The Outfield









The Outfield

The Outfield

is a British pop rock music group which is located in London, England. The band started recording in the 1980's and released their first album in 1985. The album was called Play Deep, and it went triple platinum in America. The band had great commercial success in America but never received the same success in their own country. They never reached album or singles charts in their country like they did in the United States. They began their career in the mid 1980's and continued through the mid 1990's. They took a break for a few years then resumed touring in 1998. They also released more albums and their latest one was, Any Time Now, and it was released with the Sidewinder Records label, in March, 2006.

The band was originally formed in London, England and the band used the name, The Baseball Boys. The members consisted of Tony Lewis (bass guitar player and vocalist), John Spinks (guitar and keyboard player as well as songwriter), and Alan Jackman (drum player). The band played around the London area until their demo got them a contract with Columbia CBS Records, in 1984. Their first album, Play Deep, had a single from it called, Your Love, which reached the Top 10 Singles chart in the U. S.. The band toured a lot with the bands called, Starship and Journey, and performed the opening act. In 1987, the band released their second album called, Banginí. The album was not as successful as Play Deep but it did have 2 hit singles from it. They were, Since Youíve Been Gone, and No Surrender. The band did a tour opening for Night Ranger, and promoting their own third album, Voices of Babylon, in 1989. Alan Jackman left the group after the album was released, and was replaced by Paul Reed for their next concert tour. The band was beginning to fade in popularity about this time also.

Spinks and Lewis went on as a duo and started recording for the MCA Records label and released , Diamond Days, in 1990. From this album came the hit single, For You, which reached the Top 20 singles chart in the U. S.. Following close behind that one came, One Hot Country, which was included on the soundtrack for the movie, If Looks Could Kill, in 1991. The band released, Rockeye, in 1992. Simon Dawson played on the recording of this release and he became the bandís permanent third member. After a break the band began to play in local pubs again in their own neighborhood for awhile before they continued touring in 1998 and in the 2000's they regrouped with Alan Jackman and released 2 live collections. The band has released a total of 12 albums and 10 singles to date.