The Outsiders

Strange Things Are Happening: The Complete Singles 1965-1969

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Prior to the 2002 release of this compilation, everything done by the Outsiders was well-represented on CD except for the bulk of their singles. That was a shame, as their dozen 1965-1969 singles contained much of their best work. That gap is entirely rectified by this exemplary compilation, which includes both sides of all dozen of their 1965-1969 singles. Although some of these had appeared as bonus tracks on CD reissues of the albums The Outsiders, C.Q., and C.Q. Sessions, a bunch of these hadn't, including some of their very best songs. Among those songs would be the wistful continental folk-rock of "Summer Is Here"; "Monkey on Your Back," one of their most lyrically challenging pieces; the gentle folk-rock of "I've Been Loving You So Long," "Teach Me to Forget," and "Don't You Worry About Me"; and the downright berserk experimental punk of "I'm Only Trying to Prove to Myself That I'm Not Like Everybody Else." There's much more here to bolster their claim to the title of best '60s rock group to hail from a non-English-speaking territory, like the Pretty Things-style rave-up "You Mistreat Me"; the sexy pounder "Touch"; the Eastern European-influenced minor-keyed punk-folk-rock of "Sun's Going Down"; and the gloomy psych-punk of their final 45, "Do You Feel Allright"/"Daddy Died on Saturday." While the 1968 single "Cup of Hot Coffee" might be their poppiest and weakest effort, it's long been their hardest track to acquire, and its availability on CD is welcome. Die-hard collectors might want to note that the take of "Touch" here is the original single version, not the other take included on previous Outsiders compilations, while the mixes of "I Don't Care" and "You Remind Me" are the single versions, not the ones heard as bonus tracks to the C.Q. CD reissue. The extensive liner notes include many insightful quotes from Outsiders singer Wally Tax.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:59
2 2:40
3 2:45
4
3:24
5 3:14
6 2:46
7 2:58
8 2:36
9 3:12
10 5:56
11 3:43
12 3:17
13 3:26
14 3:13
15 3:22
16 2:31
17 3:26
18 3:02
19 3:17
20 2:32
21 2:42
22 2:49
23 3:27
24 3:02
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