Latitude Festival 2009: Squeeze

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Latitude Festival 2009: Squeeze

Showing my Age part 2: Squeeze, Uncut Arena, 17th July 2009 

Let’s face it: Squeeze aren’t what you might call a fashionable band. 

Then again, I’m not what you might call a fashionable person.  So let me take this opportunity to fess-up and admit that I’ve always liked them.  My first 7″ single (look it up) was Cool For Cats,which I bought with my pocket money from what used to be the local branch of Woolworths(look that up, too).  Over the years I’ve got into numerous booze-fuelled disputes with musically-minded mates in which I’ve steadfastly defended the reputation of Deptford’s finest against naysayers, unbelievers and people who call me a Dadrock lackey.

So it goes without saying that I really enjoyed their reunion gig at Latitude Festival’s Uncut Arena last night.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook – the Lennon and McCartney of 80s chart-topping melodic pop, as far as I’m concerned – were reunited for what turned out to be a blistering assault on their back-catalogue.  Like many unfashionable bands, people often forget just how many of their songs have etched their way into our minds.  Last night, though, was a powerful reminder.  The likes of Up The Junction, Tempted and Black Coffee in Bed were all present and correct, but the highlight of the set was the double-barrelled assault of Is This Love and Cool For Cats.

More ammunition for those booze-fuelled disputes, then.


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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. Jay Eales July 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I’m with you. Never got to see Squeeze first time round, but have seen both Difford and Tilbrook solo twice and three times respectively. All-time greats, and it’s great that they’ve patched up their differences.


  2. Tom Lennon July 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Jay – good to hear from you, mate, and glad to hear I’m not a lone voice on the pro-Squeeze front!

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