Cuts - Deptford Fun City DFC 06 - front

Anyone Got A Copy of Squeeze’s Deep Cuts on Vinyl from 1978?

Here’s an interesting item: The song Deep Cuts was planned as a single by Squeeze on Deptford Fun City Records for release in July 1978 (Catalogue number DFC 06). It was never released. Here’s the sleeve:

It’s a deeply uncomfortable song written by a youthful Difford. Here’s the version which was finally released on the re-release of the ‘Squeeze’ album (U.K. Squeeze in the US and Canada).

Don’t you just love Harri Kakoulli‘s bass playing – it has real menace.

There’s also a version recorded live from My Father’s Place on 1 June 1978 here:

It’s the song that Sharon blogged about in Sharon’s blog, which she wrote to the Squeeze Fan Club about:

Letter about Deep Cuts
A letter I received from SQUEEZE about their song ‘Deep Cuts’

Has anyone out there got a copy of the vinyl single?

Thanks to Marc here are the original photographs and the contact sheet used to make the single sleeve:

Mystery Squeeze Photo 28

Mystery Squeeze Photo #28

Time for another of an occasional series of glimpses into the Squeeze archive here at for you.

Who is in this photo (from left to right?
Where was it taken?
In what year?

Mystery Squeeze Photo 28

Leave a Comment below if you think you know – no prizes for a right answer, but lots of kudos if you do get it right!

If you have any interesting Squeeze photos that would make a good Mystery Squeeze Photo just Contact Me.

WCBS Auction

Glenn’s Charity Auction for WhyHunger

Fancy seeing Chris and Glenn in NY? Selfies? Autographs? Signed Fender Stratocaster guitar? All for a good cause?
WCBS Auction
“Teaming up with WhyHunger, Glenn Tilbrook is offering you a unique experience for you and a guest to see him and his musical partner, Chris Difford, play in New York City – or at a New York area venue to be determined next spring. But, this is not just a great, intimate concert. You will receive two tickets to a show during Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford’s “At Odds Couple” tour.

You will also get to meet the legendary rockers and take selfies with them. You can get your favorite Squeeze records autographed and receive a signed Fender Squier Stratocaster Surf Green electric guitar. Feeling “Tempted”? You don’t want to be “Up the Junction” on this one.

Once labeled as the best British songwriting duo since John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of the 1980s rock band Squeeze have remained radio staples for decades. Their many lyrically crafted, catchy, upbeat songs are still played on various radio formats today – even here at WCBS News Radio 880 — where hits like “Black Coffee in Bed”, “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels from the Shell” are used as “rejoins” and “bumpers”. Nearly 40 years since Squeeze stormed onto the pop music scene with its first of countless sing-a-long hits like “Take Me, I’m Yours”, — and a few breakups of the band in between — old mates Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have reunited. With their voices ever-strong, still one octave apart, they are sharing their timeless melodies with the world. Currently touring in Europe, Glenn and Chris have hit the road in the fashion of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, performing “The At Odds Couple Tour”. “

Who fancies that then?

Letter about Deep Cuts

Squeeze Fan From the Cradle to the Grave

It’s not quite from the cradle, and hopefully I’m not quite ready for the grave as yet, but I’m truly delighted to have been asked by Packet of Three to talk about my Squeeze adventures, which definitely lie in-between the two.
If I may begin at the latest point in time, 19th November 2014 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry and the final date of Chris Difford’s and Glenn Tilbrook’s ‘At Odds Couple’ tour, celebrating their 40 year musical marriage. It had been with a sigh of relief when, at the final hour, a business cancellation allowed me to make last minute arrangements to see these guys reminisce on their journey, which had touched my life in so many ways.
Apart from the hotel being slighted overrated in my Google search, everything else went splendidly. The train journey seemed to encapsulate memories and as we pulled out of Chesterfield station, feeling slightly dishevelled after a long day, I found myself a seat. Tucking into an unfinished sandwich I had bought earlier, I reflected on past times, which began on March 8th 1978.

SQUEEZETTE – me in a hat in 1978

I doubt it was the precariously positioned towel over the guitarist’s head, whilst mischievously playing with the neck of his guitar, or the cigar smoke billowing out from behind the keyboards that evoked my curiosity to these five musicians, but something definitely struck a chord that night at the City Hall in Sheffield.

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My first concert ticket to see SQUEEZE – from 8 March 1978

And it was from then on that the next few years of my life made a surprising detour. Squeeze took pride of place on my bedroom walls, in my diary and most of all within my record collection. Their tour dates were scrutinised and planned with precision. Once published in the latest edition of the NME there would instantly be ticks against the ones I could attend, a cross beside the few I couldn’t, and the possible ones ‘question marked’ for review at a later time. Everything else became secondary and just like most teenagers I embarked on my new journey with excitement and wonder.

Letter about Deep Cuts
A letter I received from SQUEEZE about their song ‘Deep Cuts’

Thirty six years later and through a chance meeting with David Bailey at the Warwick Arts Centre, I am dusting down the old photographs and memorabilia in order to share some of those cherished and fun times with you all. I feel privileged to have been asked to pen a series of blogs written through the eyes of a Squeeze fan, music lover and now in the midst of my life to look back on these days with fondness and smiles.

Back Soon!


Tim Curry

This Week’s Squeeze Cover Version

Take Me I’m Yours is a Squeeze classic – but how well do other artist do in their cover versions of the song? It’s not the easiest of songs to play. Here’s Tim Curry covering the song. How do you think he did and which are your favourite cover versions of the song?


Squeeze – All About That Bass

Meghan Trainor thinks that it’s All About That Bass and so do I. Here are some of my favourite Squeeze bass covers from novices to accomplished! What do you think? Any budding bassplayers out there want to give us a demonstration of their skills?

Here’s my personal favourite Domino by superduperryane

Uploaded on Jul 24, 2011
“Fun stuff! I heard this song for the first time tonight, so I learned it and played it all within a couple hours. =) yay!
My earring is going crazy!”

My ears are Going Crazy!

Here’s Tempted by infusion26.

Uploaded on Nov 23, 2011
“Squeeze are a British band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction”, “Tempted”, “Labelled With Love”, “Black Coffee In Bed”, “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”, and “Hourglass”.”


Here’s Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) with a bass playalong by FluffyWagglekins

“From their great album “Argy Bargy” this is my version of the bassline to “Pulling Mussels”. This cover was a request from Chuck in North Carolina. Hope you like it, Chuck!

The question is: Whose education?!

YouTube Videos

Squeeze on YouTube – check out these great channels!

So what are the best YouTube channels featuring Squeeze’s music? Here’s my personal selection of favourites – which are yours?

The offical channel of Squeeze Official

Steve Bertram
The channel of Steve Bertram – ace Squeeze collector supreme – with full live concerts

Simon Snipturn’s channel with the best selection of live concert footage, some with excellent soundboard audio and even some with multi-cam angles.

And, of course my channel!

And now Google have all the Squeeze album tracks on YouTube in HD.

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Photographs in the Packet of Three Archive

Those of you who went to the recent The At Odds Couple tour shows might have noticed the stage set with an arm chair, standard lamp, car radiator grille and other ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’ items. As well as these is a folding screen room divider decorated with photographs of Chris and Glenn – many of which are from my collection.

Here’s one from the thousands of unusual shots I have – enjoy!

Mystery Squeeze Photo 28

When is this from? Leave a Comment below if you think you know – no prizes for a right answer, but lots of kudos if you do get it right!

If you have any interesting Squeeze photos that would make a good Mystery Squeeze Photo just Contact Me.

BBC4 Hitchin Squeeze Concert

Squeeze on the BBC

Squeeze are currently on the BBC – and available on the iPlayer in the UK.

There’s the brilliant Squeeze: Take Me I’m Yours documentary first shown on 12 October 2012 and directed by Bob Smeaton, director of Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ for American Masters.

Squeeze Take Me I'm Yours - Bob Smeaton Documentary
“Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, the men behind Squeeze, have been called everything from the new Lennon and McCartney to the godfathers of Britpop. Now, 35 years after their first record, this documentary reappraises the songwriting genius of Difford and Tilbrook and shows why Squeeze hold a special place in British pop music.
Difford and Tilbrook, two working class kids from south east London, formed Squeeze in 1974 with the dream of one day appearing on Top of the Pops. In 1978, they achieved that dream when the single Take Me I’m Yours gave the band the first of a string of top 20 hits. The period from 1978 to 1982 saw the group release a run of classic singles, timeless gems such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Labelled with Love, Tempted and Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) to name but a few.
Although the line-up of Squeeze would go through various changes of personnel (another founder member Jools Holland left in 1980 and then rejoined the group in 1985) it is Difford and Tilbrook’s songs that have remained the constant throughout the lifetime of the band.
The duo explain how they came to write and record many of their greatest songs. Although their relationship at times has often been tenuous at best, the mutual admiration for each other’s talent has produced some of the best songs of the past 40 years.
With contributions from former band members Jools Holland and Paul Carrack, together with testament from Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler and Aimee Mann to Difford and Tilbrook’s songwriting talent and why they deserve to be placed alongside such renowned songwriting partnerships as Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards and Elton John and Bernie Taupin.”

It’s available for the next 27 days.

And coming soon In Concert
BBC4 Hitchin Squeeze Concert

David Hepworth introduces part of a live concert by Squeeze from 1982 at the Regal Theatre in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
BBC Four Saturday 22 November 2014 3:10.


John Bentley’s new album features “It’s Giving Me The Creeps”

Here’s a track from John Bentley’s fantastic new album “Based on a True Story“.

Video by Bebe Bentley

John Bentley‘s LP is on vinyl from Plane Groovy. It’s a fantastic object and marvelous sound. Buy it here.

based on a true story

John is now on Twitter – check his tweets!

2008-03-31 Chris Difford 6Music Session

Chris Difford live Session from 2008 repeated on 6Music

2008-03-31 Chris Difford 6Music Session
Here’s Chris in 2008 performing Fat As a Fiddle, On My Own I’m Never Bored and Battersea Boys. Classic!

Patti Austin

This Week’s Squeeze Cover Version

Another Nail in My Heart is one of Squeeze’s most covered songs – but how well do those cover versions do? It’s not the easiest of songs to play. Here’s Patti Austin covering the song. How do you think she did and which are your favourite cover versions of the song?

Paul Carrack

Malcolm Wyatt interviews Paul Carrack

Here’s a great interview with Paul Carrack by Malcolm Wyatt:

This is a revised and expanded version of a Malcolm Wyatt feature for the Lancashire Evening Post, first published on October 30, 2014. For the online version, head here.

Thanks Malcolm!

Chris Difford

Chris to play Brick Lane on 27 November 2014

According to Ents24, Chris Difford is playing in Brick Lane soon. Get down there! It’ll be great!!

The Bus Driver’s Prayer Presents: Chris Difford
The Bus Driver’s Prayer is an irreverent, offbeat and importantly BYOB night of music, comedy and poetry on Brick Lane.

Venue: Kahaila Cafe
Date: 27 November 2014
135 Brick Lane
E1 6SB

Train → Shoreditch High Street 6 min walk
Tube → Whitechapel 11 min walk

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Difford and Tilbrook – 16 November 2014 – live at The Lowry, Manchester

Difford and Tilbrook – 16 November 2014 – live at The Lowry, Manchester

Photographs by Helen Roughley

2015 Glenn Australia Tour

Do You Fancy Glenn Tilbrook Down Under?

Glenn’s announced that he’ll be touring in Singapore and in Australia in New South Wales and Victoria!

Finally after nearly 8 years I am returning to tour Australia, with a quick gig in Singapore on the way. Details below, hopefully a couple more will be added soon.

Saturday 29th Nov Hero’s, Singapore
Thursday 4th Dec Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 5th Dec Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 7th Dec Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thu 11th Dec Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Fri 12th Dec Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

2014 Glenn Australia Tour

SQUEEZE, Difford and Tilbrook – as it happens