“Take Me I'm Yours” - Squeeze - 1978
Squeeze were formed by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, the two main songwriters and mainstays in the band over the years. The band took their name somewhat flippantly after the disowned 1973 Velvet Underground album which didn't feature any original band members.
Difford and Tilbrook recruited Paul Gunn on drums and Jools Holland on keyboards to form Squeeze. Holland has since branched out very successfully with his own Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and a hit BBC TV live music show ‘Later With Jools Holland’.
“Take Me I'm Yours” was their debut single released in February 1978. It had what was to become a Squeeze trademark - unusual lyrics and distinctive vocals. Along with its catchy rhythm and synthesizer based arrangement, “Take Me I’m Yours” certainly stood out from the other songs around then. The song reached number 19 in the UK charts and paved the way for many more Squeeze hits over the years.
In an interesting connection to The Police above, the opening verse lyrics for “Take Me I’m Yours” had a desert theme. Difford attributed this to a visit to his manager Miles Copeland’s house at the time he was writing the song. Copeland had been schooled in Egypt while his mother worked there and the house had many reminders of their time there on display. The success of this Squeeze hit is said to have helped Copeland secure a record deal for The Police, who also had Copeland as their manager.