Saturday, September 18, 2021

R.E.M.: Top 100 Songs

l to r: Mike Mills, Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck. Image from TheGuardian.com

R.E.M. formed in Athens, GA. Active 1980-2011. Developed huge following with college audiences in the early 1980s as one of the first "alternative rock" groups. R.E.M. is the abbreviation for Rapid Eye Movement, sleep’s dream stage. Members: Michael Stipe (v), Peter Buck (g), Mike Mills (b), and Bill Berry (d: 80-98). Buck, Mills, and Berry worked with Warren Zevon on the one-time collaboration Hindu Love Gods in 1990. Buck was also in Minus 5 (95).

Their song “Losing My Religion” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Their album Automatic for the People (1992) is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

Click here to see other best-of lists from performers and here to see other best-of lists from songwriters and/or producers.


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Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of R.E.M., 1981-1987 based on this list. It debuts September 21, 2021 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

Awards:


Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Losing My Religion (1991) #1 AR,MR
2. Everybody Hurts (1992)
3. It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (1987)
4. The One I Love (1987)
5. Radio Free Europe (1981)

DMDB Top 5%:

6. Man on the Moon (1992)

DMDB Top 5%:

7. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (1994) #1 MR
8. Drive (1992) #1 MR
9. Shiny Happy People (1991)

DMDB Top 10%:

10. Fall on Me (1986)
11. The Great Beyond (1999) #1 AA
12. Orange Crush (1988) #1 AR,MR
13. Stand (1988) #1 MR
14. Imitation of Life (2001) #1 AA
15. E-Bow the Letter (1996)
16. Nightswimming (1992)
17. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) (1984)

DMDB Top 20%:

18. Driver 8 (1985)
19. Bang and Blame (1994) #1 MR,CN
20. Daysleeper (1998) #1 AA

21. Bittersweet Me (1996) #1 AA
22. Supernatural Superserious (2008) #1 AA
23. Don’t Go Back to Rockville (1984)
24. Finest Worksong (1987)
25. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (1992)
26. Strange Currencies (1994)
27. Can’t Get There from Here (1985)
28. Superman (1986)
29. Pop Song 89 (1988)
30. Crush with Eyeliner (1994)

31. All I Have to Do Is Dream (1986)
32. Bad Day (2003) #1 AA
33. Find the River (1992)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

34. Talk About the Passion (1983)
35. Pretty Persuasion (1984)
36. Gardening at Night (1982)
37. Perfect Circle (1983)
38. Electrolite (1996)
39. Leaving New York (2004) #1 AA
40. Ages of You (1985)

41. Radio Song (w/ KRS-1, 1991)
42. Moon River (1984)
43. Lotus (1998)
44. Star 69 (1994)
45. At My Most Beautiful (1998)
46. Maps and Legends (1985)
47. All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star) (2001)
48. Near Wild Heaven (1991)
49. Turn You Inside Out (1988)
50. Begin the Begin (1986)

51. Catapult (1983)
52. Ignoreland (1992)
53. Swan Swan H (1986)
54. Hollow Man (2008)
55. Texarkana (1991)
56. King of the Road (1984)
57. Wendell Gee (1985)
58. Low (1991)
59. King of Birds (1987)
60. Get Up (1988)

61. First We Take Manhattan (1991)
62. Cuyahoga (1986)
63. Country Feedback (1991)
64. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1992)
65. These Days (1986)
66. Pilgrimage (1983)
67. Überlin (2011)
68. Animal (2003)
69. Tom’s Diner (live, 1991)
70. The Wake-Up Bomb (1996)

71. Aftermath (2004)
72. I Believe (1986)
73. I’ll Take the Rain (2001)
74. We All Go Back to Where We Belong (2011)
75. Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) 1982)
76. Sitting Still (1981)
77. Tongue (1994)
78. Welcome to the Occupation (1987)
79. #9 Dream (2007)
80. World Leader Pretend (1988)

81. You Are the Everything (1988)
82. Disturbance at the Heron House (1987)
83. We Walk (1983)
84. Femme Fatale (1986)
85. Toys in the Attic (1986)
86. Exhuming McCarthy (1987)
87. Electron Blue (2004)
88. Pale Blue Eyes (1984)
89. Try Not to Breathe (1992)
90. There She Goes Again (1983)

91. Love Is All Around (1991)
92. Crazy (1985)
93. Photograph (w/ Natalie Merchant, 1993)
94. Hope (1998)
95. Time After Time (Annelise) (1984)
96. Discoverer (2011)
97. Mine Smell Like Honey (2011)
98. Half a World Away (1991)
99. Wolves, Lower (1982)
100. Feeling Gravity’s Pull (1985)


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First posted 9/22/2011; updated 9/18/2021.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Lou Reed and Velvet Underground: Top 50 Songs

Lou Reed & Velvet Underground

Top 50 Songs

Lou Reed was an experimental rock singer/songwriter born 3/2/1942 in Long Island, NY. He died 10/27/2013. He established himself as “The Godfather of Punk” with art-rock group The Velvet Underground (vocals/guitar: 1965-70). That group is considered the predecessor to alternative rock and punk and one of the most influential rock groups of all-time. The Velvet Underground also included John Cale (vocals/bass/viola: 1965-68), Sterling Morrison (guitar/backing vocals: 1965-70), Maureen Tucker (percussion: 1967-69), Nico (vocals: 1967), Doug Yule (bass/backing vox: 1969-70), and Billy Yule (drums: 70). Their album
Velvet Underground & Nico
(1967) is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Reed’s other three albums with the band – White Light/White Heat (1967), The Velvet Underground (1969), Loaded (1970) – all rank in the DMDB’s top 1000 albums of all time.

Reed went solo in 1970. His albums Transformer (1972) and Berlin (1973) rank in the DMDB’s top 1000 albums of all time.

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Awards (Velvet Underground):

Awards (Lou Reed):


Top 50 Songs of Lou Reed & Velvet Underground


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs by Velvet Underground and by Lou Reed as a solo artist. Some songs (such as “Satellite of Love”) are noted as Velvet Underground AND Lou Reed songs because they were initially recorded as demos by VU and later by Reed as full-fledged recordings.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Walk on the Wild Side (Reed, 1972)

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Perfect Day (Reed, 1972)
3. I’m Waiting for the Man (VU & Nico, 1967)
4. Sweet Jane (VU, 1970)
5. Heroin (VU & Nico, 1967)

DMDB Top 10%:

6. Venus in Furs (VU & Nico, 1967)
7. Rock and Roll (VU, 1970)
8. White Light/White Heat (VU, 1968)

DMDB Top 20%:

9. Vicious (Reed, 1972)
10. Pale Blue Eyes (VU, 1969)

11. Satellite of Love (VU/Reed, 1970/1972)
12. Coney Island Baby (Reed, 1975)
13. Sister Ray (VU, 1968)
14. All Tomorrow’s Parties (VU & Nico, 1967)
15. Dirty Blvd. (Reed, 1989)
16. Femme Fatale (VU & Nico, 1967)
17. Berlin (Reed, 1972)
18. This Is Your Land (Simple Minds with Reed, 1989)
19. I Can’t Stand It (VU/Reed, 1969/1972)
20. Sally Can’t Dance (Reed, 1974)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

21. Lisa Says (VU/Reed, 1969/1972)
22. New Age (VU, 1970)
23. Candy Says (VU, 1969)
24. Sunday Morning (VU & Nico, 1967)
25. Caroline Says I (Reed, 1973)
26. What Goes On (VU, 1969)
27. Street Hassle (Reed, 1978)
28. Kill Your Sons (Reed, 1974)
29. Waves of Fear (Reed, 1982)
30. How Do You Think It Feels (Reed, 1973)

31. After Hours (VU, 1969)
32. Caroline Says II (Reed, 1973)
33. Beginning to See the Light (VU, 1969)
34. Sad Song (VU/Reed, 1970/1972)
35. Temporary Thing (Reed, 1976)
36. Rock and Roll Heart (Reed, 1976)
37. Vicious Circle (Reed, 1976)
38. Stephanie Says (VU, 1968)
39. What’s Good (Reed, 1992)
40. There She Goes Again (VU & Nico, 1967)

41. Busload of Faith (Reed, 1989)
42. Jesus (VU, 1969)
43. I Love You Suzanne (Reed, 1984)
44. America (Star Spangled Banner) (Reed, 1980)
45. I Love You (VU/Reed, 1970/1972)
46. The Blue Mask (Reed, 1982)
47. Here Comes the Bride (Reed, 1978)
48. Teach the Gifted Children (Reed, 1980)
49. There Is No Time (Reed, 1989)
50. The Kids (Reed, 1973)


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First posted 3/2/2020; updated 9/17/2021.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Rolling Stone Magazine: Songs of the Year, 1949-2020

Rolling Stone:

Songs of the Year, 1949-2020

These are the songs of each year as selected by Rolling Stone. The magazine was first published in 1967. By at least 1977, the magazine was selecting a “song of the year” annually. Prior to that, the songs of the year listed below were determined by the song with the highest ranking based on an aggregate of multiple best-of lists (see resources at bottom of page) over the years.

You can also see the result of the aggregate as a list of Rolling Stone’s top 200 songs).

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First posted 4/15/2019; last updated 9/16/2021.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 200 Songs

Rolling Stone:

Top 200 Songs

Rolling Stone magazine has published numerous best-of lists over the years. Below is an exclusive Dave’s Music Database list aggregating nine Rolling Stone lists from 1988 to 2021 into one overall list.

Click here to see other lists from publications and/or organizations.

1. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
2. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
3. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
4. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
5. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
6. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
7. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
8. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
9. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
10. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)

11. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
12. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
13. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
14. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
15. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
16. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
17. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
18. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
19. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
20. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)

21. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
22. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
23. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
24. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
25. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
26. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (1977)
27. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
28. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
29. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
30. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)

31. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
32. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
33. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
34. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
35. The Who “My Generation” (1966)
36. Jay-Z “99 Problems” (2004)
37. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
38. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
39. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
40. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)

41. Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)
42. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
43. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
44. The Clash “London Calling” (1980)
45. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
46. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
47. Ike & Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966)
48. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
49. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
50. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)

51. The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)
52. David Bowie “Changes” (1972)
53. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
54. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
55. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’” (1989)
56. The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (1971)
57. Eminem with Dido “Stan” (2000)
58. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
59. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
60. Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” (1967)

61. 50 Cent “In Da Club” (2002)
62. The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (1971)
63. Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (1976)
64. The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” (1968)
65. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
66. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
67. U2 “One” (1992)
68. The Beatles “In My Life” (1965)
69. The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
70. The Band “The Weight” (1968)

71. Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Work It” (2002)
72. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
73. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
74. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
75. The Temptations “My Girl” (1964)
76. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
77. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
78. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)
79. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
80. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)

81. M.I.A. “Paper Planes” (2008)
82. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
83. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
84. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
85. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
86. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
87. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
88. Derek and the Dominos “Layla” (1970)
89. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
90. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)

91. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (2004)
92. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
93. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
94. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
95. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
96. Kanye West “Jesus Walks” (2004)
97. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
98. Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road” (1975)
99. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” (2003)
100. Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” (1971)

101. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
102. OutKast “Ms. Jackson” (2000)
103. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
104. Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” (1963)
105. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
106. Bob Dylan “Mississippi” (2001)
107. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
108. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
109. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
110. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

111. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
112. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
113. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
114. The Mamas & the Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
115. The Strokes “Last Nite” (2001)
116. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
117. Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1978)
118. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
119. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron” (1963)
120. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side

121. Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989)
122. Dusty Springfield “Son of a Preacher Man” (1968)
123. James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (1970)
124. The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” (1966)
125. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
126. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
127. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
128. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1964)
129. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1972)
130. Green Day “American Idiot” (2004)

131. Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love” (1967)
132. Them “Gloria” (1964)
133. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)
134. The Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” (1977)
135. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
136. Elton John “Tiny Dancer” (1972)
137. Beck “Loser” (1993)
138. Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (1992)
139. Prince “1999” (1982)
140. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)

141. Public Enemy “Bring the Noise” (1988)
142. The Rolling Stones “Miss You” (1978)
143. Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” (1955)
144. Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity” (1996)
145. Prince “Kiss” (1986)
146. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)
147. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
148. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
149. Al Green “Tired of Being Alone” (1971)
150. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)

151. The Who “Baba O’Riley” (1971)
152. Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971)
153. Willie Nelson “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (1975)
154. Elvis Costello “Alison” (1977)
155. Joni Mitchell “Help Me” (1974)
156. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (1991)
157. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
158. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
159. Jimmy Cliff “The Harder They Come” (1972)
160. Cheap Trick “Surrender” (1978)

161. Beastie Boys “Sabotage” (1994)
162. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
163. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
164. OutKast “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)” (2000)
165. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
166. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
167. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
168. David Bowie “Heroes” (1977)
169. Kanye West with Pusha T “Runaway” (2010)
170. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)

171. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
172. Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963)
173. Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” (1956)
174. Radiohead “Idioteque” (2000)
175. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
176. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
177. LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends” (2007)
178. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
179. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
180. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)

181. Britney Spears “Toxic” (2004)
182. Bob Marley & the Wailers “Redemption Song” (1980)
183. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
184. Ramones “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” (1977)
185. Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (1964)
186. Buddy Holly and The Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
187. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (1975)
188. Madonna “Vogue” (1990)
189. U2 “Moment of Surrender” (2009)
190. Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” (1976)

191. Little Richard “Good Golly Miss Molly” (1958)
192. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
193. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
194. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” (1999)
195. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) ” (2008)
196. Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” (1955)
197. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
198. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
199. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
200. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)


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First posted 5/7/2013; last updated 9/16/2021.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

In Concert: Squeeze

Squeeze

Uptown Theater
Kansas City, MO
September 14, 2021


Opening Act:

Fastball

Members of Squeeze:

  • Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar)
  • Chris Difford (rhythm guitar, vocals)
  • Stephen Large (keyboards, backing vocals)
  • Simon Hanson (drums, percussion, backing vocals)
  • Steve Smith (percussion, rhythm guitar, vocals)
  • Melvin Duffy (guitar, dulcimer)
  • Owen Biddle (bass, backing vocals)

image from broadwayworld.com


Review:

This was my first show since the covid-19 pandemic shut down the world in March 2020. It was a pretty decent way to come back as Squeeze are one of my favorites. When it came to covering the familiar stuff from their early years, the band didn’t disappoint. In fact, they included every song in their set from the 1982 compilation 45’s and Under. Representation from albums after that was a bit scattershot.

1985’s Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti was represented with “Big Beng” instead of any of the five singles from that album. Similarly, charting “Satisfied” and “Everything in the World,” top-10 modern rock hits from 1991’s Play and 1993’s Some Fantastic Place respectively, were overlooked in favor of a pair of album cuts. They played “Hourglass” (a top-20 hit in the U.S.) and “Footprints” (a non-charting single) from 1987’s Babylon and On, but omitted “853-5937,” the group’s only other top-40 hit. The band didn’t play anything from 1995’s Ridiculous, 1998’s Domino, or 2015’s Cradle to the Grave, but covered two songs from 2017’s The Knowledge, Squeeze’s most recent studio release.

I was puzzled not just by the band’s inclusion of so much material unfamiliar to casual fans, but the fact that it was so bunched together. The overload was apparent when most of the crowd was seated for songs 6-12. They even opened their encore with “Wicked and Cruel,” another album cut which most of the audience probably didn’t know. I was also astonished that “Tempted,” the band’s best-known song, was not held over as an encore or the finale before the encore.

Still, there were high points throughout the show. Watching the percussionist repeatedly jump up and slam down on the cymbals of his drum kit with his hands during “Slap and Tickle” was thrilling. The extended version of “Black Coffee in Bed” accompanied by multiple solos was the highlight of the show. It was also bold for Squeeze to present “Tempted” in a different arrangement. All in all, it wasn’t a bad return after a year-and-a-half concert drought.

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Spotify Podcast:

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Set List


1. Footprints 8
2. Big Beng 7
3. Hourglass 8
4. Pulling Mussels from the Shell 3
5. Up the Junction 2
6. I Think I’m Go Go 3
7. Cold Shoulder 11
8. Departure Lounge 15
9. Mumbo Jumbo 4
10. Someone Else’s Heart 4
11. Is That Love 4
12. Please Be Upstanding 15
13. Slap and Tickle 2
14. F-Hole 4
15. Another Nail in My Heart 3
16. Tempted 4
17. Take Me I’m Yours 1
18. Cool for Cats 2
19. Goodbye Girl 2
20. Annie Get Your Gun *

Encore:

21. Wicked and Cruel 10
22. If I Didn’t Love You 3
23. Black Coffee in Bed


Discography:

1 Squeeze (1978)
2 Cool for Cats (1979)
3 Argybargy (1980)
4 East Side Story (1981)
5 Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
* Singles: 45’s and Under (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
7Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
8 Babylon and On (1987)
9 Frank (1989)
10 Play (1991)
11 Some Fantastic Place (1993)
12 Ridiculous (1995)
13 Domino (1998)
14 Cradle to the Grave (2015)
15 The Knowledge (2017)

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First posted 9/15/2021.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Squeeze/Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook: Top 50 Songs

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, image from warwickartscentre.co.uk

Squeeze/
Chris Difford/
Glenn Tilbrook

Top 50 Songs

Squeeze was a new wave band formed in England in 1975. The group have released 15 studio albums from 1978 to 2017. The only two members from every incarnation of the band, however, are singer/songwriters Chris Difford (born 11/4/1954 in Greenwich, United Kingdom) and Glenn Tilbrook (born 8/31/1957 in Woolwich, London, England). When Squeeze temporarily dissolved in 1982, the two recorded as a duo. The group had another long studio hiatus from 1998 to 2010 during which time Difford and Tilbrook each released solo albums.

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Spotify Podcast:

Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Squeeze based on this list. It debuts September 14, 2021 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

Awards (Squeeze):


Awards (Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook):


Top 50 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tempted (1981)

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Up the Junction (1979)
3. Hourglass (1987)

DMDB Top 20%:

4. Cool for Cats (1979)
5. Black Coffee in Bed (1982)
6. Goodbye Girl (1978)
7. Pulling Mussels from the Shell (1980)
8. Take Me I’m Yours (1978)
9. 853-5937 (1987)
10. Annie Get Your Gun (1982)

11. Labelled with Love (1981)
12. Slap and Tickle (1979)
13. Is That Love? (1981)
14. Another Nail in My Heart (1980)
15. Satisfied (1991)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

16. If I Didn’t Love You (1980)
17. Heartbreaking World (1985)
18. Trust Me to Open My Mouth (1987)
19. In Quintessence (1981)
20. Everything in the World (1993)

21. I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) (1985)
22. Loving You Tonight (1993)
23. Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken (1989)
24. When the Hangover Strikes (1982)
25. Still (Glenn Tilbrook, 2009)
26. Fat As a Fiddle (Chris Difford, 2008)
27. Last Time Forever (1985)
28. Some Fantastic Place (1993)
29. Separate Beds (1980)
30. Hits of the Year (1985)

31. Interviewing Randy Newman (Glenn Tilbrook, 2001)
32. Like I Did (Chris DIfford, 2010)
33. Squabs on the Forty Five (1981)
34. Hot Shaved Asian Teens (Glenn Tilbrook, 2004)
35. No Show Jones (Chris Difford, 2003)
36. Electric Trains (1995)
37. Goldfish (Chris Difford, 2010)
38. Bang Bang (1978)
39. Pinocchio (1993)
40. To Be a Dad (1998)

41. Temptation for Love (Squeeze with Cathy Dennis, 1995)
42. On My Own I’m Never Bored (Chris Difford, 2008)
43. 1975 (Chris Difford, 2010)
44. Action Speaks Faster (Difford & Tilbrook, 1984)
45. Ice Cream (Glenn Tilbrook, 2014)
46. Vanity Fair (1981)
47. Chat Line Larry (Glenn Tilbrook & Nine Below Zero, 2011)
48. Some Americans (1987)
49. Messed Around (1981)
50. No Place Like Home (1985)


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First posted 4/29/2020; last updated 9/8/2021.