Squeeze – Is That Love —-Powerpop Friday

I read about Squeeze in Rolling Stone magazine when this album came out. They were being compared to the Beatles and I thought they were going to hit big. They did have a top ten hit off of this album…Tempted.

Is This Love is a very good power pop song that was on the band’s fourth album, East Side Story. It was written by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. It was written about Difford’s then-recent marriage.

Glen Tilbrook was influenced by The Beatles on this song. He also said the ending was Elvis Costello’s idea. Roger Bechirian and Elvis Costello produced this song and also the album.

Is That Love peaked at #35 in the UK…it was also #1 in Israel in 1981. The album peaked at #44 in the Billboard Album Chart,

Chris Difford:  “This was written around the time I got married. I remember being in the bathroom and seeing Cindy’s wedding ring next to the soap, which inspired me to write the lyric. I don’t think it was particularly about our marriage, but it started off a sequence of ideas in my head.”

Is That Love?

You’ve left my ring by the soap
Now is that love?
You cleaned me out, you could say broke
Now is that love?
The better, better, better it gets
The more these girls forget
That that is love

You won’t get dressed, you walk about
Now is that, is that
A teasing glance has pushed me out
Now is that, is that
The tougher, tougher, tougher it gets
The more my lips frequent
Now that is love

Beat me up with your letters, your walk out notes
Funny how you still find me right here at home
Legs up with a book and a drink
Now is that love that’s making you think

You’ve called my bluff, I’m not so hot
Now is that love?
My assets froze while yours have dropped
Now is that, is that
It’s the cupid, cupid, cupid disguise
That more-or-less survived
Now that is love

Beat me up with your letters, your walk out notes
Funny how you still find me right here at home
Legs up with a book and a drink
Now is that love that’s making you think

You’ve made my bed, the finger points
Now is that, is that love
The more you, more you, more you cool down
The easier love is found
Now that is love

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

10 thoughts on “Squeeze – Is That Love —-Powerpop Friday”

    1. When I first heard them I did also…I guess in the era of New Wave it just didn’t fly in America as well. That band had a great knack at melodies.

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