Outskirts (album)

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Studio album by Blue Rodeo
Released March 1987
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre Country rock
Length 49:06
Label Risque Disque
Producer Terry Brown
Blue Rodeo chronology
Diamond Mine
(1989)Diamond Mine1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Outskirts is the 1987 debut album by Blue Rodeo. The singles "Try" and "Rose-Coloured Glasses" were hits for the band in their native Canada, where "Outskirts" and "Rebel" also made the singles charts.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the album, Blue Rodeo released a two-LP vinyl remixed edition, Outskirts Remix, on November 27, 2012.[1]

On the thirtieth anniversary of the album's release, Jim Cuddy posted the following message on the band's website: "The first night we started to make Outskirts was also the night my wife Rena went into labour with our first child Devin. So needless to say it was an unforgettable night. The record came out to a deafening silence. Not a single radio station played the first single, 'Outskirts'. We sold 5000 records which we thought was amazing but were told we would be dropped if nothing else happened. So much has happened since then but I still hold onto the feelings from those early days of tearing it up in a club with nothing to lose. We could never have dreamed of being where we are today and looking back on 30 years of playing music together. Sometimes life surprises you."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heart Like Mine" – 4:38
  2. "Rose-Coloured Glasses" – 4:25
  3. "Rebel" – 3:47
  4. "Joker's Wild" – 4:02
  5. "Piranha Pool" – 6:27
  6. "Outskirts" – 4:45
  7. "Underground" – 5:05
  8. "5 Will Get You Six" – 4:22
  9. "Try" – 4:03
  10. "Floating" – 7:32

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[2] 4× Platinum