South London’s enduring purveyors of pure pop magic, Squeeze, return to the region next week, touring in support of their first album of new songs in 17 years.
The band are due to release their the LP Cradle To The Grave next week.
Released on the Virgin EMI label, the album is Squeeze’s 14th and features the first collection of new songs from Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook since 1998.
Songs from the album will feature in Danny Baker’s sitcom of the same name starring Peter Kay.
The single Happy Days is now available to anyone who pre-orders the album.
The band features Tilbrook on vocals and lead guitars, Difford on vocals and acoustic guitar, Simon Hanson on drums, Stephen Large on keyboards with Lucy Shaw and John Bentley on bass.
Guest musicians include Melvin Duffy on pedal steel, Dennis Greaves on guitar and Mark Feltham on harmonica.
Baker’s sitcom is set on a council estate in the 1970s and is based on the life of writer and broadcaster.
NME writer turned TV presenter and DJ, Baker was brought up in Deptford, the old stomping ground of the band, and Squeeze were asked to become involved at an early stage.
Tilbrook said: “When I read the book, I got in contact with Danny and said that I thought we could do something together with his book.
“Danny was already talking with co-writer Jeff Pope about a TV series and the mood and sentiment of Cradle were completely in sync.
“Danny and Jeff both loved it and everything else followed on from there.”
Squeeze’s current tour is their first as band for three years. With a back catalogue stretching across four decades, past hits include Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted.
Squeeze play the Milton Keynes Theatre on Tuesday, September 29. Support is by John Cooper Clarke.
Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost from £37.40 to £52.40, before fees.