The Outsiders (British band)

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The Outsiders
Also known as Syndrome (1975)
Origin Wimbledon, England
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1975 (1975)–1979 (1979)
Associated acts The Sound
Past members Adrian Borland
Bob Lawrence
Adrian Janes

The Outsiders were an English punk rock group, formed in 1975 in Wimbledon, England and consisting of singer-guitarist Adrian Borland, bass guitarist Bob Lawrence and drummer Adrian Janes – the former two of which would go on to form the critically successful post-punk band The Sound.

Their debut LP, Calling on Youth, was the first self-released punk album in the UK.

History[edit]

The Outsiders formed in Wimbledon, London, England in 1975. They were originally called Syndrome, but changed their name to "The Outsiders" in 1976, inspired by Albert Camus' novel The Outsider.[1]

Their debut LP, Calling on Youth, was the first self-released punk album in the UK.[2]

Vocalist-guitarist Adrian Borland was central to the group, rounded out by Bob Lawrence on bass guitar and Adrian "Jan" Janes on drums.[3] Their debut LP, Calling On Youth, was self-released on their Raw Edge label in May 1977,[2] and won them unfavourable reviews: "apple-cheeked Ade has a complexion that would turn a Devon milkmaid green with envy", reported Julie Burchill of the New Musical Express.[4]

An EP that November, One to Infinity, was labelled as "Tuneless, gormless, gutless... I like them a lot" by Tony Parsons in the NME,[5] but was praised in a less contradictory manner elsewhere.[6]

It was followed by a second album, Close Up, in 1979. This received better, but still cautious, reviews from the press;[7] the NME concluded that it was a patchy album, but from "a band with a future".[8]

After this album, Lawrence and Janes left, and Borland went on to front the critically successful post-punk group The Sound.[9][10][11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
Singles
  • "Vital Hours" (1978), Xciting Plastic – withdrawn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Outsiders | Biography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Poulsen, Henrik (2008). "The Outsiders". 77: The Year of Punk and New Wave. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Strong (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. p. 592. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. 
  4. ^ Burchill, Julie (October 1977). "The Outsiders – Calling on Youth". NME. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Parsons, Tony (26 November 1977). "[One to Infinity review]". New Musical Express. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Mercer, Mick (1978). "[One to Infinity review]". [Magazine unknown]. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Hall, Philip (12 April 1979). "[Close Up review]". Record Mirror. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Hamblett, John (7 April 1979). "[Close Up review]". New Musical Express. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Sound Microsite". renascent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Brittle Heaven – The Official Adrian Borland Website". Brittle Heaven. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Brittle Heaven – The Official Adrian Borland Website". Brittle Heaven. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015.