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Watch: Squeeze performs “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” on Fallon

on July 14, 2010, 12:00pm

At this point, our affection for the musical selection on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is no secret, and last night definitely won’t make us any less inclined to stay up late to sit through Jimmy boy’s jokes.

New wave kings Squeeze took a moment before their opening gig at Radio City Music Hall to hit up NBC’s studios and power through a spirited rendition of  “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”. The track comes from the bands 1980 classic album, Argybargy, but the Glenn Tilbrook-penned jam has every reason to sound fresher than ever.

The band is releasing a greatest hit’s compilation where their middle-aged bodies essentially cover songs that they wrote three decades ago. The results are being released as a “new” Squeeze album called Spot The Difference. The album drops on August 3rd (via Anchor and Hope), and if you think that re-recording old songs note-for-note is a little odd, you’re not alone.

“In my heart of hearts I’d never dreamt of going back and [re-recording],” Tilbrook told Pollstar on July 9th, “However, Universal, which controls the catalog, does not want to play ball with us at all about giving us any rights to re-release or deal with our own back catalog in any way, shape or form. “It’s very sad for us, but there are a few tracks where I think we’ve done better. What we’ve done is we recreated the original sound but in some ways better than it was. But there were other tracks – ‘Is That Love,’ ‘Another Nail,’ ‘Pulling Mussels…’ that sound identical. What was an extremely difficult record actually becomes, at the end of it, a joy. I’m really proud of it.”

Check out the band playing “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” on Fallon below, and then check them out on the road at one of their upcoming North American shows. Tickets are available via

Squeeze 2010 Tour Dates:
07/14 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion *
07/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center *
07/17  – Guilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Pavillion *
07/18 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theater *
07/20 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
07/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre ^
07/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Zoo Amphitheatre ^
07/24 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up ^
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater ^
07/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Crown Theater ^
07/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater ^
07/30 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery ^
07/31 – Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre ^
08/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^
08/03 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox ^
08/05 – Toronto, ON @ Bandshell Park
08/07 – Niagra Falls, NY @ Seneca Falls Casino
08/08 – Hamilton, ON @ Festival of Friends – Gage Park

* = w/ Cheap Trick
^ = w/ The English Beat

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