Part of the new wave movement in British rock, Squeeze won many a heart during the late 70s and 80s for their tender and witty songs about life and love.
Hailing from Deptford in southeast London, the band were formed when founding member Chris Difford stole 50p from his mum’s purse to put a card in the window of a local sweetshop advertising for a guitarist to join his band – though he wasn’t actually in a band at a time.
He and Glenn Tilbrook, the only respondent to the ad, ended up becoming a songwriting partnership to be reckoned with, often heralded as heirs to the Lennon and McCartney throne.
Jools Holland (on keys) and Paul Gunn (drums) completed the line-up, and Squeeze went on to achieve hits with tracks including Cool for Cats, Tempted, Labelled with Love and of course, the seminal Up The Junction.
The band are back on the road in support of Cradle to the Grave, their first album of new material since 1998, which is due for release this month. Catch them doing their thing at the Corn Exchange on 16 October, tickets start at £35.