Released in March 1979, this became A&M UK's largest selling single - until The Police came along to steal their sales, their manager's time, their record company's attention and even their hard won USA college circuit gig following. Walking on the moon? Give me Deptford any day.
It spent 11 weeks in the UK charts, reaching number 2. The “Cool FOr Cats” video was immortalised in a collection of great black & white photographs.
It appears to be Squeeze's only Polish release - as a postcard picture disc - the idea being that you bought a record to post back to your folks - it's square, made of cardboard and plays (rather badly). There's even a place for you to write your message and the address. Weird.
Cool For Cats was also released in Austria (May 1979), Belgium (May 1979), Finland (June 1979), France (May 1979), Norway (April 1979), Sweden (May 1979), Switzerland (April 1979) and in Israel on a compilation LP in June 1979 ("Supersmash" EPC 83781 according to CBS Records Ltd of Tel Aviv).
Chris once sang "The cowboys take position with the bullets up their arse" to an American audience. A Top Of The Pops appearance also had the word "bleeding" replaced with "blooming".