The Outsider (song)

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"The Outsider"
The Outsider - Single.jpg
Single by A Perfect Circle
from the album Thirteenth Step
Released March 5, 2004
Genre Alternative rock, alternative metal
Length 4:06
Songwriter(s) Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel
Producer(s) Billy Howerdel
Maynard James Keenan (Executive)
A Perfect Circle singles chronology
"Weak and Powerless"
"The Outsider"
"Weak and Powerless"
"The Outsider"

"The Outsider" is a song from A Perfect Circle's second album, Thirteenth Step. It uses a 6/8 and 4/4 time signature. Two remixes of "The Outsider" were made for aMOTION. James Iha made the "Frosted Yogurt mix", which uses a much more toned-down, quiet, synthesized sound than the original.[1] Danny Lohner's "Apocalypse Mix" is a darker, heavier version that starts as an ambient doomscape and ends in a way that resembles a music-playback program crashing. The latter version was included in the soundtrack to the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse under the title "Resident Renholder Mix" and also in the Prison Break soundtrack under the title "Apocalypse mix". The "Resident Renholder Mix" of the song was featured in the premiere trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife.[2] It is also featured in the film during the Alice vs. Albert Wesker battle and the ending credits. Additionally, the song is in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock [3] and the trailer for the movie Safe.[4]

The lyrics to "The Outsider" at face value, are in judgement of a potentially self-destructive or suicidal individual, though Maynard clarified that the song's message was meant to be a criticism of people who do not understand the struggles of people dealing with depression.[5]

Chart history[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 79[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 5[8]


  1. ^ "The Outsider (Frosted Yogurt Mix)". WhoSampled. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Resident Evil: Apocalypse [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Arthur Gies and Craig Harris (11 September 2010). "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Preview". IGN. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  4. ^ SAFE Trailer 2012 Jason Statham - Official [HD]. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2016 – via YouTube. 
  5. ^ Amotion, A Perfect Circle, DVD commentary.
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