The Outsiders — “Daddy Died on Saturday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 10, 2022


664) The Outsiders — “Daddy Died on Saturday”

From the legendary Dutch rockers’ (see #615) last album, CQ, which is, as Richard Groothuizen says, the product of “a passionate band at the height of their creative powers.” (liner notes to CD reissue). As to today’s song, Richard Mason describes “Daddy Died On Saturday” as boasting “a slick chord progression over which [Wally] Tax wryly relates the tale of a young man whose prospective father-in-law refuses to give his blessing to his daughter’s proposed union with such a lowlife . . . so they poison him.” ( Compare that to Dutch superstars the Golden Earrings, who simply ask daddy to buy them a girl! (see #163)

That young man isn’t that the only one to consider resorting to violence. Mason states that “The Outsiders were one of the all-time greats of rock music and anyone who says different had better be outside in the car park in 10 minutes. I’ll be waiting.”!!! (

Jason writes that:

C.Q. was to be the Outsiders last album (their 3rd LP), an attempt to reach the group’s original core audience amidst a troubling commerical downfall. Not only is this one of the best “international” psych albums but it’s as good as anything by the early Pink Floyd, psychedelic era Pretty Things or Love. Its closest reference point is probably the Pretty Things superb S.F. Sorrow – there are no soft, wimpy moments on either of these records, just pure intensity and garage punk muscle. . . . C.Q.’s strength is in it’s consistency and diversity. No two songs sound alike yet every experiment is well thought out and successful. The group’s hallmark start-stop punk rhythms are firmly in place on many of C.Q.‘s tracks but by 1968 the Outsiders had grown considerably, incorporating more folk-rock and psych sounds into their repertoire. . . . C.Q. is one of the immortal 60s albums.

Mark Deming tells us:

The Amsterdam-based combo were one of the most popular homegrown bands in the Netherlands from 1965 to 1967, and have since become a favorite among historians of the beat music era; Richie Unterberger wrote that the Outsiders “could issue a serious claim for consideration as the finest rock band of the ’60s to hail from a non-English-speaking nation[.]”. The Outsiders were formed in 1964 by Wally Tax (vocals and rhythm guitar), Ronald Splinter (lead guitar), Appie Rammers (bass), and Lendert “Buzz” Busch (drums); the band embraced an eclectic style that made room for R&B, folk-rock, pop, and beat influences, as well as psychedelic accents as the decade wore on. . . . Named for an amateur radio term meaning “Is anyone listening?,” CQ was an ambitious set that combined the band’s beat music influences with outré psychedelia and avant-garde sounds that were far ahead of the curve for the era. However, Polydor failed to promote the album properly . . . and the Outsiders disbanded in 1969.

Richard Mason again:

[O]ne of the great popular music recordings of our time, and almost certainly the most unjustly overlooked. . . . This was an extraordinary, incomparable group who’ve remained unduly neglected for too long. . . . Their following was as committed and wild as their music and stage act, with the result that the band and their fans were banned from several Dutch venues. . . . [T]hey had supported (and, according to Tax, blew off stage) The Rolling Stones . . . . CQ . . . [is] a staggering achievement. . . . What the group were not to know at the time was that Polydor already had the Golden Earrings, Holland’s most successful group, on its books and were determined to concentrate their promotional efforts on them. They conspicuously failed to get behind the Outsiders to the extent that only something in the region of 500 copies of CQ were released at the time and subsequently the album died a grisly commercial death. But unless you’ve heard this record you have no real idea of the magnitude of the crime. . . .

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