Squeeze plays "Spot the Difference" by the book
Squeeze has revisited its catalog from the 1970s and '80s, and re-recorded 14 of their better-known songs for an Aug. 3 release in the United States.
Titled "Spot the Difference," the album will be released just as the group is ending a monthlong tour of the States with Cheap Trick (July 9-18) and the English Beat (July 21-31). Squeeze will be adding dates to follow the release.
As was the group's custom into the 1990s and during reunion shows, Squeeze will again emphasize reproducing its recordings on stage. The 14 tracks that make up "Spot the Difference" are designed to make the listener wonder if they are listening to the original or the new take.
While Squeeze had a significant following (it was the first band to emerge from the new wave movement to headline New York's Madison Square Garden), the group never had a Top 20 hit until "Hourglass" reached No. 15 in 1987. "Hourglass" is part of the new collection, but the band's only other Top 40 hit, "853-5937," is not. The new album includes "Tempted" with Paul Carrick again singing lead, "Black Coffee in Bed," "Take Me I'm Yours" and "Goodbye Girl."
Songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook lead the group, which includes bassist John Bentley, who joined in 1979, and two members of Tilbrook's band: former Electric Soft Parade keyboardist Stephen Large and drummer Simon Hanson.
Squeeze will be touring the U.K. from Nov. 14 to Dec. 12 with the Lightning Seeds opening.
9 - Columbus, OH - LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
10 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
13 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
14 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
16 - Philadelphia, PA- Mann Center
17 - Guilford, NH - Meadowbrook Pavilion
18 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theater
21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
22 - Minneapolis, MN - Zoo Amphitheatre
25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
27 - Las Vegas, NV - Crown Theater
28 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
30 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
31 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre