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  •  Love Squeeze! (6+ / 0-)

    Although their hits in the US I didn't like that much (Tempted, Black Coffee in Bed were turgid and not fun, and Pulling Mussels from the Shell irritated me musically). So I passed up an opportunity to see them live in the early 80s. Fool.

    Went to London shortly afterward and was introduced to their wonderful catalog of quirky English songs that never made it to the radio in the States.

    Of course Cool for Cats! Wonderful! Who the hell's The Sweeny? Gotta live in England to know that.

    Filled with rhyming slang and other For Brits Only language and cultural references. In the pre-interwebs days it took a lot of learning to understand what was really going on behind the catchy tunes and clever stories. Cause of course their songs are all great stories.

    I couldn't possibly pick a favorite, but F-Hole comes close.

    •  They were one of my first concerts (0+ / 0-)

      I saw them in the mid 80s in Hartford.

      I had their Singles compilation on cassette and I used to play it nonstop in high school....

      A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

      by No Exit on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:16:49 PM PST

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    •  The Sweeneys are the cops (0+ / 0-)

      It's cockney slang from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber which rhymes with Flying Squad, which is an investigative unit of Scotland Yard.
      "The Sweeneys doing ninety, 'cuz they got no where to go"

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:03:53 PM PST

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