Tempted (4:01)

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“Tempted” was the second single released from Squeeze’s fourth album, East Side Story. Though it failed to crack the Top 40 in any country it was released (UK #41, Canada #45, US #49, Australia #90), over the years “Tempted” has become one of Squeeze’s most well known songs, especially in North America, thanks to its use in various TV commercials and in modern video games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Unlike other Squeeze songs, which are usually sung by guitarist/songwriter Glenn Tilbrook, the song’s lead vocal is mainly by keyboardist Paul Carrack, though Tilbrook and producer Elvis Costello also sing for a few lines in the second verse. The song was written by Squeeze members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

Tilbrook considers this one of his favorite songs. He told Songfacts: “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.”

Tempted has been covered numerous times, including versions by Sting, Richard Thompson, Joe Cocker, The Georgetown Chimes, and Rockapella. Jools Holland also covered this song on his album Lift The Lid, which was a nod to Jools’s history with the band.

In 1993, Squeeze remixed and overdubbed the original recording to create a ‘new’ version of the song for the soundtrack to the film Reality Bites. This version received some radio airplay and was dubbed “Tempted ‘94.”

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  • retroguy

    Talking to your reflection is fine as long as it doesn't answer you back. I'm not talking from experience but it just seems reasonable that nothing good will ever come out of getting into an argument with your reflection.

    22 May 10:52pm Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Ah, memories...

    19 May 12:04pm Reply
  • southstarmusic

    i forgot how good these guys were :) ♫♥♫

    4 May 12:16am Reply
  • LaverneFishpaw

    I totally miss these guys!

    21 Mar 9:18pm Reply
  • LegoTD

    Great hit :P

    4 Feb 7:32pm Reply
  • nicorebel

    cool tune

    4 Feb 11:51am Reply
  • marjo47

    It is indeed.

    16 Jan 3:58pm Reply
  • BlueOclock

    What many people don't know is that Walter Cronkite does that deep voice in the song. Of course I've been known to stretch the truth on occasion, so it's possible that it was Lulu, you can't really be sure! One thing I'll tell you that you can believe is that I love this song.....it's VERY GOOD!

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • csfernandez1977

    excelente cancion

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    class - they were brilliant at Cornbury festival last month

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    This is the 'Squeeze Your Own Body Part" version; until your screams drown out the horrible replacement voices singing it....thanks as always for the cheapskatiness LAST.F-'EM. Big time sponsors aren't ponying up enough to purchase the REAL songs are they?

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • philbeckwith

    It's low down and dirty. Top song!!!

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    sanitized?

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gat67

    This version seems................off somehow. Hmmmm..........

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • wackersska

    tempted

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    still fab live G-live

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    you gotta rock out when you hear this! [2]

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tomrud73

    awesome tune. does get played like crazy on satellite radio though.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • crazy2375

    <3

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • paulybeast

    ace

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
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