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Outlandos D'Amour is the debut studio album by English-American New Wave Music trio The Police, released in 1978. Shifting away from the straight Punk Rock of the band's debut single in favor of a more reggae-influenced direction, it is best known for the hit singles "Roxanne", "So Lonely" and "Can't Stand Losing You". It was listed at #428 in Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.



Side One

  1. "Next To You" (2:52)
  2. "So Lonely" (4:50)
  3. "Roxanne" (3:12)
  4. "Hole In My Life" (4:50)
  5. "Peanuts" (3:55)

Side Two

  1. "Can't Stand Losing You" (2:59)
  2. "Truth Hits Everybody" (2:55)
  3. "Born In The '50s" (3:42)
  4. "Be My Girl - Sally" (3:24)
  5. "Masoko Tanga" (5:42)

Principal Members:

  • Stewart Copeland - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sting - lead vocals, bass, harmonica
  • Andy Summers - guitar, vocals, piano

Tropes that don't have to wear the red light tonight:

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The album title. The scat singing in "Masoko Tanga" too.
  • Black Comedy: "Can't Stand Losing You", which sounds like a love song, but is more an Obsession Song that ends in ridiculousness.
    I guess this is our last goodbye
    And you don't care so I won't cry
    But you'll be sorry when I'm dead
    And all this guilt will be on your head
    I guess you'd call it suicide
    But I'm too full to swallow my pride
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  • Break Up Song: "Can't Stand Losing You" parodies this genre. The protagonist feels so bad about being rejected that he starts bickering and whining about it.
  • Broken Record: Quite some songs end in one line repeated ad finitum.
  • Careful with That Axe: "Be My Girl" ends in silly high pitched shrieks echoing through the room.
  • Companion Cube: "Be My Girl" is about the sexual/romantic variant, i.e. inflatable girlfriends.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: "So Lonely", "Can't Stand Losing You", "Hole In My Life" all lament over feeling lonely.
  • Face on the Cover: A group shot of the band.
  • The '50s: "Born In The '50s".
    We were born, born in the 1950s
  • Foreign Language Title: Subverted. The title sounds like Spanish, but is actually more an example of As Long as It Sounds Foreign.
  • Gainax Ending: Outlandos d'Amour ends with "Masoko Tanga", which is... a combination of an intricate funky bass-line, Andy reggae-skanking away on rhythm guitar, Stewart pounding away at a complicated groove and Sting singing Africanesque nonsense lyrics on top, with an ending that spontaneously combusts.
  • Gratuitous French: "Outlandos d' Amour" makes use of the French word "amour" (love).
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Subverted. "Outlandos" sounds Spanish, but it isn't. It's actually a portmanteau of "outlaws" and "commandos".
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: "Roxanne", where the protagonist loves a prostitute and wants to help her escape her life and live with him.
  • Instrumentals: "Masoko Tanga"
  • Large Ham: Sting's repeated line "I Feel So Lo-lo-lo-lo-lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely" in "So Lonely" borders to narm dimensions.
  • Last Chorus Slow-Down: "Hole In My Life" slows down to its conclusion near the end, while other songs fade out.
  • Loudness War: Semi-averted with the 2003 remaster, which is noticeably less dynamic than the other four remastered albums (as well as, inevitably, the original 1978 LP), but still offers noticeably more headroom than most other remasters at around that time, averaging at DR9.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Half of the songs on this album appear to be love songs, but most of them are more a tongue in cheek Obsession Song.
  • Obsession Song and Sanity Slippage Song: "Can't Stand Losing You" depicts someone who goes insane from the thought of being lonely and starts whining about it.
  • One-Woman Song: "Roxanne".
  • One-Word Title: "Peanuts".
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Roxanne" was inspired by Sting visiting a red-light district in Paris.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Reportedly, Sting got the title for "Roxanne" from a poster of Cyrano De Bergerac he saw in a hotel in Paris.
    • "Roxanne" would receive a loose parody by Flight of the Conchords in the form of "You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute", which would be featured an episode of the band's eponymous HBO show.
    • "Born In The '50s" references the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the arrival of The Beatles, not to mention the youth years of the band members.
    • "Roxanne" got a tango arrangement in Moulin Rouge!.
  • Singing Simlish: "Masoko Tanga".
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Be My Girl" has a strange spoken monologue halfway the song.
  • Spurned into Suicide: "Can't Stand Losing You" has the protagonist at least contemplating/threatening it.
  • Suicide as Comedy: "Can't Stand Losing You" ends with the protagonist contemplating suicide, but it's done in a tongue in cheek way, exemplified by the cover photo of the musical single on which Stewart Copeland stands on a block of ice with a noose around his neck, waiting for the ice to melt.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Masoko Tanga". The album title Outlandos d'Amour, for that matter, borders on this due to its mish-mash of English portmanteaus (outlaws + commandos) and incorrect French.
  • Yandere: "Can't Stand Losing You" is a suicidal version. Hilariously enough, the BBC sidestepped the lyrics and instead banned the song because of the cover art (Copeland with a noose around his neck standing on a block of ice).


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