The Outfield was an English rock band based in London, England. The band achieved success in the mid-1980s and is best remembered for their hit single, “Your Love”. The band’s lineup consisted of guitarist John Spinks, vocalist and bassist Tony Lewis, and drummer Alan Jackman. Drummer Alan Jackman left and, now as a duo, they recorded Diamond Days in 1991. After the disappointing response to their 1992 album Rockeye, which represented a shift towards progressive rock and arena rock, the group essentially disbanded in the 1990s. They resumed touring in 1998, and thereafter released two live albums via their website, along with a new studio album, Any Time Now in 2004, which was later re-released in 2006. In 2011, the band released their final album, Replay, with original drummer Alan Jackman re-joining the band. Spinks died in 2014 after which the group officially disbanded. On 22 March 2018, lead singer/bassist Tony Lewis announced a solo album called Out of the Darkness, which was released on 29 June 2018 through Madison Records. Here are all of The Outfield songs ranked.
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10. Alone with You (Bangin’, 1987)
“The Outfield had perfected to a fault. Here, for the most part, they still stick to the same formula of extremely melodic and catchy pop rock, but the songs have more unique identities, and they still manage to sound incredible.”
9. My Paradise (Voices of Babylon, 1989)
“Heard the snippet and had to get it! Fantastic song I don’t remember from the 80’s. Fast tempo and great beat! Nothing really came out and hit me here other than possibly My Paradise”
8. Somewhere in America (Bangin’, 1987)
“Maybe not quite as good as Play Deep as it would have been hard to top but you can’t go wrong with this great follow up.Once again loaded with memorable pop songs including the excellent title track.”
7. Inside Your Skin (Voices of Babylon, 1989)
” This song has nothing wrong with it. The production is so very ’80’s, but the nature of the song fits that kind of production perfectly.”
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6. Voices of Babylon (Voices of Babylon, 1989)
“Voices of Babylon is a very strong CD full of songs that soar and make you believe in your dreams again. Great vocals, guitars, and percussion are all here. Catch the videos from the album if you can. If you are a stickler for quality I recommend getting the CD as well for optimum sound quality.”
5. No Surrender (Bangin’, 1987)
“I love the atmospheres that both songs create, particularly the gentle ambiance of “No Surrender” and the mystery and creativity behind the structure of “Playground.” When it comes to that 80s pop rock sound, hardly anyone does it better than The Outfield; their attention to melody and harmony is incredible, and it’s at its best in these two songs.”
4. Since You’ve Been Gone (Bangin’, 1987)
“Expectations were pretty high when this one came out, since they had a number of great pop-rock numbers on their previous album. This one, though, didn’t do much more than ably fill four minutes on the radio. We were hoping for another “Your Love”, but we got another “Everytime You Cry”.
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3. All the Love In the World (Play Deep, 1985)
“The second consecutive awesome single by this trio. Once more, we get a ridiculously catchy melody married to just enough pop and rock that neither dominates. Also, again, we get lyrics that sing better than they read – “I only live for today/but I’m one day behind” seems deep on the surface but is just silly when given any thought. Who cares – crank it up and sing along anyway.”
2. Say It Isn’t So (Play Deep, 1985)
“This group is very capable of putting together many hook filled songs that stay in your head for days.They seem to crank them out effortlessly.This is a great example of their talent.”
1. Your Love (Play Deep, 1985)
“There’s nothing overly special about “Your Love”, its pretty much basic pop. But it is done so well that it quickly becomes a standout song. The lead singer is fantastic; his soaring vocals are one of the best examples of how well done this song is.”