Aug 19, 2021 · Dizzee Rascal – ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ (Billy Squier – ‘The Big Beat’) “Sometimes a drum break is so powerful that you don’t need much else to carry a song. Other songs have sampled The Big Beat (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys) but nothing comes close to how raw Fix Up, Look Sharp sounds.
- About Billy Squier
- Early Years
- ’80s Solo Career
- A Music Video Catastrophe
- Later Career & Rock Guitar Legacy
- Best Songs of The ’80s
William Haislip Squier was born on May 12, 1950 and is an American rock musician and singer with a net worth of $40 million. Though relatively unaffiliated with any particular music genre of the ’80s, guitarist and songwriter Billy Squier maintained a successful pop music career. He never really became a superstar, but Squier’s blend of arena rock, classic rock and hard rock was fully emblematic of the decade’s musical offerings. For the most part, solid songwriting and dedication to his primary instrument – guitar – helped Squier remain true to his generally authentic musical impulses. ’80s rock was ultimately enhanced as a result of his contributions. Billy Squier’s 1980 song “The Big Beat” is one of the most-sampled drum breaks, being used by artists such as Run-DMC, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, UTFO, and Dizzee Rascal.
Inspired like many ’60s guitarists by already legendary instrumentalist Eric Clapton, the young Squier began performing live within the close vicinity of his 1968 graduation from a Boston-area high school. He played in a number of local bands before founding the mid-’70s mainstream rock outfit Piper, which flirted with stadium success by opening for KISS in 1977. However, the band’s failure to hit it big partially explains Squier’s anonymity through the ’70s, as his 1980 debut, Tale of the Tape, seemed to some observers like a bit of a late bloom. But in reality this period did much to season Squier and prepare him for the vital years of his career.
Squier couldn’t have been quite prepared for what would be a lightning-quick ascent to the top of the rock music scene with his smash 1981 LP Don’t Say No. Nevertheless, the artist took full advantage of the period’s embrace of his stylings by producing some excellent songs that also became hits, namely “In the Dark,””My Kinda Lover,” and “Lonely Is the Night.” The rather on-the-nose sexual metaphor of “The Stroke” – along with its empty-headed, booming exuberance – somehow met with significant success as well, and thus a classic rock mainstay was born. If only Squier’s worthy album tracks had received a bit more radio attention, that song in fact would be all the more tolerable.
Squier initially found quite an ally in the recently launched MTV network, and his next two albums, 1982’s Emotions in Motion and 1984’s Signs of Life, took full advantage of the new medium. Two foundational tracks, “Everybody Wants You” and “Rock Me Tonite,” respectively kept Squier’s stock high in pop music circles. So it probably was no coincidence that record sales dropped significantly in the wake of Squier’s extremely ’80s “Rock Me Tonite” music video, in which the singer pranced around a stylized loft in what appeared to be some of the most feminine workout clothes imaginable. Squier has never quite forgotten the moment, with good reason, and in retrospect he may have been quite accurate in assessing its devastating effect on his career.
Squier tried to respond favorably to his popular decline by continuing to tour diligently and releasing more records, even if only two more (1986’s Enough Is Enough and 1989’s Hear and Now) followed in the five years following the release of Signs of Life. Unfortunately, however, 1989’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” was the closest Squier would ever again come to a hit. Still, this has not reduced the artist’s classic rock following or prevented contemporary music artists from paying various and reverent respects to Squier. Oddly enough, popular hip-hop artists ranging from Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay to Jay-Z have recognized (through sampling) the memorable nature of Squier’s best work. In September 2014, Squier took his ‘Electric Man’ show to the 9th Jack Show in Anaheim, California. As of 2021, Billy Squier’s net worth is $40 million.
Arena rock artist Billy Squier successfully danced along the genre lines of hard rock and catchy guitar pop, releasing some strongly memorable ’80s rock along the way. Though never quite falling into the ranks of pop metal, Squier certainly influenced that form by creating muscular guitar rock songs with singularly high-pitched yet distinctive vocals. Even so, his work has never truly been judged on its own merit. Here’s an attempt to do just that through a selection, in chronological order, of Squier’s finest tracks from the ’80s.
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Sep 13, 2021 · Beats, Rhymes & Lists is very proud to present our top 20 picks for the greatest drum breaks and breakbeats in hip hop history. 20. “Ode to Billie Joe” by Lou Donaldson. Album: Mr. Shing-A-Ling. Released: January 1968. Notable songs sampled in: “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West (2004)
Sep 10, 2021 · The movie's soundtrack included songs from Jackson Browne, Billy Squier, the Go-Go's, Tom Petty and the Cars. Billy Squier's debut album "The Tale of the Tape" was released in May of 1980. The album included a rock radio hit titled "You Should Be High Love". The album also featured a song "The Big Beat" which has been sampled in multiple songs.
Aug 23, 2021 · Drive is the song you haven't heard in eons, the band you wish got more radio play, the music you feel passionate about. ... THE BIG BEAT. Artist. BILLY SQUIER. Album. THE TALE OF THE TAPE. More ...
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Sep 02, 2021 · Don't Say No is the second studio album by Billy Squier , released on April 13, 1981. It stands as Squier's biggest career album, including the hits " Lonely Is the Night ", " In the Dark ", " My Kinda Lover " and " The Stroke ".