Outsiders were Wimbledon's official entry into the 1977 UK punk menagerie. The
line-up of Adrian Borland (vocals, guitar) (who later went on to form seminal post-punkers The Sound), Bob Lawrence (bass), and Adrian
Janes (aka Jan - drums) had in fact been playing together for a few years
before punk took off. Citing the Velvet Underground as their main influence,
The Outsiders was a classic example of an existing band that, through the
explosion of punk, managed to elevate themselves to a higher level, there by
securing more gigs and even getting records released.The band's music is rooted
in classic rock and roll, but served with adequate amounts of speed and
attitude to fully warrant the use of the punk rock tag.
uncommonly for the times, The Outsiders’ first release was not a 7”, but an
album. Financed in large by Adrian Borland’s parents, the LP "Calling On Youth”
was released in 1,000 copies on The Outsiders’ own Raw Edge label in May of
1977 (some of the album’s recordings date back to 1976). The music is produced
as well as mixed by the band and the cover is designed by Adrian Borland. The LP
has the honour of being the very first DIY-released punk album by a UK group.
Musically, it is a sprawling affair with everything from acoustic takes to
harder edged punk rock.
finally in November came the group’s first 7” and The Outsiders transformation
into a 100% punk band was now in place. There is no acoustic guitars or
extended solos in ear-sight on the "One To Infinity” 7” EP. This
cataclysmically great and underrated EP (included here) contains four razor
cuts deploying a catchy buzzsaw punk sound in the vein of The Saints. By all
factors, this 4-tracker is a vintage 1977 punk record.
is the first time this record has been released on CD and comes with full
endorsement from the Borland estate and new extensive notes by Brittle Heaven’s
Rients Bootsma as well as being re-mastered with the
help of Robert Borland.
The Outsiders’ raw–boned debut album, Calling On Youth, appeared in May 1977 and boasts the
distinction of, being, in essence, the first independently-released punk album,
unsurprisingly both LP and band fell foul of music press punk Puritanism.” Record Collector, June 2012
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