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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 17, 1989 - Page 9
Cute, cuddly, and Squeeze-able

BY MARK SWARTZ
I'VE never met Difford or Tilbrook
or the other blokes in Squeeze, so
I've never gotten a chance to ask
them about their name. But I'd really
like to get a chance to see if my the-
ory is correct. The way I see it,
Squeeze, who play Hill Auditorium
tonight, is the nicest band in the
world. The kind of band a girl can
take home to her parents without
causing a scene. The kind of band
that, if they followed you home after
school, you'd want to keep.
So Squeeze is kind of like what
you want to do to them. Squeeze, as
in "hug and..." Leather, loud guitars,
ominous lyrics, and fire/desire
rhymes are out. Cute is in. And
Squeeze is as cute as that adorable
turtle on the cover of their new re-
lease, Frank.
Frank is funny. Frank is smart.

(Frank is like all the other Squeeze
albums in your collection, but that's
okay, because) Frank is full of
warm, only slightly off-beat, upbeat
ditties on the perplexites of the hu-
man heart. Chris Difford and Glen
Tilbrook, the songwriting duo re-
sponsible for most of the material,
clearly have a good time with their
craft. I've heard that they play games
with it; for example, one will write
new lyrics to a Motown classic, say
"Tracks of my Tears," then, without
telling him what song it was, hand
them over to the other guy and have
him write the music. They try to
out-pun each other, or they try to
out-pseudo-sentimentalize each
other, anything as long as they have
a good time doing it.
However they do it, it works, and
has been working since 1978 (if you
discount the momentary break-up
after the release of their great greatest
hits package, Singles: 45's and Un-

der). They've been called the new
Rogers and Hammerstein, the new
Lennon and McCartney, and the old
Stamey and Holsapple (of the dB's).
They've earned their rare status as
elder statesmen on the College Mu-
sic scene.
Sometime keyboardist Jools Hol-
land, who recently ended his stint as
co-host of David Sanborn's Sunday
Night music television hour, re-joins
Squeeze for this album and tour.
He's sure to bring still more good-
natured shenanigans to the already
good-natured Squeeze show, and he's
been known to perform a raucous
solo piano shoot-em-up between
sets.
Katrina ("Walking on Sunshine")
and her Waves will be on hand to
warm up the crowd. They're promot-
ing their new album, too. It's called
Break of hearts, and it does all the
things a hardworking American gui-
tar music album should do.

Squeeze's new album, Frank,
proves that o1' green shell is back.
SQUEEZE, with special guests KA-
TRINA AND THE WAVES, per-
forms at Hill Auditorium tonight at 8
pm. Tickets are available for
$14.50-$18.50 at the Union Ticket
Office.

Butler, Batiste: Attack of the
killer B's
Listen to Henry Butler's Fivin'Around enough times and you'll swear you
can smell the blackened stench of a New Orleans backstreet. Pianist
Butler, (above) who joins clarinetist Alvin Batiste at the Ark tomorrow
night, has studied his art with Roland Hanna and the legendary
Cannonball Adderly. So facile is Butler that down beat magazine relates
that he "has driven his main vehicle, the piano, with the daring of a
speed racer and the stamina of an interstate trucker." Sponsored by our
good friends at Eclipse Jazz, tomorrow's shows start at 8 and 10 p.m.
For students, tickets are going for 10 bucks, otherwise pay $12.50.
Puerto Rican Association
presents the Seventh
MICHIGAN PUERTO RICAN WEEK
DRA. ANA MARIA CANO
Executive Assistant of the Dean
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus

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