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Squeeze are an English band, with a dedicated following, that rose out of the New Wave scene in the late 70’s. They are well known for hits such as 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction', 'Tempted', and 'Hourglass'.

All their songs are written by band members Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, and with the band forming in 1974, there have been numerous line-up changes, but always revolving around the two writers.

The band first broke up in 1982, reformed in 1985, then disbanded again in 1999 – they have since reformed for tours in the US and UK in 2007 and 2008.

Squeeze’s early career began in Deptford in SE London where the band met after an advert in a South-London sweet shop window - they were part of a vibrant scene including Alternative T.V and Dire Straits. They first named the band 'Captain Trundlow's Sky Company' and 'Skyco', before settling on Squeeze.

The band's second album, Cool for Cats, released in 1979, contained the band's two highest charting UK singles; 'Cool For Cats' and 'Up The Junction' – both reaching No.2 in the charts.

Colourful keyboardist Jools Holland left and band for a solo career in 1980, and subsequent illustrious TV career.

In 2004, the pair worked with music journalist, Jim Drury, on the book 'Squeeze: Song By Song'. They admitted they had become better friends after the break-up of the band than they were at any time they Squeeze was together

In early 2007, the band reformed for a series of shows in support of the re-issue of the band’s back catalogue and a release of a new ‘Best of’ album: 'Essential Squeeze'.

After the success of this comeback, they are looking to continue touring and have confirmed they plan to write new material.

Wendy Gabriel

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