Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1986 The Outfield – All The Love In The World

The British band Sirius B formed in the late seventies. The trio comprised singer Tony Lewis on bass, songwriter John Spinks on guitar and keyboards, and Alan Jackman on drums. The group wasn’t interested in being a part of the dominant punk scene, and when their power pop sound proved unsuccessful, they broke up.

The three joined up again in London a few years later as The Baseball Boys and Columbia Records signed the group to a recording contract. Their manager convinced them to change their name, and they became The Outfield even though they were not familiar with the term.

The group completed their first album in 1985. The first single from the album was Say It Isn’t So. The single failed to chart at all in their native UK or on the US Hot 100, but reached #18 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

The group began touring as the opening group for Journey and Starship, and in 1986 their second single helped their album go triple platinum. Your Love reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. It peaked at only #83 in the UK, a sign of what their career would look like in their home country.

The follow-up to that smash was All the Love in the World. The video for the single started with the end of Your Love playing in the background. The group’s single only reached #19 on the Hot 100 and #93 in the UK, and it was downhill from there.

The group found a new producer for their third album. The title track from the album became their lead single, Voices Of Babylon. The record peaked at #25 on the Hot 100. It produced their best showing on the Mainstream Rock chart where it reached #2. The record also was their best performing single in the UK, although reaching #78 was not noteworthy.

Alan left the group before the recording of the band’s fourth album and drummer Simon Dawson took his place. The single For You reached #21 on the Hot 100 in 1990 and proved to be their last visit to the top forty.

One more single almost reached the top forty in 1992. After that, the group couldn’t find the charts at all. Another album and three singles followed before the group took a break through most of the nineties. The group returned to touring in 1999.

The original members reunited in 2009, and another album came out in 2011.

John died from liver cancer in 2014, and that proved to be the final blow for the group.

Tony eventually started recording again and released a solo album in 2018.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outfield

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