Calling on Youth

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Calling on Youth
Studio album by The Outsiders
Released May 1977
Recorded August–September 1976 at Raw Edge Studio; early 1977 at Pathway Studios
Genre Punk rock, hard rock, garage rock
Label Raw Edge
Producer The Outsiders
The Outsiders chronology
Calling on Youth
Close Up

Calling on Youth is the debut studio album by English punk rock band The Outsiders, led by Adrian Borland, who would go on to form The Sound. It was released in May 1977 by record label Raw Edge.


In 1973, vocalist/guitarist Adrian Borland and school friends Adrian "Jan" Janes and Bob Lawrence had performed as Syndrome. The band played few gigs and primarily focused on recording their music onto cassettes at home. The band eventually changed their name to The Outsiders, and played gigs at The Roxy with bands such as Generation X, The Jam and The Vibrators.[1]


Borland designed the album cover for Calling on Youth as well as coming up with the name for the album's record label, Raw Edge. Calling on Youth was mainly recorded in the Borland family home from August to September 1976. engineering was handled by Adrian's father, Bob. Further tracks were recorded or re-recorded in early 1977 at Pathway Studios.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adrian Borland

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Calling on Youth"   2:17
2. "Break Free"   4:00
3. "On the Edge"   3:40
4. "Hit and Run"   2:34
5. "Start Over"   5:21
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Weird"   4:09
2. "I'm Screwed Up"   5:17
3. "Walking Through a Storm"   5:07
4. "Terminal Case"   3:01


Released in May 1977, Calling on Youth is considered by some to be the first punk LP independently issued in Britain.[2] The record label on which the album was released, Raw Edge, was set up by frontman Adrian Borland's parents.[2] Not all the costs of producing the album were recouped.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
NME negative[3]
Sounds unfavourable[4]

Calling on Youth was poorly received by critics. Sounds described the album as "terribly premature".[4]


  • Adrian Borland – vocals, guitar, production
  • Bob Lawrence – bass guitar, production
  • Adrian Janes – drums, production
  • Bob Borland – engineering
  • Chas Herington – engineering


  1. ^ a b c 2012 reissue sleve notes.
  2. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "Calling on Youth – The Outsiders: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Burchill, Julie (October 1977). "[NME review]". NME. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Savage, Jon (June 1977). "[Sounds review]". Sounds. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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