I first heard Billy Squier when Tommy Vance played his Reading performance from 1981 on the BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show (along with Saga). In the Dark also got radio play here in the UK. He seemed to have a very distinctive voice and guitar style. I did not realise at the time that there were connections between him and Queen (May, Mercury and Reinhold Mack). What happened to him? Did he release anything at all in the 21stC?
Well my brother had Emotions In Motion on tape. Still love that album. So thanks to my brother for having a cool tape collection. I discovered all my early music through his tapes and my uncles record collection
Oh how I hated his stuff in his heyday. But you have to remember they played it every second and stuff like Maiden and Rush were still putting out quality. Later on I got into a few tunes. I really dig Lonely is the Night and think he has a really good bass player.
I am a fan of Billy. I too have copies of:
Don't Say No (1981)
Emotions in Motion (1982)
Signs of Life (1984)
Enough Is Enough (1986)
Hear & Now (1989)
Tell the Truth (1993)
A Rock and Roll Christmas (Various Artists Compilation) (1994)
16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier (1995)
Billy Squier Live! (2000)
Tell The Truth initially only sold, 40,000 copies. I was one of those 40,000.
Billy has had a pretty respectable career if you ask me. That music video was unfortunate but it really had no adverse affect on my overall pleasure in listening to his music. Honestly, if we get too hung up on the personalities of many musicians, I am quite sure we would have a lot less to enjoy.