Squier played for two all-but-forgotten bands, the Sidewinders and Piper, during the 1970s before embarking on his much more successful solo career. (Piper's greatest claim to fame was as the opening act for KISS during that band's legendary 1977 tour.)
His first solo album, Tale Of The Tape, was a modest success but produced no hit singles. Its most noteworthy track is "The Big Beat," which became - and still remains - a popular choice for sampling by Hip-Hop and Rap artists.
Squier brought in Reinhold Mack, who had produced Queen's album The Game, to produce his follow-up album Don't Say No. This turned out to be his breakthrough release, producing US Top 40 hits "The Stroke" (#17) and "In The Dark" (#35), along with lesser hits "My Kinda Lover" and "Lonely Is The Night." All 4 of these still get considerable airplay on Classic Rock radio.
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