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Outsider / In - The Collection Double CD

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  • Audio CD (9 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • ASIN: B0084BCUM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Show Girl
  2. How Could I Be Wrong
  3. Lenny Valentino
  4. The Upper Classes
  5. New French Girlfriend
  6. Daughter of a Child - The Auteurs vs µ-ziq
  7. Back With the Killer (Again)
  8. Light Aircraft On Fire
  9. Tombstone
  10. Child Brides
  11. Unsolved Child Murder
  12. Underground Movies - The Auteurs vs µ-ziq
  13. Chinese Bakery
  14. I'm a Rich Man's Toy
  15. Valet Parking
  16. Starstruck
  17. Home Again
  18. Subculture

Disc: 2

  1. Baader Meinhof - Baader Meinhof
  2. Back On the Farm - Baader Meinhof
  3. The Rubettes
  4. England, Scotland and Wales - Luke Haines
  5. Discomania - Luke Haines
  6. The Spook Manifesto - Luke Haines
  7. The Oliver Twist Manifesto - Luke Haines
  8. The Mitford Sisters - Luke Haines and The Auteurs
  9. Das Capital Overture - Luke Haines and The Auteurs
  10. England Vs America - Luke Haines
  11. Death of Sarah Lucas - Luke Haines
  12. What Happens When We Die - Luke Haines
  13. In the Bleak Midwinter - Luke Haines
  14. Get Wrecked at Home
  15. There's Gonna Be an Accident - Baader Meinhof
  16. GSG 29 - Baader Meinhof

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Occasionally, what I do (and have done) is referred to as my career . The term career tends to stump me. Isn't a career something to do with joining the civil service?

Anyhow, it's been less of a career, more of a war; a war against the vacuous, the unrighteous, the unholy, the unstylish (the stylish), the unfunny, the unlovely, the uninspired, the unimaginative. The baddies, the goodies and every other sucker caught in no man's land. (Luke Haines, 2012)
Outsider/In: The Collection delves into the mind and works of singer/songwriter Luke Haines, in many of his musical forms, offering a comprehensive and tell-all 2CD representation of a career steeped in controversy, ups - downs and everything in between.

The collection, compiled with the help of Luke Haines, features 34 tracks from across his career, rarities and a note from the well documented outsider of Britpop .

BBC Review

Luke Haines’ third ‘greatest hits’ collection, Outsider/In contains precisely zero top 40 singles. But this is still the most straightforward, least-cantankerous attempt yet made at capturing his early brilliance, mostly delivered under the banner of The Auteurs.

No doubt Haines’ recent oddball fame as Britpop-skewering memoirist and surprisingly affable documentary star prodded Outsider/In into production. Haines’ previous compilations, the Las-Vegas-indie reworkings of Das Capital and the oddities ‘n’ obscurities behemoth Luke Haines is Dead, were typically contrarian; but Outsider/In presents 36 of his finest early songs unadorned.

Showgirl immediately begins the wrong-footing: it kicks off as brash, jangling, garden variety indie pop before pausing, sighing with disdain, and proceeding on a far more languid, melancholic and beautiful path. Proceedings end with the wordless weirdness of Gsg-29, a grimy funk jam from Haines’ brief period working under the name of a West German terrorist gang, Baader Meinhof. That such provocation was not unusual for Haines may partly explain the general public’s stubborn resistance to his particular charms.

In between, the songs veer between eccentric and acidic (Death of Sarah Lucas’ shimmering, simmering loathing; Discomania’s sinister scuzz) and elegant and eloquent (Starstruck’s muted melancholy; The Rubettes’ nostalgia-dazzled swoon). The bruising, buzzsaw-glam of Lenny Valentino charted at 41, a typically Haines-ian near-miss. Most songs approach perfection, and at least two reach that rare and hallowed ground.

On the impossibly graceful The Upper Classes, Haines takes us on a slow stroll around the stately homes of England, his bloodied blade barely concealed beneath his tour guide’s uniform. Listen carefully and you can hear Jarvis Cocker scribbling notes. And in two sublime minutes, Unsolved Child Murder unfolds one of the most gorgeous, perfectly crafted melodies in all pop.

Haines’ small but rabid fanbase will no doubt grumble over certain omissions and admissions, but the above-noted two songs alone earn Haines his place as one of England’s greatest songwriters. “The next generation will get it from the start,” Haines once sneered at those overlooking his work. Outsider/In is a fine place for them to get started.

--Michael Cragg

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Be in no doubt: this man understands what is wrong (and therefore what is right) with Britain. He should be Prime Minister. But he will have to settle for being the Indie Guy Fawkes with a gleaming pate, manic glint in his eye and a strangled Les Paul.

Here, collected, are most of his finest moments and for a tidy price too, conscious consumers! The (mis)Hits just keep on coming . . . Chuckle along with Unsolved Child Murder. Guffaw sardonically at the Death of Sarah Lucas, relive those crazy German terrorist capers with Baader Meinhoff. Oh yes, it's Fun Fun Fun all the way with our Mr Haines!

Watch out, though, because under the twisted humour and the guitar grind lies one of the most subtle tunesmiths this country has produced. And there are tender moments here too. Valet Parking comes close to pathos. But fairly swiftly we are back on queasy ground with Light Aircraft on Fire and all is well in Hainesworld once more.

None of these songs troubled the Top 40 and yet they track the real story of Britannia and her struggle to survive. God bless Luke Haines for writing this stuff. Someone had to.
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By Urizen TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2012
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Mainstream commercial success has always eluded Luke Haines partly (as confirmed in his autobiography 'Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part In its Downfall') due to his stubborn refusal to "play the game". However, through his work with The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder, the one-off Baader Meinhof concept project and his solo work, Luke Haines is without doubt one of the finest and most consistent songwriters of the past 20 years. This collection consists of 34 songs recorded between 1992 and 2003. 18 are by The Auteurs, four by Baader Meinhof, two from the Das Capital album, eight solo tracks and two from The Auteurs v µ-Ziq remix album. None of his work with Black Box Recorder features on this compilation.

Haines is a master word-smith and his lyrics, that are more often than not filled with plenty of disdain, cynicism and sarcasm, tend to focus on society's misfits and outsiders. And he's got the tunes too. Much of The Auteurs' early work has a cool but subtle 70's glam-rock influence - more Marc Bolan (on anti-depressants) than Bowie - but Haines is never afraid to turn up the amps for full effect, as evidenced on 'Lenny Valentino'. There are plenty of guitar hooks and Haine's sneering, breathy vocals compliment his lyrics. The four tracks from the Baader Meinhof concept album feature dense (almost tribal at times) percussion juxtaposed with strings. The solo material sees Haines experimenting with electronic sounds and more orchestration. The two tracks from the mid 90's Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq remix album are OK, but I wouldn't miss them if they weren't here.

Although not as comprehensive as the 'Luke Haines Is Dead' 3CD retrospective, this two disc set represents excellent value for a fiver.
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By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2014
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This gets four stars, not the five it deserves, because, being an inveterate LH fan, I really think you need to get his recorded works - be they Auteurs, solo, Baader-Meinhoff or Black Box Recorder - in their entirety. However, if you're looking for a suitably point of entry for his considerable body of work, this does do just fine, and it's modest price tag should be a good clincher on the deal. As the title suggests, Haines has always, defiantly, been a refusenik, a compulsive contrarian, and a resolute decliner of any rock and roll club that would have him as a member. This double CD compilation contains the would-be Auteirs hits - such as the utterly smashing 'Lenny Valentino', in it's 'single mix' incarnation, and the lovely 'Unsolved Child Murder' (I'd love to see an 'X-Factor' wannabe sing that), as well as a couple of tracks from the frankly disposable u-ziq dance remix set, and even those (somewhat duff) efforts, are not without a bit of 90's charm. The lyrical biliousness is tempered by some fabulous tunes and attractive arrangements, and then there are the musically more grumpy and angular experiments that add different dimensions...I could go on, but the music speaks far more eloquently...uneasy listening at its most magnificent.
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If you like Luke Haines' music - then this album's great. If you don't, it's still great, but you probably won't like it. You should probably stick with something dull like Oasis or some such.
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