If you have been following this blog then you know I’m a pretty big Billy Squier fan. I think Creatures Of Habit is an underrated piece of work that would turn out to be Billy Squier’s next to last major label release. From the time that the “Rock Me Tonite” video was released, his career was launched into a steady decline, with each successive record being less commercially successful than the previous one. This record would produce Squier’s 6th and final Top 10 hit on the US Mainstream Rock Charts, “She Goes Down”. The song is about what the name implies, oral sex, and MTV would not show the accompanying video for the song claiming it was to risqué. The lyrical content was a masterpiece of double entendre and the track contains the type of straight ahead hard rock that made Billy an arena headliner in the 1980’s. This song could have been a much bigger hit had the record company made any effort to push it all. Unfortunately Capitol records had all but abandoned him by this point letting his records sell on the name Billy Squier. Creatures Of Habit, in my opinion, was the heaviest rock album Billy had released since Emotions In Motion and it contained only one track that would be considered a ballad. The album is chock full of melodic rockers “Hollywood”, “Lover” & “Conscience Point” all fit this mold. “Nerves On Ice” is classic style Squier with a catchy,gritty guitar riff that is set to a pounding anthem like beat that is definitely one the records highlights. “Facts Of Life” was the only other single released of this disc but only reached #37 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It would also fall into the melodic rocker category. It may not have been a very good choice for a single to follow-up “She Goes Down”. A better choice would have been “(L.O.V.E.) Four Letter Word”, which is for my money the second strongest cut. It contains all the elements for classic rock radio. It has the pounding anthem like chorus that goes together like socks and shoe with the mellower verses. I love how he changes thru the song the meaning of the acronym L.O.V.E. Yes it is a more mature Squier both musically and lyrically than the “Stroke Me” Billy of 1982, and it works on almost all levels. There are a couple of misfires here but nothing that should keep a fan of Squier’s classic rock style away from adding this to their collection.
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