Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Outfield's Music

I thought that I would add more to my list 80's rock song blogs. This one by a band which is similar to Mr. Mister but sounds very much like The Police, The Outfield. This was a 3-piece band fronted by bassist/vocalist Tony Lewis, who is often compared to Sting (who is also a bassist/vocalist). The other steady member was guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist John Spinks. The drummer position shifted around, but the original drummer was Alan Jackman. Their band name came from their love for baseball.
The Outfield had a good number of hits, including: "Everytime You Cry," "Your Love," "Since You've Been Gone," "Winning It All," "All The Love," and "Alone With You." They definitely followed a formula which included prominent drum beats, intricate 2-part harmony, and lots of reverb. However, they were a pretty solid band with great vocals.
Also, it's interesting how little known they are, despite their large amount of hits, which had a very good amount of radio play. The only explanation I can think of is the fact that the majority of their hits were on their debut album. After this album, not only did they change drummers, but their sound drastically changed. This sound wasn't quite as popular as the first, and this was probably why they went down. However, one would think that they would still have a solid fan-base, but I guess we'll never know exactly. They are still performing and recording today, and that in itself is respectable.
But let's not condemn them. They were extremely popular at their prime, much like Mr. Mister and The Police. However, they're music was much more accessable than Mr. Mister's, and they were much more popular. The Police's longevity may only be because of their expertly timed breaking up and Sting's legendary solo career, (which in itself may only be great because of The Police's falling out). The Outfield did not dispand. They pursued on and changed sounds. Sometimes this works to a bands favor and sometimes it does not. However, you can never predict where popular entertainment will move to next.

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