The hits of Britpop originators Squeeze — songs like “Up the Junction” and “Tempted” — are among the sounds of the ’80s that don’t sound the least bit dated. Still playing those songs on the road today, co-singer-songwriter Glen Tilbrook recalls the band’s first gig in America, in 1978.
“We did a gig in this bar in New Jersey. Going to America was like going to the land of promise to me,” Tilbrook says. “America didn’t disappoint me in any way, shape or form.”
Over three decades later, Squeeze is preparing to release “Spot the Difference,” a collection of new recordings of their hits, on Aug. 3. But the record is no nostalgia trip — Tilbrook says one-time label Universal Records won’t allow the band access to their back catalogue, “so the next best thing is to create a thing we can control. I approached this record like a new record and poured my heart and soul in it,” he adds. “We all did. What we ended up with is a record that stands on its own two feet.”
If you go:
Squeeze with Cheap Trick
Radio City Music Hall
Sixth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets