THE OUTCASTS - Self Conscious Over You

THE OUTCASTS   Self Conscious Over You  cd  1994
Self Conscious Over You / Clinical Love / One Day / Love Is For Sops / You're A Disease / Love You For Never / The Princess Grew Up A Frog / Cyborg / School Teacher / Spiteful Sue / The Cops Are Coming / Just Another Teenage Rebel.
Produced by The Outcasts.
The Outcasts: Colin Cowan: drums / Martin Cowan: rhythm guitar & vocals / Greg Cowan: lead vocals & bass / Getty: lead guitar.

The band formed in early 1977, with an initial line up of Blair Hamilton (vocals), Greg Cowan (bass), Colin "Getty" Getgood (lead guitar), and Greg's brothers Colin Cowan (drums), and Martin Cowan (rhythm guitar). According to Greg Cowan, their name derived from the fact that they were banned from five clubs in one week. Hamilton left the band within a month of its formation, with Greg Cowan taking over vocals.
The band played their first gig in May 1977, playing a mixture of their own songs and cover versions of songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned and The Ramones. After building a strong local following, they were picked up by the local It record label, who released the band's debut single, "Frustration", in May 1978. They were then signed to Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label, who released "Justa Nother Teenage Rebel" in November 1978, which saw the band receiving airplay on national radio from John Peel.

A further single and the band's debut album, "Self Conscious Over You" followed in 1979. Shortly before the album was released, Greg Cowan was involved in a serious car crash that left him in traction for fourteen weeks and unable to play bass, so Gordy Blair (of another Belfast band, Rudi) joined, with Raymond Falls also joining on drums, because, according to Cowan, "Colin was such a bad drummer".Trouble followed the band around, and this led to them being sacked from Good Vibrations, so their next release was on their own GBH label in 1981, the "Magnum Force" single. This was followed by the band's first Peel Session for BBC Radio 1. GBH became Outcasts Only, and their next releases was the Programme Love EP in 1981. In 1982 they released a cover of The Glitter Band's "Angel Face", which spent over two months in the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 21. The band were struck a massive blow when Colin Cowan was killed in a car crash. Colin was described by his brother Greg as "the core of the band. He started The Outcasts, he even gave the band its name".

The large attendance at Colin's funeral prompted the band to play a thankyou gig at the Harp Bar, and the positive reaction convinced the band that they should carry on. They recorded a second Peel session and released the "Blood and Thunder" album on Abstract Records, which reached number 20 in the indie album chart.  A few more singles and the "Seven Deadly Sins" mini-album followed, but the band split up in early 1985. Greg Cowan, Martin and Getty started a new band, Time To Pray, but this only lasted until 1986. Ray Falls joined the army. Greg Cowan returned in 2003 with an "Irish punk supergroup" along with members of Rudi and Stalag 17, performing at the book launch of It Makes You Want to Spit!, which is still going as Shame Academy. In August 2011 The Outcasts played on Rebellion festival in Blackpool. Source

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THE OUTCASTS: "Self Conscious Over You" 1979 (cd Dojo Rds version 1994)

Their LP 'Self Conscious Over You' (Good Vibrations, 1979) was recorded over 5 days at Wizard Studios in Belfast in April 1979 and released 3 months later, the album featured sax on 3 of the tracks and was a little poppier than previous recordings, though a cheap production helped maintain the punk feel of their earlier work. 'You're A Disease', 'Love Is For Sops' and 'The Cops Are Comin' were all re-recorded for this LP, none were as good as the originals. Despite being a little naive lyrically, this still stands up as a good album. Two of the best songs from the LP 'Self Conscious Over You' / 'Love You For Never' (Good Vibrations, 1979) were released as a single a few months later 'Self Conscious Over You' always reminds me of the Glitter Band's hit 'Just For You' complete with a sax break, handclaps and a catchy chorus. 'Love You For Never' is just as good featuring the classic line "...being in love only means you pay for two"

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Ravachol a dit…

Merci. Dur à trouver. Vaut le coup rien que pour Teenage Rebel. Jetez une oreille sur la compile Good Vibrations et le film du même nom, aussi.


Merci pour les infos !!! La compil sur le label "Good Vibrations" est excellente par contre je connais pas le film: je jette un oeil...

Chris Damned a dit…

Damned ! Que de bons souvenirs cet Lp... Un poids d'origine balaise pour l'époque (le 180 gr n'était pas à la mode). Une galette super épaisse. Bien mieux que la suite, même la cover de 1969 était faiblarde...

MERCI, donc !

Anonyme a dit…

SOTD, toujours classe. Chouette album, auquel j'ai toujours trouvé beaucoup de charme à cause de ce son un peu frêle... Les disques suivants ne sont pas si mal, cela étant, un peu trop produits à l'opposé, mais avec des mélodies très au-dessus du lot.


Absolument d'accord !