Squeeze Cover Band at Random Row

February 10th, 2012 · 3 Comments · By

A fine roster of Charlottesville musicians — Dave Gibson, Adam Brock, Bryan Hoffa, Thomas Dean, and Kris Hough — have been talking for a long time about forming a Squeeze tribute band, and they’ve finally gone and done it.  Squeeze, you may recall, were the UK punk / mod / new wave band of the late-70’s and early-80’s; they had some big hits at the time, but these days are largely remembered only by record nerds and enthusiasts of that era. (I’m going to out myself as a dork here and confess that I can only name two songs by Squeeze, and I’m not entirely sure one of them isn’t actually a song by the Jam…)

Tribute bands can often be terrible, of course — I’ve recently decided that Nailgun will have a policy of not listing touring, professional tribute bands on our calendar (life is too short!) — but informal, local one-off tributes can sometimes be really fun; for example, the Mock Stars Ball Cville Halloween tradition at the Southern, or the Weezer cover band last year (which also featured Dave Gibson) or the Bruce Springsteen cover band (fronted by Adam Brock) that played at the same time as the actual Bruce Springsteen’s show in Charlottesville.  Plus, I also really like the idea of a tribute to a band that isn’t necessarily the best-known or most famous; but is a personal favorite of all of the musicians participating. I’d argue that’s measurably more respectable — and, I’m predicting, far more infectiously fun — than the lowest-common-denominator, crowd-pleasing antics of some other 80’s Tribute acts in town that I could name…

The band plays at 9pm, and afterwards we’ll all hang out and play records and have a dance party. Fittingly, I think the idea is to play the sort of 80’s New Wave / College Radio hits that you would never hear at an actual 80’s night; I’m not totally sure who else is DJ-ing, but I’m bringing records by Wire, Sparks, the Jesus & Mary Chain, early MBV, the Cocteau Twins, etc.  It’s also the first big music event at Random Row Books in a while, so I’m looking forward to hanging out there, as always. I think they’re asking for a $5 cover.

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  • 1 Dave // Feb 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks James! It’s gonna be lots of fun! I think the DJ thing is going to be pretty informal with most of the band having a go and of course a few special guests such as yourself. Really anybody is encouraged to bring any cool new wave type stuff to spin. Ryan from Random Row is really cool for letting us use the space for this show. Oh, and of course, snacks, Valentine’s Day candy, and soda will be provided. Just think of it as the 1981 high school formal you never got to attend. Unless you actually did attend one…. See you tonight!

  • 2 Dave // Feb 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, also we’ll probably start playing around 10:00 with some DJing before and after the show.

  • 3 James // Feb 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    So, I seriously had no idea that Squeeze were the band who did “Tempted.” So, I guess I actually know *three* songs by Squeeze (now that I’ve confirmed that “Cool for Cats” is not, in fact, by The Jam.)

    I haven’t heard that song in YEARS, but somehow it popped into my head while I was in the shower the other day and I was thinking about how much I didn’t like it and wondering who the heck wrote it. I am astonished and alarmed to learn that it’s by Squeeze, and that Elvis Costello produced and sings backup vox on it!

    The band’s version of it last night was really fun, though, as was the whole show. Every Squeeze fan in Charlottesville must have been there, plus a few extra.