John Murray finds the Squeeze front man in mischievous mood
Fresh from his December tour that took him to Edinburgh and Kinross Glenn Tilbrook now has a solo album ready for release which he previewed at the shows. Happy Ending (Quixotic), has 12 new songs with every bit of character of his days fronting Squeeze. Not that his band are inactive as Chris Difford, his Squeeze partner do plan a new album before the end of the year. Meantime he writes or collaborates on all of the new album with some influences coming through like the harmonies and slide of George Harrison on ‘Hello There’ and ‘Bongo Bill’ could have been a John Lennon ditty from the White Album (remember Bungalow Bill?). Lots of characteristic lyrical magic here too with ‘Fruit Cake’ standing out but some great stories too about the plans for Peter, the retro Rupert and amusing Kev And Dave. Finishing with a crazy ‘end of the pier’ sing-along with the whole crew singing ‘I’ll buy you an ice cream the size of your head’ it shows he hasn’t lost his sense of humour either. Opening with two catchy songs Ron Pope releases his new album next week to coincide with some UK shows. Having already sold 1.5 million singles his first here called ‘Lick My Wounds’ has memorable qualities. Recorded in New York, Calling Off The Dogs (Brooklyn Basement), features some fascinating songs all written or co-written by Ron. ‘Silver Spoon’ for one builds in production and finishes with a flourishing choir to stress his point. His only Scottish date is next week, January 31, at Glasgow Oran Mor. Lovers of electronic music will enjoy a recent compilation of the French composers who were pioneers in what became club and disco forms and progressive rock in the other.