Chris Difford has been writing lyrics for over twenty-five years most notably with Squeeze. After 13 albums and many top 20 hits, 29 American tours, 30 UK tours and various trips around the globe, Chris decided to stop the merry-go-round and test the waters. His debut solo album, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI DidnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Get Where I AmÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢, was released in November 2003, putting him on the map as a solo performer to much critical acclaim.
Songs like Tempted, Up the Junction, Cool for Cats and Black Coffee in Bed still find steady airplay on UK and US radio. A few years ago Squeeze released Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Big SqueezeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, a compilation of singles and B-sides that went straight into the UK chart at number 8, proving the timeless appeal of their music. In July 2006 Universal are re-releasing the back catalogue, re-packaged and re-mastered with extra tracks provided from the vaults. It will be getting major press and promotion.
During time away from Squeeze, Chris has written with Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry and many others.
Four years ago Chris scripted the lyrics for the film Ã¢â‚¬ËœStill CrazyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, winning him an Ivor Novello Award, a proud moment for the mantelpiece. The film documented the insane life of a rock band in the 70Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. Something he knew little about! The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in America.
His latest album South East Side Story was recorded live at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, and captures his storyteller approach to playing live. Having been on tour during 2005, he has grown ever more comfortable to something that he used to find very nerve racking. A new solo album will be available in March 2007.