Considered by many to be Billy Squier’s return to form record, Hear & Now is unquestionably a fan favorite. After a few years of Rock Me Tonight video fallout and a slightly less than stellar commercial performance with 1986’s Enough Is Enough, Billy returned in full force with an incredible collection of riff-laden, rock-pop hits, sweeping ballads, and a few deep cuts that continued his unique style of “articulate rock.” But did it hit? Why or why not?
And while we’re asking questions – what is the connection between this record and the film Deliverance? Between this record at The Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping?!? Listen to find out as we continue our Songs of The Knight: A Billy Squier Retrospective series.
Joined by podcast friends Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll Podcast, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth and track by track with Billy’s sixth album. Warning: we do go off the rails a bit in the episode following a story Jon shares about his early discovery of, well, this record among other things. But we also continue our thoughtful deep analysis of this record, which is one of our collective favorites. Finally we wrap this episode with Eric’s personal ranking of Billy Squier’s entire discography.