Thursday, November 2, 1978

The Police Outlandos D’Amour

Outlandos D’Amour

The Police

Released: November 2, 1978

Peak: 23 US, 6 UK, 22 CN, 15 AU

Sales (in millions): 3.61 US, 0.3 UK, 6.5 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: new wave


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Next to You [2:50]
  2. So Lonely [4:49] (11/3/78, 10 CL, 5 CO, 6 UK)
  3. Roxanne [3:12] (4/7/78, 32 US, 31 CB, 39 HR, 1 CL, 2 CO, 12 UK, 31 CN, 34 AU)
  4. Hole in My Life [4:52]
  5. Peanuts (Copeland/Sting) [3:58]
  6. Can’t Stand Losing You [2:58] (8/14/78, 8 CL, 8 CO, 2 UK)
  7. Truth Hits Everybody [2:53]
  8. Born in the ‘50s [3:40]
  9. Be My Girl – Sally (Sting/Summers) [3:22]
  10. Masoko Tanga [5:40]

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 38:14

The Players:

  • Sting (vocals, bass)
  • Andy Summers (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion, backing vocals)


4.117 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)

Quotable: “Unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the ‘70s punk/new wave movement” – Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“While their subsequent chart-topping albums would contain far more ambitious songwriting and musicianship, the Police's 1978 debut, Outlandos d'Amour (translation: Outlaws of Love) is by far their most direct and straightforward release.” AMG

“Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-‘70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge.” AMG

“Some of it may have been simplistic (Be My Girl-Sally, Born in the '50s), but Sting was already an ace songwriter, as evidenced by all-time classics like the good-girl-gone-bad tale of Roxanne, and a pair of brokenhearted reggae-rock ditties, Can't Stand Losing You and So Lonely.” AMG

“But like all other Police albums, the lesser-known album cuts are often highlights themselves — the frenzied rockers Next to You, Peanuts, and Truth Hits Everybody, as well as more exotic fare like the groovy album closer Masoko Tanga and the lonesome Hole in My Life. Outlandos d'Amour is unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the ‘70s punk/new wave movement.” AMG

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First posted 3/22/2008; last updated 8/25/2021.

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