Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook plays Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Oli Wilson.
“The first bit of advice any writer will give to an aspiring writer,” says English singer-songwriter-guitarist Glenn Tilbrook, who plays Seattle’s Tractor Tavern Wednesday, “is to write about what you know… and keep doing it.”
In their New Wave-era band Squeeze, Tilbrook and his writing partner, Chris Difford, embraced this philosophy.
Difford was the astute wordsmith, Tilbrook the honey-voiced tunesmith, and together they spun working-class vignettes — about life and love in the neighborhood pubs and basement apartments of their native South East London — into power-pop perfection.
From 1979 to 1981, Squeeze issued a top-tier trilogy of LPs — “Cool For Cats,” “Argybargy” and “East Side Story” — fully deserving of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney comparisons they elicited.