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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Phil sits at the feet of Chris Difford



High up on the Khyber

So, on my monitor at work are a few bits of paper, taped to the side. A bit of Pushkin I read and liked, a couple of extensions I'm always dialing, my to-do list, and my New Year's resolutions. One of my resolutions was to post to Squeezereader more, but things have gotten into the way. Now, I'm shoving the obstructions to the side and am going to try and keep up the resolutions again.

So, here's a story about Glenn getting high.

Undercover: Glenn Tilbrook Gets High
A rock star getting high is hardly big news, but Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook is doing it for real.

Tilbrook, and a number of other musicians, will climb Mt Everest next month and perform the highest concert in history.

Tilbrook's fellow "rock" stars are Mike Peters of The Alarm, Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram from The Fixx and Nick Harper.

Together, they plan to do the gig at some stage next month. Tilbrook will leave for Katmandu on October 10 and return to the UK on October 30.

The show is to benefit cancer and leukemia sufferers all over the world.
Sounds like a hell of a show. Someone tape it and put it on youtube please.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Anyone want to take a guess?

We could probably solve this with just a quick search, but I want to see if we can get it without looking it up. Chris and Glenn and Gilson with Elvis Costello onstage somewhere playing Pretty Flamingo.

What do you think? Floppy hair Glenn, with slicked back Chris, Gilson onstage.... Frank era?

Hey, Elv thanked Chris, Glenn and Nick Lowe. Where's the Gilson love?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Jools' memoirs

Is there enough Jools Holland in your life? Well, you can get even more in his memoir that's coming out next month. I would be surprised if the Squeeze part of it were very long, or the most interesting part of the book, given the kind of unique brand of television personality he is. In fact, I can't really think of a modern equivalent --- if anyone can think of one, feel free to let me know. The first link was to, from which we get not a penny. There is an announcement in the Bexley Times, but it's not much more than the blurb anyway....

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Monday, September 03, 2007

From the vaults: Watch Chris & Glenn on BBC London

"Still squeezing out sparks"

Imagine my panic when I read the headline on the BBC London site...

"... Squeezing out Sparks"?!!!

What on earth could have happened to the delightful Ron and Russell Mael?

I was about to launch an expedition to make sure that the electro-pioneers were safe and well, when I read the first paragraph:

" As English as they come and Londoners to boot: Lord Crowley meets songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook..."

Phew! That was a close one!

So imagine my delight to find that you can also watch Chris & Glenn chat to Lord Gary of Crowley (plus hear a bit of an acoustic take on 'Take Me I'm Yours').

The interview is from a couple of years back when Messrs Difford and Tilbrook were promoting their 'Song By Song' book at Borders.

I whooped a cry of happiness, put on my headphones and whipped out my copy Jim Drury's excellent 'Squeeze: Song By Song' book.


Read the article and watch Chris & Glenn chat to Gary Crowley here!

"Here's hoping they stay close and I wouldn't be too surprised if they end up working together in the future. And soon-ish too. Here's hoping anyway"- Gary Crowley

And they did! :0)

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