“Up the Junction” – Squeeze


From the 1979 album “Cool for Cats,” this is one of Squeeze’s most popular songs. “Up the Junction” is based on a 1968 British film of the same name (and a 1965 British television film directed by famed director Ken Loach), which in turn, was based on a 1963 novel by Neil Dunn.

I love the way the lyrics play out in this song, which tells a bittersweet tale of young love, resulting in some heavy consequences, which ultimately leads to a sad end. Despite the sad way the song ends, this is a brilliantly written pop song. An amazingly complex tale told in just slightly under three and a half minutes.