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Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers

March 28 • Southgate House

By Brian Baker · March 25th, 2009 · Sound Advice
If Glenn Tilbrook had never done another thing in his career outside of his work with Squeeze, his place in music history would be secure. For more than two decades, Tilbrook and songwriting partner Chris Difford charted a course that included angular Punk, jangly New Wave, blueeyed Soul and sparkling Indie Pop, all of it defined by quirky arrangements, clever wordplay and a consistent foundation of engaging songcraft that was instantly identifiable as Squeeze. Even Difford and Tilbrook’s 1984 busman’s holiday as a duo bore the unmistakable mark of their long history together.

The real question after Squeeze’s second implosion in 1999 was if Tilbrook could replicate his band magic in a solo context.

The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, his 2001 debut solo album — perhaps titled to slyly address that very question — was a resounding affirmative, simultaneously expanding the Squeeze sound while beautifully making it his own (utilizing co-writes with Ron Sexsmith and Aimee Mann).

By his 2004 sophomore solo album, Transatlantic Ping Pong, Tilbrook had managed the nearly impossible feat of reinventing the Squeeze sound in his own image, referencing it as a distinct part of his past while reconfiguring it to fit his future. Two years ago, Tilbrook and Difford reunited for some Squeeze touring, and Tilbrook released a pair of remastered demo albums. Last year he previewed songs from the just-released Pandemonium Ensues, featuring his new band, The Fluffers.

And while you’re basking in the glow of Tilbrook on his own, remember that he and Difford are teaming up later this year to write and record a new Squeeze album, continuing one of the greatest musical stock splits in Rock history.

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