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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, Rovi
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Hey GOMMER PYLE ITS AWSOME
Gunner usmc billy squier is a alsome rock singer
His high pitched whiney sound and predictable and mediocre guitar licks made him one of the more annoying 80's MTV poseurs.
I love Billies guitarstye. He just had that naked Telecaster sound. no frills no tricks. It was great. Whadda Ya Want From Me on Dont Say No. My fav. It just ROCKS!
I'm surprised that no one has posted a rumor about Billy squire being gay which I would not believe
Awesome billy
If you don't Love Billy Squire, you are deaf<><
A very underrated performer, Billy has a lot of energy
saw Billy at the TEXAS JAM in the 80's and he ROCKED !!! I sure miss the old TEXAS JAMS !!!
Billy, I shook hands with you after one of your concerts in Columbus, Ohio and thanked you for all your hard work and great music.
Ok, I shook your hand and said, Thank-you. And you said, You're welcome. But it's kind of the same thing.
I am a loyal fan and always will be... You will always be on my Pandora.<><
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Nasty song from a dirty white boy with big time skills! This song is a classic and nasty sweet! Long may you rock Billy! Thanks for all the memories.
This jam rocks! So does Billy. Great song from a great time in music long gone.
HELL YEA BILLY ALWAYS ROCKSSSSSSSS S S S S S S S S S
F all the haters Billy Rocks!
amdj696
My first concert,I was only a baby 14yrs....And one of the best & most memorable nights of my life!
morspam4me
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I'm glad he came out!
sithman_9003 1
I heard he sold out the tender trap with a pink shirt!!!!
pzambrano0
Billy's got a voice!!!
Tpushee u r a dip stick prolly think boy george id better than both, right
Get over it fishboy any lyrics r better than none, billy u rock
1st album the best met him a year ago in Central Park zoo him and his wife volunteer time to help so cool enjoying life after a great album like don't say no
jeremy.benso n 5
Good song to ice skate to
thafish86
who posts the lyrics on here cause its hardly ever right when i look!! getting frustrated grr
jalepard
I think his first album is the best, Don't Say No'. 'Too Daze Gone' is one rockin' tune.
kvons1
Billy Squire---goo d old Wellesley / Quincy , Ma. boy. Well remember when he was the rave at the time.
Like the music from 60's-80's better the a lot of the music from now!
Who wrote this review? Billy Squire filled arenas because he shook his hips and was a good poser??? I've never seen a Billy Squire video..... Give me a break! He wrote great music and had wide appeal. Why dig at him with the suggestion that he got to where he got by being a bigger poser than his peers. Can't buy a clue can ya?
gothicrose67
how could anyone compare Billy Squire and AC/DC...just saying...
Billy squier is good but he has got nothing on AC/DC
i saw KISS and MOLTEY CRUE IN CONCERT BABY! JIFFY LUBE LAVE JULY 20TH 2012. MOTHER F**KING AWSOM, TO AMZING!
Man this guy's still got it! I think I saw him in 2008 (maybe 2009? Lol). I was standing right in front... it was magical...
conlenmgr
I always hought the words were Stroke man stroke man
UPDATE: I SAW HIM AT BB KINGS NY CITY SOLO, 2010 SINGING WITH JUST HIS GUITAR, NO BAND AND HE STILL BROUGHT BACK THE MEMORIES OF HIS GREATNESS. HE TOLD ME HE STILL TOURS AT SMALL VENUES. GOT TO SHAKE HIS HAND AND GET AUTOGRAPH!!
wow! 42 years old and always thought this was a led zep song.
parmamamma20 0 0 2 is billy squier's biggest fan

titan7077vet
What in the h e l l would we do without. great Music!?
I saw him open for Queen also; what a fantastic show!!! So glad that I got to see one of the greatest singers of all time live before he passed; RIP Freddy....
did a nice job opening for Queen on their US Hot Space tour! Thier first ond ONLY time they had an opening act!
stakerquaker
Billy definitely owned the early 80's, I grew up with his music. Especially loved Rock Me Tonight And All Night Long my junior and senior year in high school. God damn, I miss the music of that Era, you can't even listen to the Crap on the radio now. What the F-CK happened? Radio is DEAD!!!!!!!
He has a voice that is all his own. I heard a song that I have never heard before on the radio, and just by his voice I knew it was Billy. He is definitly underrated.. . He's VERY good.
pattisieker
I LOVE Billy!!!! I first became a fan in 1981 when i saw him on a late night TV show. I had such a crush, thought I'd grow up & marry him some day... One of my favorite songs is 'She's a Runner' :-) He still looks so hot!!!
STROKE ME!!!!!
fantasycarch i e f
wife says so of the carcheif
fantasycarch i e f
He's hot and so is his music
ALWAYS LIKED HIS MUSIC
Zep carbon copy The Stroke... Huh?
Fit right in with the 80s music trend.
.....one of the all time greats!!
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