Watch Squeeze’s LIVE session - including Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and more

Virgin Radio

29 Nov 2023, 11:54

Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze play live at Virgin Radio.

Squeeze performed some beloved tracks on the Stool of Rock in a brilliant session for Virgin Radio.

Ahead of tickets going on sale for their 50th anniversary 2024 UK tour, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford delivered a cracking set on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch.

Squeeze will play a 27-date tour next year, starting in October before concluding at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday 11th November. The show will see them performing a career-spanning set of hits, fan favourites and rare gems from their 50-year back catalogue. “Our audiences are very passionate about music and that's just so much joy. It brings joy," they said.

While at Virgin Radio today (29th November), the duo played Cool For Cats, the second single from their 1979 album of the same name. This song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.

When our own Chris enthused about Glenn’s guitar work, the musician simply said: “I just like playing the guitar!” 

His bandmate was also impressed, saying: “That was beautiful.”

During their time at the top of the tower, Chris and Glenn played Up The Junction, which was the third single released from their second album, Cool for Cats. This song also reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

“I just looked around in the middle of that, and the view over South London's incredible,” Squeeze’s Chris said, after playing it. “I thought, ‘That song was written down there.’”

On the subject of songwriting, Chris added: “I think a lot of the best subject-matters and lyrics come from somewhere else. You don't really think about them, they kind of come from the subconscious. Tapping into that is really difficult.

"Sometimes it can take weeks to tap into that, just by sitting around, and sometimes just sitting looking out the window. It doesn't look like you're doing much, but you are absorbing something. And then it comes.” 

The third and final song that the band played while at Virgin Radio was Tempted, which was lifted from their fourth album, East Side Story, which was released in 1981. 

Chris wrote the lyrics to Tempted while the band were in a taxi to Heathrow Airport. “They began life on the back of a packet of 20 Senior Service. That was quite a big packet,” he said.

Tickets for Squeeze’s 50th Anniversary UK tour in October and November 2024 are available this Friday 1st December at 10am via

For more great interviews listen to  The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.