My Top 1000 Songs #542: Goodbye Girl

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

Squeeze update "Norwegian Wood" for the new wave/power pop era on 1979's (underrated?) Cool For Cats LP. "Goodbye Girl" gives a fleeting, room-spinning one night stand a colorful percussion backdrop, the distinctive Tilbrook/Difford vocal duet, and some odd Britishisms I still can't quite figure out (is "sunlight on the lino" just talking about a linoleum floor? or should I know what a "lino" is?).

My discovery of Squeeze took place over a single weekend college visit back in high school (as described in detail in my book). First we played East Side Story and I thought, wow, what an amazing album, can't believe I've never heard it... and then we played the greatest hits album, and with that opening percussion of "Goodbye Girl" I knew I loved this band.

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