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Music Storytellers - BILLY SQUIER
Music Storytellers - BILLY SQUIER Photo

ALBUMS:
1980 The Tale of the Tape
1981 Don't Say No
1982 Emotions in Motion
1984 Signs of Life
1986 Enough Is Enough
1989 Hear & Now
1991 Creatures of Habit
1993 Tell the Truth
1998 Happy Blue
 
Compilation albums
·         A Rock and Roll Christmas (Various Artists Compilation) (1994)
·         16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier (1995)
·         Reach for the Sky: The Anthology (1996) (PolyGram)
·         Classic Masters (2002)
·         Absolute Hits (2005)
Live albums
·         King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Billy Squier (1996)
·         Live In The Dark(DVD)

Billy Squier - 

Many point to Billy Squier as early-'80s rock personified -- an era when he and many of his peers tempered hard rock with pop melodicism -- and by adding just the right amount of posing and posturing for the newly constructed MTV set, he scored a string of arena rock anthems and power ballads. But Squier did not enjoy overnight success as it took many years and several failed bands before he hit paydirt as a solo artist. Born on May 12, 1950, in Wellesley Hills, MA, Squier began playing piano and guitar at an early age, but didn't become serious with music until discovering Eric Clapton (via the renowned British guitarist's stints with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Cream) in the late '60s and deciding to pursue music full-time. After playing in several local bands in the Boston area, Squier spent the early '70s relocating back and forth between Boston and New York City, during which time he contributed to a troupe that combined music with poetry (called Magic Terry & the Universe), attended the Berklee College of Music, and played in a pair of rock groups (N.Y.C.'s Kicks, which included future New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Boston's the Sidewinders).
 
But it wasn't until Squier's next band, Piper, that the singer/guitarist fronted a group that inked a recording contract, issuing a pair of underappreciated albums for A&M (1976's self-titled debut and 1977's Can't Wait), before splitting up. Undeterred, Squier soldiered on as a solo act, issuing his solo debut, Tale of the Tape, in 1980, which spawned a moderate rock radio hit with "You Should Be High Love," setting the stage perfectly for his big commercial breakthrough. Looking to the bombastic rock of early Led Zeppelin for inspiration, Squier's sophomore release, Don't Say No, became a monster hit on the strength of the Zep carbon copy "The Stroke," as well as such other rock radio staples as "In the Dark," "My Kinda Lover," and "Lonely Is the Night," all of which enjoyed heavy rotation on the newly founded MTV, helping Squier expand his audience even further.
 
Squier's hit parade continued with 1982's Emotions in Motion, another big release that spawned an additional monster radio/MTV hit with "Everybody Wants You," as Squier supported the album with a tour of U.S. arenas (with an up-and-coming Def Leppard opening). But on his next release, the 1984 Jim Steinman-produced Signs of LifeSquier hit a snag in his career. Although the album was another size-able U.S. hit, the video for the album's single, "Rock Me Tonite," alienated some of Squier's hardcore rock following, as the singer was filmed flamboyantly prancing around his apartment in time to the music (and in a moment of great delight, ripping off his shirt) -- resulting in the clip often being considered one of the most inadvertently hilarious videos of all time.
 
Squier continued to issue albums throughout the '80s (including such titles as 1986's Enough Is Enough and 1989's Hear & Now), but it wasn't enough to prevent his audience from moving on to such younger, similarly styled acts as Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, as the hits eventually dried up. Squier continued to release albums in the '90s (1991's Creatures of Habit, 1993's Tell the Truth, and 1998's Happy Blue), but the hard rock audience, who became more interested in such unpretentious rockers as Nirvana, had deemed the majority of '80s rockers passé.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/billy-squier-mn0000084814
| Closed on 02/13/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Awesome)
18%b. 7-9 (He Rocks)
64%c. 5-6 (He's ok)
9%d. 1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)
9%e. HE SUCKED!

  
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#1 | 585 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
When I was younger, I would of given him a "10" as my vote.  Used to like his music a lot back in the early 80's!


In the Dark and Emotion in Motion were great albums when I was a little punk ass bitch.

The Stroke - In the Dark
In The Dark - In the Dark
My Kind of Lover - In the Dark
Lonely is the Night - In the Dark
Everybody Wants You - Emotion in Motion
Emotions in Motion - Emotion in Motion
It Keeps You Rockin - Emotion in Motion

yes
5-6 (He's ok)  
#2 | 585 days ago

All that came to mind was Billy Idol....meh
5-6 (He's ok)  
#3 | 585 days ago
Nick__ (+)

JenX63 wrote:
All that came to mind was Billy Idol....meh
He's next! laugh
5-6 (He's ok)  
#4 | 585 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
He's next! laugh
I don't even understand how I go from Squier to Idol (smh) makes no sense, but there it is.
5-6 (He's ok)  
#5 | 585 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
I don't even understand how I go from Squier to Idol (smh) makes no sense, but there it is.
in a sports radio call-in i did, i went on and on about bruce hornsby instead of rogers hornsby and no one stopped me.

i wouldn't voluntarily put billy squier on, but when he comes up on the ipod or the radio, i'll stay with it
5-6 (He's ok)  
#6 | 585 days ago
Nick__ (+)

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
in a sports radio call-in i did, i went on and on about bruce hornsby instead of rogers hornsby and no one stopped me.

i wouldn't voluntarily put billy squier on, but when he comes up on the ipod or the radio, i'll stay with it
Put your left foot out keep it all in place...
Work your way right into my face
First you try to bed me you make my backbone slide
But when you found you bled me, skip on by... keep on
stroke me, stroke me
Give me the business all night long
Stroke me, stroke me (stroke)
Stroke me, stroke me
Youre so together boy...
Stroke me, stroke me
Say youre a winner but man youre just a sinner now

laugh
5-6 (He's ok)  
#7 | 585 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
All that came to mind was Billy Idol....meh
I was pretty certain it said Billy Squirrel.
#8 | 585 days ago
Nick__ (+)

kobe_lova wrote:
I was pretty certain it said Billy Squirrel.
5-6 (He's ok)  
#9 | 583 days ago

I liked him...I think I still have his "Don't Say No" cassette tape....
7-9 (He Rocks)  

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