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Tempted by Squeeze

Album: East Side StoryReleased: 1981Charted:
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  • Squeeze singer and guitarist Chris Difford wrote the lyrics to this song. He explains: "Tempted was written in a cab on the way to Heathrow, I just wrote down what I saw and how I felt as we wormed our way through the traffic. I also must have anticipated a good time on tour as the chorus suggests."
  • Paul Carrack sang lead on this. He also sang with the bands Ace ("How Long") and Mike And The Mechanics ("The Living Years"). In 1987, he had a solo hit with "Don't Shed a Tear."
    Carrack was with Squeeze for their East Side Story album, replacing Jools Holland on keyboards and also contributing vocals. He rejoined Squeeze in 1993 for their album Some Fantastic Place, and sang on a new version of "Tempted" that the band recorded for the soundtrack of the 1994 movie Reality Bites.
  • Elvis Costello produced this track. You can hear him singing on the second verse.
  • This was the first Squeeze song to crack the charts in America. Squeeze was already a big deal in their native England, where they had 7 Top-40 hits to this point. They managed just 2 more US hits: "Hourglass" and "853-5937," but "Tempted" remains their most enduring song in the States, where it continues to get airplay.
  • Glenn Tilbrook, who writes the music for Squeeze, considers this one of his favorites. Says Tilbrook: "It was a sort of breakthrough song for us, in spite of the fact that it wasn't a hit, it was our first song. It was when we grew up, really, as a band. When we finished it I couldn't quite believe it was us." (Read more in our interview with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze.)
  • In the US, this was used in a commercial for Burger King, and another for Heineken. It's a good fit for advertisements where someone is "tempted" by their product.
  • At many Squeeze shows, fans would throw toothbrushes (Rocky Horror-style) on stage at the opening line: "I bought a toothbrush..."
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Comments: 33

Try imagining it it as a guy who has a girlfriend but has unexpectedly had a gay encounter, likes it and is now emotionally compromised. The lyric "a foot without a sock" suggests proximity with a naked guy.Richie - Tx
The version in Reality Bites is absolutely re-recorded. Carrack's vocal is different in the first line and he changes little things throughout the tune. He stays faithful to the original, but definitely makes some subtle changes. It is not a re-mix.Chuck - Charlotte, Nc
I still don't get what they mean by tempted by the fruit of another.Mike - Park Ridge, Il
This site really is great for tweezing out an ear worm like this one that's been in my head for the past hour!Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
The obvious meaning would be to be tempted by another man's woman(or his daughter)Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
This is just my take: I know once i drove through a few states (from massachusetts) to try and work something out with this woman i had it for that moved back home. same time frame, i meet someone new that i started developing an interest in. the long distance attempt ended up being a disaster, and when i have back here is maturing into something. to me, this song is eerily similar to that story. 1st verse is the organization of the trip and the commute to the destination, 2nd is the anticipation/anxiety of seeing her again building, and 3rd is knowing it will end as a last hurrah instead of patching it up for the long haul. The chorus is knowing in the back of your mind that no matter what goes on with this new interest, somehow she'll still always be compared to what you had previously...Eric - Boston , Ma
I think I'm one of the many who don't totally understand this song. I love it, but I can never really tell what's going on. If it's not his conscience that hate's to be untrue, then what is it? Dones he feel like he really belongs to the woman he's not supposed to be with? And which does he ultimately choose? Which one is he talking to anyway?Melissa - Windsor, Canada
One of the best songs from our '80's soundtrack. I have always loved Paul Carrack's voice in all the rock groups he was in.Alma - Laredo, Tx
I love this song. It works on many levels. But it's also good to finally get an explanation on the really weird lyrics. Or the lyrics of any 'Squeeze' song for that matter.Laura - Weymouth, Ma
Matt in Walled Lake - I think what you hear as 'lesbian' is, in fact, 'what's been' as in 'what's been going on' said by Chris Difford towards the end of the song. You can see it if you take a look at the video clip.Garry - Darlington, England
This song is about the lead singer's girlfriend who leaves him for a woman. This is verified by the subliminal whispering of "lesbian" repeatedly at the end of the song in the phrase "tempted by the fruit of another, tempted but the truth is discovered (lesbian)." It's quite suble but quite noticable if you listen for it.Matt - Walled Lake, Mi
Would be on my list of 10 best singles from the 80'sAnduarto - St.louis, Mo
Craig in Melbourne - prepare to be put out of your misery...
what you can hear towards the end of the song is Chris Difford saying 'what's been going on'.
Check the clip out on 'youtube' - you can see for yourself.
Garry, Darlington, England
Garry - Darlington, England
I've often listened to this song and wondered which person has been 'discovered' cheating. Was it the singer himself who has had the truth discovered about his affair? Or was it his ex cheating? Perhaps 'there is no other' because he cannot get over the hurt of being cheated on. This song has always perplexed me...it could go either way. Either way, a great song.Tracy - Niagara Falls, On
My favorite Squeeze tune, and a great job by a great singer, Carrack.B.l. - Barry, Tx
Awesome song! Thunbs up!Michaela - Usa, Ny
Sounds like a Hall and Oats song to me,but I liked the song by Squeeze.Matt - Maryland, La
The beginning of this song sounds like it was stolen by "Hand Me Down World" by The Guess Who.Steven - Vancouver, Wa
Cool For Cats is possibly Squeeze's best known songLuke - Manchester, England
The chorus isn't "lover" it's "tempted by the fruit of another, tempted but the truth is discovered. What's been going on now that you have gone. There's no other, tempted by the fruits of another..."Luke - Manchester, England
what the hell does lipzeg mean??Billy - Albany, Ny
Towards the end, after the oft repeated "Tempted by the fruits of a lover" you hear way down in the mix some one saying something. I just cant pick it up, bit it sounds like some one saying "Lipzeig" - lol - or something like that. It's driven me nuts for years!Craig - Melbourne, Australia
This song is in the video game Grand Theftauto Vice City, I love this song.Nicole - Kenosha, Wi
I think it's a man in a relationship fantasizing about being with someone who's not his partner, but he loves his partner enough not to act on the fantasy.Rayna - Pembroke Pines, Fl
The version in Reality Bits is a re-mix, not a re-recording.Anonymous
Dirk, here's my take. A guy is in a relationship. He has an affair. He leaves his relationship for this new woman. And that ends up not working. He's now reflecting on the first relationship, and how he shouldn't have left, but now it's too late!Bill - Rockland, Me
So... what is actually really transpiring in this little narrative. Is this dude headed for a rendez-vous with somebody? Or is he acting out a pathetic fantasy, checking into a hotel to meet someone, even though "there's no other"?... I never got it. "What's been going on now that you have gone? There's no other," the story goes. So then... why is he buying new pajamas and a toothbrush? Or is it a dream, suddenly interrupted by the alarm clock? And if it's a dream, why is he out moving along past the laundry on the hill?... I've been trying to get clarity on this since 1980. Somebody help me.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
Difford & Tilbrook are the most underrated songwriting team in popular music -- easily.Joe - Clifton, Nj
Their best-known song, but far from their best.Nessie - Sapporo, Japan
This song is on the reality bites soundtrack, it was re-recorded and is listed as Tempted '94, ethan hawke also sings a tune on the albumMonty - Omaha, Ne
Was this also used in Reality Bites???Melissa - Green Bay, Wi
This is probably Squeeze's most well known song.Andrew - Raleigh, Nc
In the US, this was used in both a Dentine Ice commercial and a GAP commercial.Vincent - Sanantonio, Tx