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The Outfield


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The Outfield was an -influenced British / based in the East End of London, England. It’s members were bassist/singer Tony Lewis, guitarist/keyboardist and songwriter John Spinks, and drummer Alan Jackman. Originally known as the ‘Baseball Boys’ before singing with Columbia/CBS Records in 1984, the guys were unusual for a British band in that they enjoyed commercial success in the U.S. with hits such as “Your Love” but never reached the album or singles charts in their homeland.

They began recording during the mid-, picking up the name ‘Baseball Boys’ as a reference from a gang of hooligans from the cult film ‘The Warriors’. Changing things around to ‘The Outfield’, perhaps a hint of their later American success due to their affinity for U.S. culture, they released their first album, ‘Play Deep’, in 1985 through Columbia Records. Picking up critical acclaim for their melodic rock sound, the album reached #9 on the Billboard 200 list and ended up reaching triple platinum in America. Their single “Your Love” reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and it became their signature song. It has went on to be featured in a number of 80s-themed compilation albums, and over a thousand covers and remixes by other artists have been released physically and/or online. Other singles “Say It Isn’t So” and “Everytime You Cry” also made it into the top 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart.


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