Squeeze

Tempted

Composed by Chris Difford / Glenn Tilbrook

Song Review by

Although its increasing ubiquity on '80s hits radio and on television (it was used in a successful clothing commercial in 2003) would suggest otherwise, Squeeze's "Tempted" was not actually a hit single. The one song with lead vocals by Paul Carrack on his sole album with the band, "Tempted" remains both a firm fan favorite and the one song that non-Squeeze fans, who might know Carrack's solo hits or his time as the vocalist in Mike and the Mechanics, are likely to be familiar with. A soulful, sexy song with a slow, piano-led groove, "Tempted" is a blue-eyed soul classic unlike anything else Squeeze ever recorded, but it doesn't sound out of place in the eclectic confines of East Side Story, and the emotionally shaded lyrics are entirely in keeping with Chris Difford's skill at depicting mixed emotions. Elvis Costello's simple, organic production avoids any of the new wave touches of Squeeze's previous albums, giving the song a timeless quality; Carrack could easily have recorded this song with his mid-'70s pub rock band Ace.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
East Side Story 1981 A&M / Universal 4:00
Singles 45's and Under 1982 A&M 4:01
No Image 1986
Various Artists
I.R.S. Records
Classics, Vol. 25 1987 A&M 4:02
A Round & A Bout (Live) 1990 Capitol 5:34
Loving You Tonight 1993 A&M
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Priority 3:53
Tempted/Black Coffee in Bed [Single] 1995 A&M 3:53
VH1: The Big 80's 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
Piccadilly Collection 1996 A&M 3:59
Excess Moderation 1996 Polygram 3:25
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Polydor
Movies Greatest Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Master Series 1998 Polygram 3:58
Movie Lovers, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Records 3:58
Pure 80's 1999
Various Artists
Universal 3:58
Live at Royal Albert Hall 1999 Polygram 4:26
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:01
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Import
Fantastic 80's 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:59
Heart Beats: Love Plus One - 80's Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:01
KFOG Live from the Archives, Vol. 7 2000
Various Artists
Radio San Francisco
Modern Rock: Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:03
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:00
Big Squeeze: The Very Best of Squeeze 2002 Universal International 3:58
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 3: Emotion 98.3 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Best of British [Virgin 2002] 2002
Various Artists
Virgin
Greatest Hits [DVD] 2003 Cherry Red / Pinnacle
80's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal 3:52
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 3:59
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Squeeze 2004 A&M / Universal Music / Universal Strategic Marketing 4:01
20th Century Masters - DVD Collection: The Best of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O
Biggest & Best Ballads 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:58
Eighties Obsession [Rajon] 2005
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Gold 2005 Polystar / Universal 3:58
Pottery Barn: Raised on the Radio 2005
Various Artists
Rock River Records
The Squeeze Story 2006 A&M 3:57
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:56
Party: 3-CD Box Set 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 4:00
Classic Soft Rock: Into the Night 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:00
Gold: Soft Rock 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:00
Essential Squeeze 2007 UMVD
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:00
True Power Ballads 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:55
5 Live 2007 Love Records 3:38
The Complete BBC Sessions 2008 Mercury / UMGI 3:50
Feeling Good: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:57
Don't Quit Music: '80s Weight Loss Workout 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:49
Spot the Difference 2010 Love 4:01
The Ultimate Collection: 80s School Days 2011
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:57
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 3:57
80s Triple Set
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal/Spectrum 3:54
Body By Jake: 80s Weight Loss Workout (BPM 100-136)
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:49
I am in Love
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) / Universal 3:56
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:56
Rock Ballads: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
Rockwiz: Uncovered
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:55
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:00
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