Squeeze And Their Fans Bask In Nostalgia At Music Tastes Good REVIEW+PHOTOS: Squeeze @ Music Tastes Good 9/24/16
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RECAP: Squeeze is one of those iconic bands that have been around for decades. Perhaps you were around in the 70’s for their onset, or perhaps you were introduced to them through MTV (when MTV actually played music videos and kids pretended they were their favorite MTV VJ’s… I was always Martha Quinn), or perhaps you’re familiar with their catchy tune “Tempted” from some use in a variety of commercials and the popular 1994 film, Reality Bites, or perhaps you’re like my early 20’s neighbor who found them while pursuing online because he simply loves good music and rattled off a litany of their songs upon the mention of the name Squeeze.
However the introduction, it’s near impossible not to nostalgically sing along to at least one of their hit songs. A moment that most likely makes you smile. I mean, it’s hard not to smile when the very existence of their name is an homage to The Velvet Underground’s album Squeeze. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one excitedly awaiting their performance at Music Tastes Good. Adoring fans packed into the JetBlue Stage area and Long Beach residents flocked to their windows to get a birds-eye-view seating (note to window-watchers — we can see you too … just sayin’ … ).
Although the band has gone through many different members throughout the decades, the two founding members, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, have always been a constant. The band took command of the stage while the crowd cheered and multimedia images morphed behind them on screens that spanned the back of the stage. The song “Only 15” ended with the image of a chess board displayed on the screen. Life is a game of chess? If so, Squeeze, you won.
Next came my personal favorite, “Tempted.” With just the first few notes, the crowd erupted in even louder cheers. “Oh yeah! I know them!” exclaimed a few fans who didn’t realize that they were already familiar with them. The set continued with excitement as they wrapped their set with, “Black Coffee In Bed”.
After four decades entertaining fans, Squeeze continues to give a professional seasoned performance with the joy of just starting out.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) October 3, 2016