If you’ve been dying for that classic first-wave UK punk sound, The Outsiders are here to help. Captured Tracks re-issued Close Up, which has been long out of print, and I’m shocked none of my colleagues got to this before I did! Sorry I’m just now finding about this but hey… now you know, right? The band cites The Velvet Underground as their main influence, and when you consider the era it’s not surprising at all. The band might have had dismal album sales, but they seemed to influence anyone who got a hold of their records to start their own bands. The Outsiders on Close Up really capture the Detroit rock sound as specified in the album’s synopsis and with that, Close Up veers off in to, at the very least gets pretty close to, post-punk territory.

Ultimately, Close Up is a meshing of post-punk, punk, psych rock, and garage rock and if you’re looking for a trip to the past, pick this up for a measly $13… if you’re stateside. If you’re over the ocean, or just outside of our territory, it’s unfortunately not going to be so cheap. If it’s any added incentive, Phil King’s diary entries during the band’s period of activity are included; if you don’t know who that is, he was in Lush, Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and The Servants. Check out the Spotify stream of Close Up below and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK’s punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band.

The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their own Raw Edge label. With Close Up, the band matured and further developed into the punk sound that was clearly a gateway to Borlandís work with The Sound. The band were clearly influenced by the Detroit rock sound of The Stooges and were even joined on stage by Iggy Pop himself for their rendition of ìRaw Powerî. Long out of print on vinyl, this reissue provides a great look into not only the development of the legendary Adrian Borland, but also a look into the transitional phase of UK rock from classic to punk.

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