Up the Junction (song)

Up the Junction (song)

Single infobox | Name = Up the Junction

Artist = Squeeze
from Album = Cool for Cats
Released = May 18, 1979 (UK)
Format = 7" vinyl
Recorded = 1978
Genre = Rock
Length = 3:10
Label = A&M Records
Producer = John Wood & Squeeze
Chart position =

  • #2 (UK Singles Chart)

Reviews =
Last single = "Cool for Cats" (1979)
This single = "Up the Junction" (1979)
Next single = "Slap and Tickle" (1979) |

"Up the Junction" was the third single released from Squeeze's second album, "Cool for Cats". It is one of the band's most popular and well-remembered songs (especially in the UK), and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Up the Junction" is a novel by Nell Dunn, first published in 1963. Lyricist Chris Difford said that the title phrase was lifted from the 1965 TV play version of the novel, directed by Ken Loach, and its subsequent 1968 movie remake. (see "Up the Junction"). Although the song is not derived, it includes several references to the drama:

* Portrayal of daily life in Clapham / Battersea area (the song begins "I never thought it would happen with me and the girl from Clapham")
* "Junction" refers to Clapham Junction
* Colloquial working-class language
* The subject of unplanned pregnancy and abortion (the TV play is one of the first UK portrayals of abortion; the song a decision to keep the baby, with the oblique couplet: "She said she'd seen a doctor, and nothing now can stop her")

The song is well known for its use of half-rhymes, such as "ready" and "telly" or "kitchen" and "missing".

The band made a tongue-in-cheek performance of the Up The Junction on British chart show Top of the Pops in which band members play the 'wrong instrument', with singer Glenn Tilbrook drumming and Jools Holland (normally pianist) making minimal attempts to look at all proficient at the guitar.

The song appears in the 1982 film Brimstone and Treacle and is also on its soundtrack.

Cover Versions

"Up the Junction" has been covered by a number of artists:
*Lawnmower Deth on their third album, "Billy"
*The Decemberists during numerous live performances
*Jim Bob on his Busker EP
*Lily Allen for a Yahoo! Music performance
*The View on their single "Superstar Tradesman"
*Goldfinger for their Teen Beef split 7" with Reel Big Fish for Mojo Records
*Travis on a number of occasions.The song was also reworked by co-writer Difford on his 2006 acoustic album "South East Side Story".

Track listing

# "Up the Junction" (3:10)
# "It's So Dirty" (3:10)

External links

* [http://www.squeezenet.co.uk/ Squeeze discography at Squeezenet]

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