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Alarm, The
Website: http://www.thealarm.com



Biography

Formed in Rhyl, Wales, during 1981, this energetic pop outfit comprised Mike Peters (Born 25 February 1959; vocals, guitar), David Sharp (Born 28 January 1959; vocals, guitar), Eddie MacDonald (Born 1 November 1959; bass), and Nigel Twist (Born 18 July 1958; drums). Originally known as Seventeen, they changed their name after recording a self-penned song titled "Alarm Alarm'. Peters was anxious to steer the band in the direction of U2, whose commitment and dedication appealed to his sense of rock as an expression of passion. However, by the time of the Alarm's first UK hit, 1983"s "68 Guns", their style and imagery most closely recalled punk rockers the Clash. The declamatory verve continued on "Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke" and the traditional rock influence was emphasized in their long spiked hair, skin-tight leather trousers, and ostentatious belts. Behind the high energy, however, there was a lighter touch that was eloquently evinced on their reading of Pete Seeger's "The Bells Of Rhymney', which they performed in aid of the coal miners" strike in 1984.

The original U2 comparisons began to make more sense on the fourth album, Electric Folklore Live, which displayed the power of their in-concert performance. Change (produced by Tony Visconti) saw them investigating their Celtic origins with the assistance of members from the Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and was released in a Welsh-language version (Newid). The much-maligned Mike Peters embarked on a solo career in the 90s following the dissolution of the band. He also recorded with Billy Duffy (ex-Cult) as Coloursound, before resurrecting the Alarm name for 20th anniversary tours during 2001.




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