Hear ’80s Rock Hero Billy Squier’s First Rock Tune in 30 Years

Hear '80s Rock Hero Billy Squier's First Rock Song in 30 Years

Welcome again, Billy Squier! The ’80s rock hero has returned to the music scene with “Tougher on a Lady,” a model new monitor that marks his first new rock monitor in 30 years and his first single launch since his 1993 acoustic album Glad Blue.

Squier, finest identified for such ’80s hits as “The Stroke,” “My Kinda Lover” and “All people Desires You,” has returned with an epic, 6-minute foot-stomper impressed by the latest Roe V. Wade reversal in 2022.

The track opens, “Marley’s bought an issue / What you gonna do? / Took away her freedoms / Cannot consider it is true / Black man on the courthouse says we’re coming after you / He forgets what it is like.

In response to Ultimate Classic Rock, the seeds of the track happened throughout a 2012 writing session with C.C. Adcock, with the lyric “Tougher on a girl than it’s on a person” sticking with him from that interval to encourage the brand new track. Squier says that the 2022 ruling supplied him a “Neil Younger second,” the place he felt he wanted to take motion.

Just lately talking with SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk, who premiered the track on his present, “I felt like loads of the sisters on the market aren’t going to be too pleased at the moment. I used to be considering I’d wish to discover a technique to give them some help.”

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At current, Squier revealed that the track is a one-off, although he revealed that he’s open to recording extra music sooner or later. “I’m not making grandiose plans,” he advised Trunk. “However I can inform you I’ve my radar slightly extra tuned for factors of inspiration. I might don’t have any bother in any respect going again in and chopping some extra stuff.”

The singer additionally spoke of probably returning to performing, although tempering expectations with the thought of a residency versus a full-fledged trek. “I’d be mendacity if I stated I’m not desirous about [doing something],” stated the singer.

Who Is Taking part in With Billy Squier?

Billy Squier surrounded himself with some identify expertise whereas placing collectively the brand new track, “Tougher on a Lady.” The monitor consists of Simon Kirke, who’s finest identified for his drumming work with the enduring ’70s bands Free and Unhealthy Firm. Longtime Daryl Corridor & John Oates guitarist and onetime Saturday Night time Reside band chief G.E. Smith added some further guitar components and helped to assemble his band. The track additionally options Mark Clarke, the English bassist who beforehand performed on Squier’s 1981 album Do not Say No in addition to his 1991 launch, Creatures of Behavior. Squier’s recording is rounded out by backing vocalist The Mopsicles. Take heed to the track beneath.

Billy Squier, “Tougher on a Lady”

No matter Occurred to Billy Squier?

Billy Squier first appeared on the scene with the 1980 album, The Story of the Tape, which featured the oft-sampled track “The Big Beat,” however his profession actually took off after the second album Do not Say No in 1981 that featured the title track in addition to the hit singles “The Stroke,” “In the Dark” and “My Kinda Lover.”

The 1982 Feelings in Movement album and 1984’s Indicators of Life album continued Squier’s ascent, however the video for Squier’s Indicators of Life single “Rock Me Tonite” proved to be disastrous for the singer.

The clip featured Squier dancing flamboyantly round an house to the track, and it was included in an MTV special as one of many viewer-voted worst videos of all time.

“The video had a deleterious impact on my profession,” Squier advised the authors of I Need My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution in 2011. “The tour earlier than, I used to be promoting out arenas quicker than Sinatra, and as quickly as that video got here out, I used to be taking part in to half homes.”

Squier went on to launch 5 extra studio albums, together with his final rock report 1993’s Inform the Fact and his final official launch, the 1998 acoustic album, Glad Blue, however not one of the information reached the industrial heights of his early work.

The musician discovered one other inventive avenue within the ’90s, initially writing a screenplay entitled Run to Daylight that was shortlisted for the Sundance Movie Pageant. In 1998, he turned his consideration to the monodrama Mercury: The Afterlife and Instances of Rock God about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He wrote a track for the theatrical manufacturing titled “I Have Watched You Fly.” Within the years since, Squier has carried out sparingly, showing at tribute concert events and making choose competition appearances.

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