Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)

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238 – Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From A Shell) (1980)
Written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Produced by John Wood and Squeeze
Label – A & M

The reminiscence of working class families on holiday in chalets and caravans around the popular coastal towns of England are brought to life on this stunning single. The pun is in the title, a double entendre comparing eating seafood and sexual intercourse is clever enough, but Difford paints such a literal picture of the familiar scenes, it’s hard not to sit and let your own memories flood back to you. Glenn Tilbrook adds his perfect pop slant, and his guitar solo is unusual in that it changes from complexity to a single note. Jools Holland’s honky tonk piano is just the icing on the cake of a perfect power pop song.

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6 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)

  1. I had a roommate that drove me nuts with the song ‘Cool for cats” but these guys had some other great, great tunes.

    • Agreed, Difford and Tillbrook are gifted writers, and sadly “Cool For Cats” is the one they’re best known for. For me it’s good, but nowhere near as good as other stuff they released.

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