Welcome again, Billy Squier! The ’80s rock hero has returned to the music scene with “Harder on a Woman,” a model new observe that marks his first new rock observe in 30 years and his first single launch since his 1993 acoustic album Blissful Blue.
Squier, greatest recognized for such ’80s hits as “The Stroke,” “My Kinda Lover” and “Everybody Wants You,” has returned with an epic, 6-minute foot-stomper impressed by the current Roe V. Wade reversal in 2022.
The track opens, “Marley’s got a problem / What you gonna do? / Took away her freedoms / Can’t believe it’s true / Black man at the courthouse says we’re coming after you / He forgets what it’s like.“
In response to Final Basic Rock, the seeds of the track happened throughout a 2012 writing session with C.C. Adcock, with the lyric “Harder on a woman than it is on a man” sticking with him from that interval to encourage the brand new track. Squier says that the 2022 ruling offered him a “Neil Young moment,” the place he felt he wanted to take motion.
Not too long ago talking with SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk, who premiered the track on his present, “I felt like a lot of the sisters out there aren’t going to be too happy today. I was thinking I’d like to find a way to give them some support.”
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At current, Squier revealed that the track is a one-off, although he revealed that he’s open to recording extra music sooner or later. “I’m not making grandiose plans,” he advised Trunk. “But I can tell you I have my radar a little more tuned for points of inspiration. I would have no trouble at all going back in and cutting some more stuff.”
The singer additionally spoke of presumably returning to performing, although tempering expectations with the thought of a residency versus a full-fledged trek. “I’d be lying if I said I’m not thinking about [doing something],” stated the singer.
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Billy Squier surrounded himself with some identify expertise whereas placing collectively the brand new track, “Harder on a Woman.” The observe consists of Simon Kirke, who’s greatest recognized for his drumming work with the enduring ’70s bands Free and Dangerous Firm. Longtime Daryl Corridor & John Oates guitarist and onetime Saturday Evening Dwell band chief G.E. Smith added some further guitar elements and helped to assemble his band. The track additionally options Mark Clarke, the English bassist who beforehand performed on Squier’s 1981 album Do not Say No in addition to his 1991 launch, Creatures of Behavior. Squier’s recording is rounded out by backing vocalist The Mopsicles. Take heed to the track under.
Billy Squier, “Harder on a Woman”
No matter Occurred to Billy Squier?
Billy Squier first appeared on the scene with the 1980 album, The Story of the Tape, which featured the oft-sampled track “The Big Beat,” however his profession actually took off after the second album Do not Say No in 1981 that featured the title observe in addition to the hit singles “The Stroke,” “In the Dark” and “My Kinda Lover.”
The 1982 Feelings in Movement album and 1984’s Indicators of Life album continued Squier’s ascent, however the video for Squier’s Indicators of Life single “Rock Me Tonite” proved to be disastrous for the singer.
The clip featured Squier dancing flamboyantly round an house to the track, and it was included in an MTV particular as one of many viewer-voted worst movies of all time.
“The video had a deleterious effect on my career,” Squier advised the authors of I Need My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution in 2011. “The tour before, I was selling out arenas faster than Sinatra, and as soon as that video came out, I was playing to half houses.”
Squier went on to launch 5 extra studio albums, together with his final rock document 1993’s Inform the Reality and his final official launch, the 1998 acoustic album, Blissful Blue, however not one of the data reached the business heights of his early work.
The musician discovered one other inventive avenue within the ’90s, initially writing a screenplay entitled Run to Daylight that was shortlisted for the Sundance Movie Competition. In 1998, he turned his consideration to the monodrama Mercury: The Afterlife and Occasions of Rock God about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He wrote a track for the theatrical manufacturing titled “I Have Watched You Fly.” Within the years since, Squier has carried out sparingly, showing at tribute concert events and making choose competition appearances.
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