Glenn Tilbrook: Happy Ending

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It’s a curious thing, fashion.
In the late 70s and early 80s, when New Wave ruled the roost, Squeeze were not just one of the best bands around but one of the most popular too.
One of the best singles bands of that or any era, their 45s sold in large quantities to teenagers, twentysomethings, thirtysomethings – anyone in fact who appreciated wry lyrics and cracking tunes. Their albums weren’t bad either.
Thirty odd years on and despite this new album from Tilbrook – who along with Chris Difford formed the songwriting heart of Squeeze – being every bit as good as the likes of East Side Story and Argy Bargy, the chances of it troubling the charts are minimal.
That says very little about the quality of Happy Endings, and far more about the difference between record buyers today and in the immediate post-punk era, when music fans were happy to accept almost any style as long as it was a) presented as new wave and b) any good.
The fact of the matter is, very few songwriters operating in the UK today can hold a candle to Tilbrook at his best and Happy Endings is certainly that.
He’s a master of the character song and Ray, Persephone, Kev and Dave and Peter are some of his best yet, while in Rupert, Mr Murdoch gets slightly less of a tongue-lashing than you may have expected. There’s also a terrific tribute to Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in Dennis.
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