The Outfield were an English rock band based in London, England. The band achieved success in the mid-1980s and are best remembered for their hit single, “Your Love”. The band’s lineup consisted of guitarist John Spinks, vocalist and bassist Tony Lewis and drummer Alan Jackman.
They had an unusual experience for a British band in that they enjoyed commercial success in the US, but never in their homeland. The band began recording during the mid-1980s, and released their first album, Play Deep, in 1985 through Columbia Records. The album reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 list and then reached triple platinum in the United States. The band’s single “Your Love” reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and it became their signature song. The band continued to record and tour through the 1980s and then into the early 1990s.
“Your Love” was taken from their debut album Play Deep (1985). The song was written by the band’s guitarist John Spinks.
In the United States, the song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1986. Since its release, the song has appeared on many ’80s-themed compilations, as well as movies and TV shows.
The song was written by Outfield guitarist John Spinks. Spinks was living in east London and invited the vocalist of the band, Tony Lewis, to his flat for a writing session. The two developed “Your Love” on the porch of the flat. Lewis sat on an amplifier and Spinks began writing the opening lyrics. According to Lewis, the song took only twenty minutes to write. The song’s lyrics have no basis in reality: “Josie” was not a real person, and the song is an entirely invented story. Afterwards, the band began recording demos for their debut album Play Deep with producer William Wittman, who had also worked with Cyndi Lauper and the Fixx. The initial demo was softer in tone, and Wittman encouraged the band to take a more hard rock approach to its sound. To this end, the group were inspired by the Who, and Lewis’s vocal arrangement was heavily inspired by the Police vocalist Sting.