Independent label: Peter Mensch's Vertigo affiliated rock label Squawk. Unfortunately, IQ's liaison with Squawk would not be the path to
success that many predicted. Squawk's distribution deal with the giant Phonogram label had IQ dealing once more with people who had previously rejected the band. IQ was a Southampton based Progressive Rock act dating back to 1981 founded by Mike Holmes and Martin Orford in 1981 following the dissolution of their original band The Lens. From 1982, the line-up consisted of Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Martin Orford (keyboards), Paul Cook (drums), and Tim Esau (bass). Nicholls left in July 1985 to form a new band, Niadem's Ghost, and was replaced by Paul (P. L.) Menel. Squawk Records used Vertigo VER cat number series. Distributed By Phonogram.

87 IQ Passing Strangers SQUAWK  VER 30
87 IQ Promises (As The Years Go By) - Edit SQUAWK  VER 34
89 IQ Sold On You SQUAWK  VER 42