Cool For Cats – UK – 7″ – picture sleeve – pink labels

AMS 7426 UK 7″ picture sleeve pink labels
Released in March 1979

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AMS 7426 UK 7″ picture sleeve pink labels
Cool For Cats / Model

The single was edited down to 3:10 from the longer album version. The b-side was Model, a re-recording of the song featured on their debut LP. If you look on the vinyl near the label, in the run-off groove, you’ll find a matrix number. This tells you which metal pressing plate was used to stamp out the vinyl. For Cool For Cats the number starts at AMS 7426 A1 and goes to AMS 7426 A7, meaning that seven different plates had to be made to make the single (they wear out after several thousand copies).

On this version the label is still pink, from the labels being specially printed to tone in with the pink vinyl issue – even though this version is black.

Here are some of the different variations of coloured vinyl and labels released in the UK:

Cool For Cats vinyl variations

Released in March 1979, this became A&M UK’s largest selling single – until The Police came along to steal their sales, their manager’s time, their record company’s attention and even their hard won USA college circuit gig following. Walking on the moon? Give me Deptford any day. It spent 11 weeks in the UK charts, reaching number 2. It appears to be Squeeze’s only Polish release – as a postcard picture disc – the idea being that you bought a record to post back to your folks – it’s square, made of cardboard and plays (rather badly). There’s even a place for you to write your message and the address. Weird. [[Cool For Cats]] was also released in Austria (May 1979), Belgium (May 1979), Finland (June 1979), France (May 1979), Norway (April 1979), Sweden (May 1979), Switzerland (April 1979) and in Israel on a compilation LP in June 1979 (“Supersmash” EPC 83781 according to CBS Records Ltd of Tel Aviv). Chris once sang “The cowboys take position with the bullets up their arse” to an American audience. A Top Of The Pops appearance also had the word “bleeding” replaced with “blooming”.

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