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The Outfield Biography

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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1984 — present
Genres: Pop, Rock, Power Pop, Country Rock

The Outfield is a rock/power pop trio based in London, England. The trio came together in the early 1980s and released their debut album, “Play Deep” in 1985 on Columbia Records. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart and reached triple platinum status. The band is best known for their hit single, “Your Love,” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band's beginning can be traced back to the late 70s when singer Tony Lewis, guitarist John Spinks, and drummer Alan Jackman began playing together in a pop band called Sirius B. The band was not a success as punk-rock dominated England at the time, so they disbanded after six months. The 1980s saw the band reunite and play gigs in and around London. Their demo tape found its way into the hands of a Columbia/CBS Records rep in 1984 and The Outfield were signed.

The band earned a reputation for having an “American sound” and was a hit with American audiences during their extensive U.S. tour opening up for Journey and Starship. 1987 saw the release of the band's second album, “Bangin,'“ which was unable to match the acclaim and commercial success of their debut. By the time the band put out their third album, “Voices of Babylon,” in 1989 their popularity began to diminish. Jackman left the band at this point; leaving Spinks and Lewis to continue on as a duo. The duo switched labels and began recording their next album, “Diamond Days” for MCA Records in 1991. The album, and its successor, was a commercial disappointment. As a result the duo changed musical direction towards a more progressive arena rock sound. The duo decided to take an indefinite hiatus during the mid-1990s as the musical climate began to shift towards grunge music.

In 1998 the band re-emerged with two live albums, a new band member, Simon Dawson, and a new record deal with Sidewinder Records. 2006 saw the band release, “Any Time Now” and 2009 marked the return of original drummer Alan Jackman. 2011 marked the release of the band's first album together as a trio in twenty years. “Replay” saw the band return to their traditional pop/rock roots, and produced two #1 hit singles, “California Sun” and “A Long, Long Time Ago.”