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2007年VOA标准英语-Former Squeeze Lyricist Releases New CD

时间:2007-05-28 03:20来源:互联网 提供网友:sseeker   字体: [ ]

By Larry London
19 March 2007
watch Chris Difford report

In 1974, the British band Squeeze brought new wave music to prominence1 with hit songs like "Cool For Cats", "Up The Junction2", "Tempted3", "Black Coffee In Bed", and "Hourglass."  After an absence of nearly 11 years, original member Chris Difford is touring solo. He recently stopped by VOA and spoke4 with Larry London.

Chris Difford (center) and fellow musicians
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook achieved fame as the songwriting team of Squeeze.  Difford penned the lyrics6 to hits like "Goodbye Girl."

Musician Chris Difford speaks about the album. "I think the success of Squeeze owes a lot to nostalgia7.  I think as you grow older, you look back in your record box and go, 'Oh, that reminds me.'  You put on an old Squeeze album, it might take you back to your youth.  You start getting rejuvenated8 again.  Our albums are like vitamins that you can take throughout the rest of your life, and they kind of give you a nice spark." 

Difford is currently touring the eastern United States in support of his new recording9, "South East Side Story", a play on the title of one of the Squeeze's most popular albums, "East Side Story."  Although he covers Squeeze's songs, he explains his new approach.

"It's an album of acoustic10 songs.  Melvin plays pedal, steel [guitar] on most of the tracks, and that kind of gives it a country vibe.  You know, I didn't want to compete with the originals because the originals are absolutely great.  So we took it down the country road." 

Squeeze's "East Side Story" recording sessions were some of the most productive days for the band.  A tragic11 event occurred during those sessions, though, that tempers the fond memories.

"We went into the studio for six weeks, and we had a very strict regime.  We started at eleven and finished at seven.  We ate vegetarian12 food and only drank cider.  It was an amazing time.  Right in the middle of recording there was a sad turn of events, John Lennon was murdered.  I'll always remember that album with that happening.  It was a very, very sad day for us all, of course."

Since ending his songwriting collaboration13 with Glenn, Difford has worked with many other composers.  He describes a phone call he got from Elton John.

Chris Difford
"He called me up and asked me if I -- he had this tune14 he wanted the lyrics for.  I had to sit down. I couldn't believe he would call me up to ask for a lyric5.  He sent me over the tune.  I stayed up all night, wrote the lyric and faxed it back to him.  Then he said, 'Come over to the house.'  So I went over to his house.  He put the lyric on the piano, and within two or three minutes he had written it.  I mean, that's how quickly he works.  It was quite an amazing day.  The hairs on the back of my neck were sticking up." 

Chris’ rich lyrical vocabulary touches on many subjects, including a bulging15 waistline in one of his new songs.

For his next album, he would like to spend time in the capital of country music.

"I'd like to do some writing in Nashville, I think.  I was there the other day, and I must say, it seems like a writer's hole [a gathering16 place].  I'd like to go there and spend some time there.”


1 prominence a0Mzw     
  • He came to prominence during the World Cup in Italy.他在意大利的世界杯赛中声名鹊起。
  • This young fashion designer is rising to prominence.这位年轻的时装设计师的声望越来越高。
2 junction N34xH     
  • There's a bridge at the junction of the two rivers.两河的汇合处有座桥。
  • You must give way when you come to this junction.你到了这个路口必须让路。
3 tempted b0182e969d369add1b9ce2353d3c6ad6     
  • I was sorely tempted to complain, but I didn't. 我极想发牢骚,但还是没开口。
  • I was tempted by the dessert menu. 甜食菜单馋得我垂涎欲滴。
4 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
5 lyric R8RzA     
  • This is a good example of Shelley's lyric poetry.这首诗是雪莱抒情诗的范例。
  • His earlier work announced a lyric talent of the first order.他的早期作品显露了一流的抒情才华。
6 lyrics ko5zoz     
  • music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hart 由罗杰斯和哈特作词作曲
  • The book contains lyrics and guitar tablatures for over 100 songs. 这本书有100多首歌的歌词和吉他奏法谱。
7 nostalgia p5Rzb     
  • He might be influenced by nostalgia for his happy youth.也许是对年轻时幸福时光的怀恋影响了他。
  • I was filled with nostalgia by hearing my favourite old song.我听到这首喜爱的旧歌,心中充满了怀旧之情。
8 rejuvenated eb579d2f15c855cfdcb0652d23a6aaca     
  • He was rejuvenated by new hope. 新的希望又使他充满了活力。
  • She looked rejuvenated after plastic surgery. 她做完整形手术后显得年轻了。
9 recording UktzJj     
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
10 acoustic KJ7y8     
  • The hall has a fine acoustic.这个大厅的传音效果很好。
  • Animals use a whole rang of acoustic, visual,and chemical signals in their systems of communication.动物利用各种各样的听觉、视觉和化学信号来进行交流。
11 tragic inaw2     
  • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海滩后果可悲。
  • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是个注定不得善终的人。
12 vegetarian 7KGzY     
  • She got used gradually to the vegetarian diet.她逐渐习惯吃素食。
  • I didn't realize you were a vegetarian.我不知道你是个素食者。
13 collaboration bW7yD     
  • The two companies are working in close collaboration each other.这两家公司密切合作。
  • He was shot for collaboration with the enemy.他因通敌而被枪毙了。
14 tune NmnwW     
  • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。
  • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
15 bulging daa6dc27701a595ab18024cbb7b30c25     
膨胀; 凸出(部); 打气; 折皱
  • Her pockets were bulging with presents. 她的口袋里装满了礼物。
  • Conscious of the bulging red folder, Nim told her,"Ask if it's important." 尼姆想到那个鼓鼓囊囊的红色文件夹便告诉她:“问问是不是重要的事。”
16 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
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