Outskirts (album)

Outskirts is the debut studio album by Canadian country rock group Blue Rodeo, released in March 1987 through Risqué Disque. The singles "Try" and "Rose-Coloured Glasses" were hits in Canada, where "Outskirts" and "Rebel" also made the singles charts.

Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1987
GenreCountry rock
LabelRisqué Disque
ProducerTerry Brown
Blue Rodeo chronology
Diamond Mine
Singles from Outskirts
  1. "Try"
    Released: October 19, 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic link

To mark the 25th anniversary of the album, Blue Rodeo released a two-LP vinyl remixed edition, Outskirts Remix, on November 27, 2012.[1]

On the thirtieth anniversary of the album's release, Jim Cuddy posted the following message on the band's website: "The first night we started to make Outskirts was also the night my wife Rena went into labour with our first child Devin. So needless to say it was an unforgettable night. The record came out to a deafening silence. Not a single radio station played the first single, 'Outskirts'. We sold 5000 records which we thought was amazing but were told we would be dropped if nothing else happened. So much has happened since then but I still hold onto the feelings from those early days of tearing it up in a club with nothing to lose. We could never have dreamed of being where we are today and looking back on 30 years of playing music together. Sometimes life surprises you."

Track listing

All songs written by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy.

  1. "Heart Like Mine" – 4:38
  2. "Rose-Coloured Glasses" – 4:25
  3. "Rebel" – 3:47
  4. "Joker's Wild" – 4:02
  5. "Piranha Pool" – 6:27
  6. "Outskirts" – 4:45
  7. "Underground" – 5:05
  8. "5 Will Get You Six" – 4:22
  9. "Try" – 4:03
  10. "Floating" – 7:32

Chart performance

Chart (1987) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[2] 4× Platinum


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