SQUEEZE – LIVE AT ULSTER HALL 4.9.2016

80s Pop Legends Glenn and Chris popped into Belfast last Sunday to perform at Ulster Hall.

Not that Glenn and Chris. Obviously, Glenn Hoddle was in Trnava commentating on the England match for ITV.

No, this Glenn and Chris is Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze, one of those bands who you know more songs than you realise.

They entered the stage unremarkably, Tilbrook strolling onstage playing a bluesy guitar solo before launching into Hourglass, with the saxophone bits being replaced by organs.

Squeeze are back after a 17 year absence, returning in 2015 with a new album, Cradle To The Grave. The title track, was the theme tune to the BBC 1 Sitcom of the (almost) same name.

As a side note, if you haven’t seen Cradle To Grave, you really should. It’s based on Danny Baker’s autobiography. If Danny Baker is involved in something, you know it’s going to be brilliant.

That song went down well with the audience, as did the song that followed it, a cover of Harper Valley PTA.

After Tilbrook hogging the microphone, it was Chris Difford’s turn in the spotlight, singing their signature song which he sang lead vocals on, Cool For Cats.

During the performance, the LED screen on the stage had visuals to sync up with the lyrics, including a newspaper clipping of a 14 year old Glenn Tilbrook being suspended from school for having long hair.

A lot of the songs had slight changes to them, compared with the recorded version.

Tempted began with Glenn Tilbrook performing solo at a piano, with the audience clapping along where there should have been a drum beat before performing the song as it is known.

Clapping seemed to be a theme throughout the show, and dancing. A lot of clapping along and dancing.

Unsurprisingly, all the big hits were performed – Is That Love?, Pulling Mussels From A Shell, Labelled With Love, Another Nail In My Heart and Up The Junction.

For the encore, they performed Black Coffee In Bed, which is what a lot of the audience were looking forward to by this point, literally, and then finished where it all began, by performing Take Me I’m Yours, their first hit single.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOUR FOUR TWO – MAY 1997

In this segment, we look at Four Four Two, from May 1997, which pulled off a bit of a scoop by getting Alex Fergsuon (Not yet Sir Alex) and Kenny Dalglish on their front cover as Manchester United and Newcastle United were challenging for the title, alongside Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Premier League was nearing the end of it’s fifth season, and Ferguson and Dalglish (with Blackburn Rovers) had won the previous four, with Fergie leading 3-1

The Spine Line read “Alex, Matt, Tom, Johnny, Matt, Bill, Bill, George” which I guess might be some reference to Scottish managers in English football, considering Ferguson and Dalglish are on the cover with Matt being Busby, Bill being Shankly and George being Graham.

Recently sacked BBC Five Live presenter Danny Baker gets a page dedicated to him in support.

In the world of advertising, Ben Thatcher and Chris Perry of Wimbledon are advertising Valsport’s multicoloured range of boots.

To appreciate the quality of Valsport, you need to wear them apparantly.

World Cups of the future take up space in the magazine, with two pages bizarrely dedicated to wether England should make a joint bid with Germany to host the 2006 World Cup.

England had just successfully hosted Euro 96 and wanted to exploit this by bidding to host the 2006 World Cup, the next tournament (apart from Euro 2004, but having hosted Euro 96, it is unlikely it would be favourably looked at) that was available to bid for.

Germany had long stated their desire to host World Cup 2006. Viewers of ESPN Classic will note that Premier League grounds had hoardings with “England 2006” written on them.

When it came to the vote in the summer of 2000, it was South Africa, not England, who were Germany’s main rival as England were eliminated in the first round of voting.

Germany edged out South Africa, who eventually won the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

A feature titled “The Odd Couple” looks at the 2002 World Cup to be held in South Korea and Japan, the first time ever the World Cup would be co-hosted.

Despite the much feared tensions between the two host nations, the only confrontation of the 2002 World Cup would be between Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland training camp.