Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.
Chris and Glenn wrote two new Squeeze albums in the last four years the first based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called ‘Cradle To Grave’ staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ was a very exciting project followed by the most recent Squeeze album ‘The Knowledge’ released to rave reviews in 2017.
Over the course of a 14 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson.
Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film ‘Still Crazy’, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. The film soundtrack was also nominated for a Grammy. He also has written with Jools Holland, Paul Carrack and Elton John.
Chris hosts songwriter workshops and has done so for over 26 years. In 2014 he formed a partnership with ‘The Buddy Holly Foundation’ to run a week of writing at Pennard House Glastonbury. Other writing events include Guardian Master Classes held in London and smaller events held close to his home in East Sussex.
‘Chris To The Mill’ a box set of his 3 studio albums came out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. His forth studio solo album followed shortly after called ‘Fancy Pants’ a play with music, written with Boo Hewerdine.
As if that is not enough, Chris had a book released last August by Orion Books, an autobiography called ‘Some Fantastic Place’, he toured the book in early 2018 around all the good bookshops and small theatres of England. Edinburgh Festival awaits this summer for a run of shows with Boo Hewerdine to support the release of the paperback version of his book. This will be mostly stand up, with a little sit down in the middle.
Squeeze remains Chris’s main focus in 2018, with a collection of summer festival dates.