Before Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian took over the production duties for the album East Side Story, Dave Edmunds recorded this version of what would become Squeeze's most famous song with co-writer and regular frontman Glenn Tilbrook on lead vocals. For some reason the band was unhappy with this simple, upbeat recording and went on to record the version that everyone knows with a lite soul arrangement and their keyboard player at the time, Paul Carack, on lead vocals with Tilbrook relegated to singing back up and a shared verse with Costello. I suspect that a lot of Squeeze's eventual commercial failure and general lack of legacy in the critical world stems from this bait-and-switch. It's never a good thing when your biggest hit sounds nothing like the rest of your catalog, especially if said hit hasn't aged very well because cheesy 80s blue eyed soul isn't exactly the hippest genre going.
I was never much of a Squeeze person, partly for the reasons Matthew Perpetua notes here. I liked Difford and Tillbrook, but Carrack always left me shrugging my shoulders and saying, "eh?" It wasn't really Difford & Tillbrook's fault, either, that thay came along in an era in which any songwriting team, especially if they happened to be Brits, had the "next Lennon & McCartney" label flung at them, ostensibly as a compliment, but more like an anvil. I liked "Black Coffee in Bed," though, and you'll find that the version of "Temped" to which michael points our attention is in fact a lot more in that vein, instrumentally and mood-wise. Had this been the super-saturated single, I can see me coming along much more willingly.