Darvel Music Festival featuring Glenn Tilbrook + Rachel Sermanni + The Boy Who Trapped The Sun on Thursday 2 May 2013. Doors open at 7pm.
Here at packet of three towers we love Squeeze memorabilia. In fact we love Squeeze memorabilia so much that that there’s loads of it gathered on this site. There are photographs, setlists, programmes, t-shirts, posters – and also lots of scans and photos of ticket stubs from Squeeze, Chris and Glenn gigs from throughout their time together. Many of the ticket stubs are from readers who’ve used the Contact page to send in photos and scans of their ticket stubs. They’re a fascinating insight into Squeeze history, with details of the price, venue, support act or acts and many are for venues that no longer exist.
Lee Richardson is also a keen collector of Squeeze ticket stubs and he’s recently framed his collection in his spare room – rather excellent, don’t you think?
So do you have any Squeeze, Chris or Glenn ticket stubs from gigs you’re been to? We’d love to see them! If you’re not sure whether we’ve got them already, just search for the date of the gig or the venue using the Search Box – easy!
There have been some great Squeeze rarities on ebay recently and there are some more coming up. It’s not me selling them (I’m buying!) and I’ve got no financial interest in them – just so you know!
Here’s something great: the original Squeeze sheet music for Take Me I’m Yours from 1978 available at a Buy It Now price of just £10:
Then there’s the original paperback of Squeeze Singles 45′s and Under from 1982 for just £7.95. It’s got all the classics – and I seem to remember this is piano – vocal – guitar:
If you’re willing to pay the postage from the USA (or maybe you already live there) then the sheet music to 853-5937 might be your thing. It’s the original sheet music from 1987. Classic:
Items you’ve missed out on recently include:
The first Squeeze album from the UK fully signed by the original line-up which sold for £64.99:
The original sheet music for Up the Junction from 1979 which sold with only one bid for £2.99 (plus £1.50 postage):
Keep a look-out for great Squeeze items – or maybe you’ve got something to sell? If so, tell me first using the Contact page.
I’ve just had an email (through the Contact page – you know where to find me!) from Rob who asks me:
While watching an old VH1 programme about trying to get the 1985 Squeeze band members to reform. I’m sure Mr Difford said that Squeeze were the first band to do unplugged. I thought I should consult the oracle that is David Bailey to:
A: Confirm one way or the other, this fact.
B: Let me know if there is a recording, either just audio or DVD/Video of the occasion.
I hope you can help.
Thanks for the question Rob. The answer is that Difford and Tilbrook appeared on MTV Unplugged before it was called MTV Unplugged. The show went out on 26 November 1989 and they played Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) and She Doesn’t Have To Shave from their newly released Frank LP.
The season premiere of “MTV Unplugged” features performances by British rockers Squeeze, solo artist Syd Straw, and Elliot Easton from The Cars. Musical highlights include Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze performing a rendition of their classic hit “Pulling Mussels From The Shell,” as well as a song from their new album Frank, “She Doesn’t Have To Shave.” The show is hosted by singer/songwriter Jules Shear. (The first episode of the season is an encore presentation of the pilot which aired November 26, 1989.) They performed at the National Video Center in NYC. Set List: 01. Pulling Mussels from a Shell 02. She Doesn’t Have to Shave 03. If We Never Meet Again 04. Messed Around 05. Almost 06. Magic 07. I’m a Believer [all except Bonebrake]
It did appear on VHS and DVD at one stage as Unplugged Superstars (but the tracklisting only included Pulling Mussels (From the Shell):
Here’s a video history of MTV unplugged featuring some Squeeze footage:
A history of MTV Unplugged. Produced, written and directed by David P. Levin. Featuring exclusive interviews with Mariah Carey, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Staind, Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z and Noel Gallagher of OASIS. Archival appearances by Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Squeeze, Kiss, Paul McCartney, Don Henley
I’ve got it on VHS somewhere in the archive. Can anyone help digitise a copy and upload it to YouTube – or maybe it’s on there already!
Merry Christmas everyone – see you next year?
Thanks to Sue Nicholls for this wonderful archive photo.
It’s been a pleasure to bring you all the exciting Squeeze news this year – who would have thought it?! Have a wonderful break if you’re having one and see you the other side of New Year.
The former Squeeze bassist Harri Kakoulli has a new single out for Christmas – and it’s pretty dramatic!
The Fairground Christmas by Harri Kakoulli
DjTunes: http://bit.ly/TUuMrm …
The Fairground Christmas- Edited Version by Harrii Kakoulli . . The full version is out now on iTunes! and worldwide on all major platforms on 16th December 2012 . . Hope you enjoy
“Cheers Then! Your songs were like friends since I was 10″
Christopher Holland has a stunning new solo album out called Corner Green. Here he talks exclusively to www.packetofthree.com about recording the new album, growing up with Squeeze rehearsing in his front room, writing with Chris Difford, having a near fatal motorbike accident and joining Squeeze on stage as a teenager.
The packetofthree tickler podcast – Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland discusses Corner Green – packetofthree podcast
Chris is a true gentleman and kindly allowed me to take some photographs of him with a range of digital and toy plastic film cameras – here are the results. – Cheers Chris!
“If you like ‘Innervisions’, ‘Something Anything’ or ‘Some Fantastic Place’ get this Album – A late contender for Album of the Year” – Danny Baker
Blues Matter Magazine – Christopher Holland – Corner Green (CH002CD) – Cosmic Harmony Records
“Whilst we are unlikely to be reviewing any of Madonna’s albums any time soon, we do take a look at some less Bluesy offerings at times. Just as Blues artists like Piano Red and Robert Johnson played Blues songs of joy and celebration, we have here a whole album of upbeat tunes. Corner Green is chock full of happy songs played by an artist who clearly feels on top of the world and who wants to share that feeling.
This album is an organists and keyboard players dream with magic words like “Moog” in the instruments list. There are some beautiful melodies, with some cracking accordion on the opener “Everything’s Clear”. In fact, this strikes the note for the entire album, with a cheerful interplay of instruments overlaid with Chris’s mellow vocals. “Run wild and free”, a faster track, has a Gerry Rafferty and indeed Beatles feel to it. It is also easy to pick up some sounds throughout reminiscent of Wings, Chris Rea and even the Bee Gees. “Under her smile” is an uplifting love song, and later “Grapes of Love” is about as Blues as the album gets, and is an outstanding track. A whole array of demo tracks grace the album, offering both value and some highlights, notably “Beautiful Fish”. Mention should also be made of some outstanding female vocals on the album, notably from Katy Shotter on “Spread love”.
No, this is not so very Blues. It is a different outpouring of the soul, and something good to listen to when in a glass half full mood, between the songs of hurt, sex, drugs, betrayal, drink and discrimination that populate much of the Blues. Nevertheless, this is a happy, dreamy album to listen to and may just put you in a good Moog. Sorry, mood.”
“A perfect last minute surprise Christmas present for the Squeeze fan in your life – you!”
Here’s a YouTube preview of the album – available from itunes, Amazon or even your favourite physical record shop – sounds like a perfect last minute surprise Christmas present for the Squeeze fan in your life – you!
Visit Chris’s website at Cosmic Harmony to see all his news, learn about his other projects and see when you can catch him on tour.
It’s Chris and Glenn’s annual festive trip to the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 today:
“It’s become a tradition now!”
Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine is a huge Squeeze fan – in fact he was in the original Squeeze fan club with me and several of my friends in 1979. He loves the band so much he uses his position in the BBC to get them in every Christmas as a bit of a tradition to play in the studio. Well, today’s the day and you can hear Squeeze live on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 on line, on digital and on 88 to 91 FM in the UK from 1200 to 1400. Enjoy!
And here in 2010:
And then back in 2009:
Did anyone get a recording of this one?
Oh yes, I did – I’ve just found it in the archive – here it is for your listening pleasure:
Squeeze on Jeremy Vine 2009-12-22
Enjoy! – and Merry Squeezemas everyone x
News Shopper article by Nikki Jarvis
And they’re off!
The third annual Greenwich Charity Pantomime Horse Race got underway on Saturday, raising more than £1,000 during the launch party at Ye Olde Rose and Crown.
Mark Biddiss, organiser, is hoping to reach an ambitious target of £10,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children during this week of exciting events.
And with celebrities including Squeeze, Bill Bailey, Jools Holland and Arthur Smith prepared to horse around for the cause – it looks like he’s on to a winner.
The passionate fundraiser has dedicated the last four months to organising the mammoth chain of events.
He said: “On Sunday December 23, Greenwich will playing host to a series of unusual events that will culminate in the annual Charity Pantomime Horse Race which is an altogether bigger affair this year, with 20 ‘horses’ running, along with various fruit and vegetables and Monty Python’s King Arthur (and Patsy) in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice.
“Set to be the biggest such race ever held in London, it will be launched by comedian and BBC presenter Arthur Smith, who will be taking part in the race – as an ostrich.
“Comedian Bill Bailey, BBC Host Jools Holland, Squeeze front man Glenn Tilbrook and members of Team GB gold medallists have also signed specially designed t-shirts which bare the logo ‘Nay the Horse Be with You’.”
These shirts, along with items donated by Jamie Oliver, Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols and veteran entertainer Tommy Steele, will be sold at a special charity auction on December 21.
Mark will be hosting the exclusive Christmas auction dinner at De Vere Hotels, with all proceeds going directly to Demelza.
The mane event, the hysterical horse race at 1pm on December 23, sees around 20 comedy stallions take on drinking challenges at several Greenwich pubs starting at Ye Olde Rose and Crown.
Devonport House will play host to the pre-race ceremony (from 12pm), and is set to feature plenty of entertainment for kids including Father (and Mother) Christmas, face painting and stars from Greenwich Theatre’s panto, Robin Hood.
The Pantomime Horse Race, which was last year won by a zebra, starts at around 1pm.
Not The Rolling Stones will be performing a charity gig to celebrate the end of the race in style.
The concert will take place at Oliver’s Bar in Nevada Street, and The Counterfeit Beatles’ Peter Bailey – aka Paul McCartney – will be supporting the headliners.
Tickets are £20.
A message from Glenn:
I’m a Londoner who has always felt at home in Liverpool. It has always been a special place to me.
It was a no brainer to want to be involved for the families who have had to go through such an awful lot of pain and rubbish. Those in charge have a lot to answer for in my opinion and should be made to account properly for their actions, and not just quietly pensioned off.
I am extremely proud and humbled to have the opportunity to be involved with The Justice Collective, and I think they have all done a fine job. Hats off to Guy Chambers.
Congratulations to Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer for winning the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award!
Vic & Bob mentioned Squeeze in their awards speech. Take a look at it here:
Setting up the Squeeze “Pop Up Shop” stage
A brilliant video by Peter D Thompson
Songs from the Silver Box is a collection of songs I created whilst touring around the UK and US in 2012.
The album has been partially produced using an Ipad 3 and an iphone 4 and a Macbook Pro.
I am aiming to self release this album summer 2013 and in the UK and US.
The album contains 13 songs all of which I wrote and produced and played most of the instruments, oh and sang.
Give him your support!
BBC Radio 2 celebrates the nation’s favourite number two single
BBC Radio 2 presenters Ken Bruce and Tony Blackburn have today announced a brand new national poll and New Year chart countdown to mark the 60th year of the Official Singles Chart.
From today, listeners will be able to vote for their all-time favourite Number 2 single via the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/radio2.
The results of the poll will form the basis of a special New Year’s Day Radio 2 show, presented by Tony Blackburn, who will count down an Official Top 40 of the nation’s favourite singles which never quite made it to the top of the Official Singles Chart. As a climax to the programme, the nation’s favourite Number 2 single will be bestowed with an honorary Number 1 by the Official Charts Company.
A panel consisting of industry experts including Radio 2 presenters Ken Bruce, Tony Blackburn and Janice Long; Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot and charts director Omar Maskatiya; Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale; BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq; George Ergatoudis Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra; and a number of other key industry figures whittled a list of 941 number two tracks down to 107 tracks. The list is made up of every number two record since 1952.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “I think people will be quite surprised to see which massive hits didn’t actually make it to the top of the charts. This promises to be a great show and will give Radio 2 listeners the chance to hear some of their all-time favourite tracks. The programme will be a wonderful celebration of some of the greatest songs over the past 60 years. It’ll be really interesting to see which song actually makes it to number one.”
Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company, says: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 2 to find the UK’s great ‘lost Number 1’. The list of singles which almost, but never quite, made the Number 1 spot is almost as impressive as those which did. Certainly, the ‘Official Number 2’ singles include some absolute corkers – including Hound Dog, Strawberry Fields, Lola, Masterblaster, Oliver’s Army, Wonderwall, and many others. I certainly know my favourites, but am looking forward to seeing what the great British public verdict is.
“To mark the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, we will even be breaking new ground and bestowing the ultimate accolade on the nation’s top choice – and crowning it as an honorary official Number 1. For the first time in history!”
The poll is supported by the Official Charts Company and OfficialCharts.com.
Squeeze have never had a Number 1 single in the UK – this is your chance to make a difference. Leave a comment here when you’ve voted! Thanks :)
Some fun for you :)
Squeeze Official Facebook Wednesday fun for you.
BBC Radio DJ @huwstephens has invented a fantastic Squeeze game.
Come up with different towns for the introduction of UP THE JUNCTION. He has been giving it a special Welsh twist.
Eg. I never thought I’d get touchy feely, with the girl from Peterston Super Ely
Play along here or on Twitter
Thanks to Carole McDonald Gilmour for the information:
Glenn and Chris on Absolute 80s Radio UK, this Sunday (25 November) at 8pm, UK Time :-)
80s Icons: Squeeze
On Absolute 80s, Squeeze are celebrating nearly 40 years in the music business so songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook pick some of their favourite tracks!
Sunday November 18,2012
By Clair Woodward Sunday Express
THEY’VE been together now for (nearly) 40 years, and, after spending time with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, it’s obvious that it really doesn’t seem a day too much for either of them.
The Squeeze singer-songwriters met after Glenn answered Chris’s advert in the window of a Blackheath sweet shop for a songwriting partner back in 1973.
They have been working together, with a few breaks, ever since.
Today they’re with the rest of the band rehearsing in Borehamwood for their Pop Up Shop tour which started on Friday, and are clearly content in each other’s company.
So much so that they’ve written the first new Squeeze songs in 14 years, which fans can buy at the gig along with a CD of the very show they’ve just seen.
“We’re really excited to get on the road again,” explains Glenn.
We’re really excited to get on the road again explains Glenn. “I feel really proud of what we’re doing, and it’s a completely revitalised band now.”
He adds, though: “There was a stage last year where we’d just come off touring our Spot The Difference album of reworked hits and I think, if we’d carried on like that, we’d have got to a point where we couldn’t have carried on any more and still done it justice.”
Squeeze recently featured in the BBC Four documentary Take Me I’m Yours, recounting the story of the band, particularly its changing members (Glenn and Chris are the only remaining originals) and the relationship between Tilbrook and Difford, which saw them estranged for periods as they dealt with problems over relationships, communication breakdowns, and Chris’s past problems with alcohol and cocaine.
Their legion of loyal fans wondered if they’d ever play together after 1998’s last Squeeze album, Domino.
The pair didn’t speak for nine years, and both pursued solo careers.
It was the death of Chris’s brother (“The biggest Squeeze fan”, remembered Chris) which brought the duo back in touch, and their closeness is now palpable.
“The documentary was good, but in an hour you can only tell so much of the story of Squeeze,” explains Glenn, “and its lovely to go back to the beginning of our career and have 30 or 40 years of writing to choose from. “The tour will tell our story from the early days. Doing it now feels like we’ve brought things full circle.”
Chris is one of pop’s most inventive and sensitive lyricists, and a song he wrote about Glenn’s life illustrates how that circle has been completed.
“We do a song in the show from the Domino album called Without You Here, and Chris wrote this lyric for me about how I’d split with my ex and she’d taken our two sons to live with her in Australia. It was a very painful, horrible time, but now we’re at the opposite end of that time, where those kids are now grown men.
“One of them is here and one of them is down in Australia, playing in a band. The relationship between Chris and I, though it has changed greatly, has not been damaged and it’s lovely to be able to play that song from the other side of the experience. Him writing something like that for me is very personal and very touching.”
Difford may have written the lyrics for such jaunty Squeeze hits as Another Nail In My Heart and Pulling Mussels From A Shell but he can write about how men feel in a way that only a few songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, who wrote many of Glen Campbell’s hits, can really succeed with.
Does he ever think he has given too much of himself away in his songs?
“Yes!” he says instantly. “On my first solo album the producer, Frances Dunnery, wanted me to reveal a lot of myself and I thought that was really moving.
“On the second album I tried to do the same thing but I went overboard. I was really happy with it but I gave it to my kids a couple of weeks later and they said they hated it, and that it said too much about my relationships.
Looking back, I think they were right.” The early Squeeze lyrics weren’t quite so heavy on the sensitivity, though, as Chris remembers.
Her says: “Our earlier career was quite macho and out of place really, and very juvenile; particularly on the Cool For Cats album (including the song of the same name, as well as Slap And Tickle).
“Lyrically it drew a lot of people in, especially men, as we were absorbing a grown-up world for the first time and it was mostly blokes and pubs.
“I remember a review in one of the music papers talking about the sexism and machismo in the lyrics, and it wasn’t until we got to East Side Story that I started to branch out. They were the first lyrics that took me to a different place.
“As I grew older, women’s influences in my life made me take a different turn and I felt different. It doesn’t feel like a masculine world any more.’
For two men who have written songs that have become beloved by many, Glenn and Chris seem almost diffident about the way the nation has clutched them to its collective bosom.
“I’ve always seen myself as an outsider,” muses Glenn.
“I don’t move very much in music business circles. I’m very insular in my own part of the world in south east London and I like it like that.
“I think its a combination of me being quite shy and happy with my own lot. You don’t get over shyness by being in a band. I love being on stage but I don’t consider myself to be an outgoing person, which is why I probably don’t like people commenting on my beard or my trousers,” he says, referring to the rather magnificent face furniture which he sported in the BBC Four documentary, which he’s now got rid of (to some sighs of relief…).
Apart from the music, Difford and Tilbrook clearly get a lot of their jollies these days from their families and it’s especially lovely to hear Chris talk about his youngest daughters, Grace and Cissy.
“They’ve started going back to listening to stuff from the James Taylor and Joni Mitchell era. They’ve been round the block with everything else. My youngest, who is 16, is a big fan of Leonard Cohen because of the poetry, which I find very exciting.
“But when she goes out, she dances to Tamla Motown like everybody else. I saw her dancing for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was so thrilling, a wonderful feeling,” he says with a proud smile.
With warmth like that, the future of Difford’s wonderful lyrics and Tilbrook’s gorgeous melodies guarantees another golden era for Squeeze. Squeeze tour until December 16.
See squeezeofficial.com for details.