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Billy Squier: Don’t Say No: 30th Anniversary Edition

Hard rock underwent some changes as the ’70s gave way to the ’80s, and as the mythopoetic pretensions of the prog era gave way to the instant gratification of corporate rock. Even Led Zeppelin—formerly dedicated to delivering arcane blues-rock from remote, Tolkien-esque mountaintops—adjusted its sound to accommodate the relentless wallop and sheen that dominated the age of Boston and Van Halen. And where Zeppelin left off, Billy Squier stepped in. A veteran of the Massachusetts music scene who made an impact in the cult power-pop acts The Sidewinders and Piper, Squier went solo in 1980 with Tale Of The Tape, an album that wedded his pop sense with booming drums and roaring guitars. The record was a mild success—and it later had its fat riffs and beats repurposed on multiple hip-hop records—but Squier didn’t really break through until 1981’s Don’t Say No, produced by ELO/Queen boardman Reinhold Mack.

via Billy Squier: Don’t Say No: 30th Anniversary Edition | Music | Review | The A.V. Club.

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