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1986 – Part 5.2: Billy Squier – Enough Is Enough

“Enough Is Enough” came out a few years after the music video for “Rock Me Tonite” hit MTV screens. The 2011 book “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution” described it as the worst ever music video. And I’ve seen some bad ones in my time but to see Squier prancing around a bed and acting all feminine = a decline in ticket sales.

To show what a career killer that video was, the songs he made after the first three albums didn’t even make it to a guitar transcription book.

And Squier stayed out of the spotlight for the majority of 1985, taking some time off and preparing his next album with British producer Peter Collins, who was known for his work with Gary Moore and Rush.

The label, Capital Records spent a lot of money on the album. The personnel involved is a big list. Joining Squier is Jeff Golub and Robin Jeffrey on guitars, Jeff Bova, David Frank, Andy Richards and Alan St. John on keyboards/synthesizers. T.M. Stevens on bass and Jimmy Bralower, Bobby Chouinard and Steve Ferrone on drums. Jody Linscott is on percussion and Mitch Weissman on backing vocals.

Production is handled by Peter Collins as producer, Jimbo “James” Barton as engineer, Steve Boyer and Paul Wright as assistant engineers, Brian Gulland on arrangements and sound recording, David Thoener on mixing, Tim Leitner as the mixing assistant and George Marino on mastering.

All of the people involved would need to get paid. The recording studio would need to be paid. The label people would need to be paid.

And the cover. It’s more of an alpha male cover.

Released on September 27, 1986, it was the first album to be released under his second seven-year Capitol Records recording contract.

Shot o’ Love

Written by Danny Kortchmar and Billy Squier

The intro riff is feel good rock and roll. It’s like Bryan Adams with the influence of Mutt Lange.

Love Is the Hero

A Billy Squier track that sounds like a Queen track. And if you have a track that sounds like Queen, why not get Freddie Mercury to contribute vocals. This song deserves more attention.

Lady with a Tenor Sax

And then why not get Freddie Mercury to co-write a song with you.

This song has a cool blues groove and the horn section gives it a swinging rock feel. It was a minor hit, but it is largely forgotten.

All We Have to Give

Written by Squier.

A ballad, but then a section from 2.20 to 3.10 kicks in, and it rocks hard. Press play to hear it.

Come Home

Written by Bobby Chouinard and Squier and Squier is trying way too hard to rock hard.

Break the Silence

Written by Squier, a keyboard/synth riff kicks it off, with the guitar playing more of a decorative role. While the riffs sound cool, the melodies are lacking.

Powerhouse

Written by Squier and I am sure that CC DeVille was listening here as I can hear “Unskinny Bop”. It’s one of my favourite Squier tracks. Loud, funky and hard rocking.

Lonely One

Written by Squier, this track could have appeared on the “Top Gun” movie. It’s the pulsing bass line which reminds me of the movie.

Press play on this as it’s a melodic rock masterpiece.

Til It’s Over

Written by Squier, it’s the longest track on the album at 6 plus minutes long. It’s one of those 70’s style of tracks which percolates acoustically until it explodes.

Wink of an Eye

Written by Squier and I feel like it’s a complex pop hard rock for Squier. Ideas like these worked well in the hands of Eddie Van Halen.

Most of the music critics liked the album, but critics don’t buy albums. They get their review albums for free. It’s the fans who buy albums and there wasn’t enough fans buying it compared to the money spent on “Enough Is Enough” by the label.

So it was stamped as a commercial disappointment, selling about 300,000 copies in the United States, making it Squier’s first album since 1980’s “The Tale of the Tape” to not reach platinum status. Squier didn’t even embark on a tour in support of the album as no promoter wanted to touch him after the decline in ticket sales during the “Signs Of Life” tour.

Press play to hear “Powerhouse”, “Lonely One”, “Shot o’ Love”, “Til It’s Over” and the middle section of “All We Have To Give”.

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6 thoughts on “1986 – Part 5.2: Billy Squier – Enough Is Enough

  1. A terrible thing to happen to him and he didn’t deserve it. Yeah, the video sucked, but he was more than that a shame people didn’t see past it. I am about to start working on A Squier Album ranking after I finish the one I’m on now.

  2. I need to get a copy of this album. That video did demolish his career but did he ever releases a stellar album Hear And Now back in 89. That is still one of my fav’s of the Squier catalog. Nice for you to share some love here for him Pete and a great writeup.

  3. Nice look at a very underappreciated album. I always liked this one and I never could really grasp how hard he fell from one, at worst, silly moment. But the damage was done. This was a good effort that got cast aside all based on reputation.

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