- Boasting two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original UK pressing is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Sweets from a Stranger you’ve heard – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- We shot out a number of other imports and this one had the presence, bass, and dynamics that were missing from most other copies we played
- If you’re a fan of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Joe Jackson and even quite a few other lesser-knowns from this era, Squeeze is the band for you
I put them right up there with Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel in the pantheon of British Pop Music of the era.
Squeeze’s prime period with Jools Holland on keyboards encompasses four albums, any of which is worth owning. The band really gets going with their second album, Cool for Cats (1979), pulls it all together and takes it to another level for their breakthrough third, Argybargy (1980), and produces two more of high quality, East Side Story (1981, produced mostly by Elvis Costello) and the darker but equally brilliant Sweets from a Stranger(1982).
I’m a huge fan of all four, as well as two from their later days, the amazing-to-this-day Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985) and the weaker but enjoyable Babylon and On (1987). I play all of them on a regular basis.