David Bowie releases Outside
Outside is a concept album first released September 26, 1995 by David Bowie on Virgin Records.
Outside introduced the characters of one of Bowie's short stories; a "non-linear gothic drama hyper cycle" called the "Diaries of Nathan Adler". The album pamphlet outlined the story of a somewhat cyberpunk version of the year 1999, in which the government had created a new bureau to investigate the phenomenon of Art Crime. In this future, murder and mutilation of bodies had become a new underground art craze. The main character, Nathan Adler, was in the business of deciding what of this was legally acceptable as art and what was, in a word, trash. The album is filled with references to characters and their lives as he investigates the complicated events leading up to the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl. One is meant to assume that Bowie's character, Nathan Adler, works for the British government due to several references to the cities of London and Oxford, but in the liner notes these are revealed to be, at least in some cases, London, Ontario and Oxford, New Jersey, indicating that the entire story may take place in North America - or, indeed, that the distinction between the two places has become blurred and indistinguishable.