Saturday, June 20, 1981

6/20/1981: Squeeze charted with “Tempted”

First posted 12/24/2019.

Tempted

Squeeze

Writer(s): Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook (see lyrics here)


Released: July 10, 1981


First Charted: June 20, 1981


Peak: 49 US, 50 CB, 52 HR, 8 AR, 41 UK, 45 CN, 95 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: --


Video Airplay *: 5.12


Streaming *: --


* in millions

Review:

When I was in college in the mid-‘80s, I developed a habit of raiding people’s music collections. At times, I’d walk out of their dorm rooms with a handful of cassettes (yep – I lived through the days before CDs or mp3s existed) minutes after I’d met them. One of my roommates’s friends got me to finally open up to harder-edged fare like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Rush that I’d steered away from in high school. However, I also discovered the sound that comes closest to my tastes – college rock.

Before Nirvana and Pearl Jam ushered in the grunge movement and subsequent mainstreaming of alternative rock, the genre was marked by bands like U2, R.E.M., INXS, The Cure, and Depeche Mode when they were still niche bands. My greatest discovery, though, was Squeeze. A friend’s girlfriend had a copy of the band’s 45’s and Under compilation. It made me a lifelong fan of the band.

The song missed the top 40 in the UK and USA. In the UK, the band had landed seven songs in the top 40, including three top-five hits. In the USA, the loftiest heights for the band came with their 1987 album Babylon and On and its top 40 singles “Hourglass” and “853-5937.” However, the band is probably best known for the song “Tempted,” from their 1981 album East Side Story, aided in part by its use in commercials for Burger King and Heineken and its use in the 1994 movie Reality Bites.

Ironically, it isn’t Chris Difford or Glenn Tilbrook – the band’s staples throughout their 40-year history – who take the lead on the song. No, it’s sung by Paul Carrack, a musical journeyman who also sang with Ace (“How Long”) and Mike + the Mechanics (“Silent Running,” “The Living Years”). He served as the keyboardist on East Side Story and served as the lead vocalist on one song – the one that arguably became the band’s signature hit. Tilbrook does, however, trade a few lines in the second verse with Elvis Costello, who co-produced the track. WK

Chris Difford wrote the lyrics while in a cab. As he said, “I just wrote down what I saw and how I felt as we wormed our way through the traffic. I also must have anticipated a good time on tour as the chorus suggests.” SF Glenn Tilbrook said “it was a sort of breakthrough song for us…It was when we grew up, really, as a band.” SF


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Saturday, June 13, 1981

Air Supply’s The One That You Love hit the U.S. charts

First posted 1/18/2009; updated 9/20/2020.

The One That You Love

Air Supply


Charted: June 13, 1981


Peak: 10 US, -- UK, 21 CN, 10 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: adult contemporary


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Don’t Turn Me Away
  2. Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) (9/19/81, 5 US, 1 AC, 43 AU, airplay: 1 million)
  3. Keeping the Love Alive
  4. The One That You Love (5/16/81, 1 US, 2 AC, 10 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  5. This Heart Belongs to Me
  6. Sweet Dreams (12/12/81, 5 US, 4 AC, airplay: 1 million)
  7. I Want to Give It All
  8. I’ll Never Get Enough of You
  9. Tonite
  10. I’ve Got Your Love


Total Running Time: 39:59


The Players:

  • Russell Hitchcock (vocals)
  • Graham Russell (vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Rex Goh, David Moyse (guitars)
  • Dave Green (bass)
  • Frank Esler-Smith (keyboards)
  • Ralph Cooper (drums)

Rating:

3.573 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)


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About the Album:

The One That You Love was Air Supply’s second international release and perhaps their finest all-around studio outing.” AMG Like its predecessor, Lost in Love, the album was produced by future-Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clive Davis. Both albums also spawned three top-five Billboard Hot 100 hits. the lead single, “the heart-wrenching title track,” AMG became Air Supply’s first and only chart-topper.

“The sheer drama of Here I Am and the swooping orchestration of Sweet Dreams complete this smash-hit trilogy.” AMG The former was “closely related to the style of Barry Manilow, one of the band’s influences” WK while the latter came closer than anything the group had done to a foray into rock. The song also lent itself to a more bombastic, orchestral treatment, as demonstrated in the video below.

“As suggested by their name, a sense of air and space pervades other pop-tastic ballads such as This Heart Belongs to Me and Keeping the Love Alive.” AMG I’ll Never Get Enough of You was the main theme of a Japanese TV novel, leading it to become the group’s first entry on any Asian chart. WK


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