Squier insists there's deeper meaning to his lyrics

June 11, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio | Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff

Sexual innuendo is nothing new to the music of Billy Squier.

But the writer of such classic rock songs as "The Stroke" and "In The Dark" might have outdone himself with his latest effort, a single from his new album, "Creatures of Habit."

"I don't know where the inspiration came from," said Squier of the new song. "It just popped into my head. I can't really tell you what it's about . . . "

Squier, who will appear at Hammerjack's tonight, said he has never deliberately written anything overtly sexual.

"I take songwriting very seriously and I wouldn't want anything I do to be construed as frivolous or mundane," he insisted. "Take 'The Stroke,' for instance. Plenty of people saw sexual connotations in that song but to me it was about what goes on in the business world. I mean, I'm happy if people get something sexual out of it, but that was not its original intent or purpose."

Squier's new band features New York hotshot guitarist Larry Mitchell, who enlisted to join the band on the last tour for "Hear And Now," but was dismissed by Squier.

"I told him he was too good to be backing me up," said Squier, who used former Aerosmith member Jimmy Crespo instead. "But he called me again and he really wanted to be in the band so I figured I'd be a fool not to let him play."

In addition to playing songs from "Creatures," Squier promises a greatest hits package and a few off-tracks from older albums such as "Tale Of The Tape" and "Signs Of Life."

"We also have a fantastic new version of 'The Stroke,' " Squier said. "You play a song like that for 10 years and you start to get a little tired of it. We have rearranged it a little and brought 'The Stroke' into the '90s."

Some may think it's hard for a performer like Squier to readjust to playing smaller venues after reaching arena-size status during the early 1980s. For many artists it's more than just a humbling experience. It often leads to depression.

"We're getting back there slowly and it feels good," Squier said. "I mean, I would always like to play bigger places and play for more people. But the reality for me is that I have the best band I've ever had and the best material I've ever had. What I get from the music now is better than then.

"I guess I could sit around and say, 'Gee, I wish I were playing at the Capital Centre tonight instead of Hammerjacks,' but it doesn't happen," Squier said. "Maybe one day it will all come again but it doesn't bother me at all because I don't think about it. Hey, at least I'm playing."

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