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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 Life, Squier hit a snag in his career. Although the album was another sizeable 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. . ~ Greg Prato
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Track List: Emotions In Motion

Disc 1

1. Everybody Wants You

2. Emotions In Motion

3. Learn How To Live

4. In Your Eyes

5. Keep Me Satisfied

6. It Keeps You Rockin'

7. One Good Woman

8. She's A Runner

9. Catch 22

10. Listen To The Heartbeat

Disc 2

1. All Night Long

2. Rock Me Tonite

3. Eye On You

4. Take A Look Behind Ya

5. Reach For The Sky

6. (Another) 1984

7. Fall For Love

8. Can't Get Next To You

9. Hand Me Downs

10. Sweet Release

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Track List: The Best Of Billy Squier

1. Rock Me Tonite

2. In The Dark

3. My Kinda Lover

4. Don't Say You Love Me

5. The Stroke

6. Everybody Wants You

7. Emotions In Motion

8. Eye On You

9. She's A Runner

10. All Night Long

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Track List: Absolute Hits

1. The Stroke

2. In The Dark

3. My Kinda Lover

4. She's A Runner

5. Emotions In Motion

6. Everybody Wants You

7. Rock Me Tonite

8. All Night Long

9. Eye On You

10. Love Is The Hero

11. Don't Say You Love Me

12. She Goes Down

13. Everybody Wants You (Live)

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Track List: Don't Say No

1. In The Dark

2. The Stroke

3. My Kinda Lover

4. You Know What I Like

5. Too Daze Gone

6. Lonely Is The Night

7. Whadda You Want From Me

8. Nobody Knows

9. I Need You

10. Don't Say No

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Billy Squier' is the embodiment of pure rock 'n rolll!!! He just totally rocked it like no other. One of the 80's Kings!!! Loved Billy then; love him still!
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This bio is obviously biased. Nirvana....u n p r e t e n t i o u s ? lmao
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Squire is phenominal. Don't Say No is one of the best albums ever. Every song is great!
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ShariSez
He was fun to watch live too. Saw him open for Queen in the early '80's.
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P.S. The best music to f**k to. Just stroke me All night long!
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Love, love, love the music, the era, and of course all the eye candy of the 80s HAIR Bands and I'm including the 70s in this group. When will guys with long hair ever come back in fashion? Can't stand all the shaved heads, NOT SEXY! I also appreciate watching and hearing That ONE guitar,slung way down low, it just blows me away. What can I say? Todays music ain't got no soul. I love that old time ROCK AND ROLL! !!
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Los bukis
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Love it
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Great album and it kicks a**
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Billy rocks
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you can take me anywhere you want tomimi
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garammasala1 9 6 8
Still a Billy fan!
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Entocable
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Why are ALL of Billy Squire's lyrics wrong on Pandora??
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So many words are misquoted,it ' s irresponsibl e . I believe, Billy owns the rights to all his music. Very cool! Snub 'the music execs'!
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I do not agree that Billy Squier's music is passe' and I do not think that other rock n roll lovers would agree either.
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tzerwear
I have had the opportunity to get to meet Billy on the " Don't say no " tour in Detroit
I must say that he was a gift to music in the 80's and even more gifted songwriter now. God bless Billy
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Billy Squier is more successful now than he has ever been now. just behind the seen in the recording and management sector he was and will alway be a great REAL musician nobody ever had to right his music
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adqueen2005
I really like The Stroke I just listened to it
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Love this music
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jamieb12871
Listening to LONELY IS THE NIGHT...off of Don't Say No... MEMORIES & LIFELONG FRIENDS. .. ...Roller Skating
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wow he is 66???? how time flys
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Don't Say No.......... . . . .
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I loved the early Billy, but by the mid eighties, it was like he became a f*g, overnight! What's with the pink boas and George Michael moves?
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Thank you, Mitchell.... I loved Billy through the good and the bad.......
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This is In the Dark Pandora. Figure it out. Tks!
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I have always be lived in be living that that video was way blown up. Billy rocked my generation and one frigging mistake shouldn't Devine a artist
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svasquez44
Pandora has wrong lyrics posted for this song ..
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Does anybody else hear the Zeppelin influence in this music?
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Yep this guy can really play
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Billy is still great after all these years
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jasonhemming 1 . j h
Billys music is great & timeless for true rock fans. I dare you to not love at least 2 or more of his songs.
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great band. always forget about them
but I love their music
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mclenning
Hard to beat squire! Should've been bigger. Tunes still hold up today !��
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alabastervil l i s 0
blew his career wearing a pink womans shirt in a super cheesy video to a lame song. he got what he paid for. first cd was good tho
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swm4ubabe
Billy Squier is one of THE greatest Hard Rockers of all time!
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Love me some Billy! He had a lapse in judgement with that one video in the 80's. I still love him.
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My kinda lover
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Billy rocked but started acting like a f*g in the late 80s
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