Ten Favorite Rock General Questions: Is That Love? (#5)
By Four Walls
March 29, 2017 8:27am CST
From the who/what/why questions of country music I move on to other questions in rock and roll. Here's the next song on my list of favorite rock songs that have a question for a title (that doesn't involve who, what, or why -- I did those earlier). #5: Is That Love - Squeeze No, not the Bob Marley song. For the record, his song was "Is This Love." And, no, this song isn't asking if that song was love. From their great, great, great 1981 album East Side Story, this song is pure pop for now, then, and whenever people (with apologies to Nick Lowe for stealing an album title). Elvis Costello co-produced the album, and he plays the piano on the closing lines. And, oh, what an album it is, including Squeeze's rather credible stab at country music ("Labelled With Love," which sounds far more country than anything you'll hear on commercial country radio today!) and one of my all-time favorite songs (not just by Squeeze, mind you), "Tempted." This was a hit in England, but Squeeze just never got above cult status in the US. I just can't figure that out. But I think the world of their music. And that is love. Is That Love? Written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook Recorded by Squeeze From East Side Story, 1981 Honestly, the line is, "My assets froze while yours have dropped." I know what it sounds like he's saying, but it's "assets."
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29 Mar 17
Glad you liked it. Squeeze is a happy (generally), upbeat band with that lovely quirky British sense of humor. For instance, when those "Stars on 45" singles were popular (that morphed a verse from a lot of different popular songs into one with a constant beat), they did their own...using their songs. Funnier, they named it "Squabs on Forty Fab."