Cool for Cats (song)

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Released 9 March 1979 (UK)
Format 7″ and 12″ vinyl
Recorded 1978
Genre New wave
Length 3:39 (album version)
3:10 (single version)
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
Producer(s) John Wood & Squeeze

“Cool for Cats” was the second single released from Squeeze’s Cool for Cats album. It featured a comparatively rare lead vocal performance from cockney-accented Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford, one of only two occasions he sang lead on a Squeeze single A-side (the other was 1989’s “Love Circles”). The song, slightly edited from the album track, peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, making it one of the band’s biggest hits.

The title phrase is a reference to the 1950s/60s UK TV series Cool for Cats, the first British series to regularly feature rock ‘n’ roll music acts.

In 1992, thirteen years after its initial release, the track “Cool for Cats” was used in a British TV commercial for milk. The song was then re-issued in the UK, where it charted at No. 62.

Track listing

“Cool for Cats” (3:10)
“Model” (3:30)
1992 UK Re-issue
A&M AMCD 694 – Limited Edition Cool Cat Pac

“Cool for Cats”
“Trust Me to Open My Mouth”
“Squabs on Forty Five”


Chris Difford – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Glenn Tilbrook – lead guitar
Harry Kakoulli – bass
Jools Holland – keyboard
Gilson Lavis – drums