The Outsiders

This gang of social misfits would end up being the best which Amsterdam had to offer on the nederbeatstage. Many, and not in the least inhabitants of this town, believe that they belonged to the list off the best beatbands off continental Europe. A view which is backed by the way all their single became big collectors items and people from all over the world are trying hard to find copies off them.

The outsiders in their first line-up already existed out off a charismatic singer, a good songwriters duo, and an animal behind the drumkit. Before being The Outsiders, they were called Jimmy & the Revons. In the beginning they played (with greasebolls) Elvis Presley ans Buddy Holly covers. After their first experience with the Liverpool sound they included I want to hold your hand in the setlist.

Shortly after Jimmy was replaced for Wally (Wladimir)Tax. He had started out as a guitaristplayer for The Revons. The band quickly changed the name into The Outsiders. In ’65 the band was really getting started and they had weekly concerts in the rockers club Las Vegas. In those times a live performance meant hard work and low pay. They regularly played from 10 o' clock at night till 2 o’clock in the morning.

Their hair grew longer and longer and in line with this they started to play a tuffer repertoire with songs from the Pretty Things and the Kinks. This turned out to be pretty dangerous material to play in Las Vegas, and they regularly had to protect themselves and their equipment against unidentified flying objects. Because of their frequent gigs in Las Vegas their reputation off being a brilliant live act started spreading. Paul Acket, the owner off one off the biggest popmagazines Muziek Express had just founded a new recordcompany and already had promising bands like Peter & the Blizzards and The Zipps under contract, when he asked the Outsiders to do an audition for his teenpopshows. With it came a recorddeal.


Their first single You mistreat me/Sun’s going down is beat at its finest. Especially the B-side gives a good example of the down to earth type of playing which would be the trademark of the Amsterdam scene. As would count for  all the recordings made for the Muziek Express Op Art label, it was very good, though not very successful money wise. So the even better followup Felt like i wanted to cry/I love her still didn't make it to the hitparades (only in the lower regions off the Muziek Express magazine, which off course was owned by Paul Acket).
Not withstanding the minor success in these releases their fame was growing. Mainly because off their extraordinarily wild live performances.

Amsterdam had its own place to be for popmusicians were the all went after doing their gigs. It was the Phonobar on the Thorbeckeplein. The Outsiders were regular guests as well. The owner off the place started the first real beatclub at the end of 1965: the Rembrandttheatre. At the height off their career they played their many  times per week.

In the fall off ’65 Tom Krabbedam joined the band as a guitarist player. He came from the notorious Amsterdam based band NV group ’65.


Krabbedam, was before joining himself, a big fan of the band. His musical qualities were somewhat questionable, but his hefty stage performance more than compensated this. He became an important asset to the group. The first time he made his appearance at the Rotanhuis the audience went so exstatic that already after finishing the first song the place was being demolished. Before completing this, the police came and finished his debut gig.

In february ’66 a new manager was attracted in the person off John B van Setten. He was known as a  young ambitious manager, and the evergrowing success off The Outsiders would in a great part be attributed to him. John B already did the business affairs for another Amsterdam band Short ’66. Once at a gig off Short’66 during the Double Wow event (a clubevening organized by the best Dutch popmagazine Hitweek) the famous Dutch tv producer and recordcompany owner Willem Duys was present. He showed his interest in the band to manager. Van Setten agreed that the group could be contracted with Willem Duys only if the Outsiders would be included in the deal. Willem Duys decided accordingly. With him a couple of brilliant songs would be recorded for the Relax label.