1. Outside

Running length
18 tracks
Running time
72:43

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Leon Takes Us Outside 1:25 44,164
2 Outside 4:04 43,389
3 The Hearts Filthy Lesson 3:32 26,754
4 A Small Plot Of Land 6:34 37,165
5 Segue - Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette) 1:39 14,147
6 Hallo Spaceboy 5:14 75,749
7 The Motel 6:49 40,410
8 I Have Not Been To Oxford Town 3:47 34,104
9 No Control 4:33 35,802
10 Segue - Algeria Touchshriek 2:03 19,623
11 The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty) 4:21 22,393
12 Segue - Ramona A. Stone / I Am With Name 4:01 1,208
13 Wishful Beginnings 5:08 25,929
14 We Prick You 4:33 30,872
15 Segue - Nathan Adler 1:00 15,894
16 I'm Deranged 4:31 46,120
17 Thru' These Architect's Eyes 4:22 583
19 Strangers When We Meet 5:07 40,357

About this album

Conceived in 1994 following a jam session between Bowie and Brian Eno, Outside was to be an epic 2-disc long cyberpunk twinged story but as marketing such a behemoth was difficult it was eventually whittled down to the more digestible size that was ultimately released. The original version of “I Am With White”, for example was 22 minutes long.

A trilogy of albums was planned (thus the numerical designation in the album title) but following the mixed reviews of the album it was abandoned (or at least put on indefinite hiatus). The full title was “The Diary of Nathan Adler, or the Ritual Art-Murder of Baby Grace Blue: A non-linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle” with the three parts sub-titled differently. (“1. Outside”, “2. Contamination”, etc.)

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  • MishMog

    Porbably the most underestimated album of all time imho. P E R F E C T I O N

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • dmaxRadio

    Ignore the people who couldn't rise to the challenge and release the rest of this! It's murder, but is it art?

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • zimmerman6290

    We need the Rest of the Set ! [2]

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • DominoDub

    We need the Rest of the Set !

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Roope75

    Apart from the Berlin Trilogy, Outside is my favorite Bowie album. The Motel is one of his best songs ever.

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • antheaize

    Is one of my favourite album!

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Ackibear

    If this album didn't have the segues, it'd be fantastic. Those segues just seem like pointless fillers.

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • spidia

    An amazing album, though it's not for people who only listen to singles...

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • huntingcrop

    h.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • syllannibal

    Masterpiece...

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • HPH

    The segues are really annoying.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Malizer

    I love it... It was the first album of Bowie that I buy... Great album!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Dr_Baltar

    The best Bowie Album ever ! if you´re up to more sound just like that, come and join the "Outside" group here on Last.fm !!! "Hearts filthy lesson" is still my favourite, mostly because of the Video !!! @David: Don´t let us wait till our death for "2.Contamination" !!

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • airy3que

    As a lover of jazz music, who sometimes feels like rock is too dumbed down to be a proper art form, I think this album all by itself is a validation of 50 years of the entire genre.

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    Best Bowie album ahead of Low. Brilliant stuff.

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • inhocvince

    This album was never well received, either by fans or record companies. It is Eno and Bowie high on drugs, and it is very hard tripping. Certainly one of my favorite all time albums!

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • watchxthis

    P.S. I kind of blame Brian Eno for this release. At the time, he was also muddying up Laurie Anderson with the Bright Red project. It was as though the discussion was, "just be as vague as you can! Someone will apply meaning somewhere for you!". But yes. Strangers When We Meet is still one of his best. Probably because it wasn't even written for the album.

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • watchxthis

    It's always bewildering to read fan reactions to this album, which is astonishingly awful as a whole. The concept is non-existent and impossible to translate into the songs (except for extremely vague and casual references to things like the Minotaur, Baby Grace and Ramona), and the majority of the songs are just completely void of character. Sure, the prospect of Bowie doing an industrial album is extremely exciting, but the reality is much more disappointing, apart from the exhilirating Hallo Spaceboy, The Heart's Filthy Lesson, the title track, and Strangers When We Meet. If the rest of the album was up to the standard of these songs, as opposed to what feels like an endless reworking of the same theme, it would have not only more immediate appeal, but lasting appeal as well. 1. Outside will never have the permanence his earlier work does. And have you READ the liner notes? What a piece of bullshit. P.S. And yes, the PSB remix of Spaceboy is shit. The others aren't bad.

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • elevensoul

    i got this tape for my sixteenth birthday. and it is still (at 28) my favorite album of all time.

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • nigeyb

    '1.Outside' is actually one of his best albums full stop. Some of the in-character interludes are a tad annoying but the music is brilliant. Dark, futuristic electro-rock with some great vocals from DB. Glorious, creative, demented, inventive stuff.

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
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