THE ALARM

THE ALARMTHE ALARM

Formed: Rhyl, Wales, UK

One of Wales' first punk bands was The Toilets, whose lineup was:

Mike Peters (aka Eddie Bop) - guitar
Glyn Crossley (aka Steve Shock) - bass
Richard 'O'Malley' Jones (aka Bo Larks) - vocals
Nigel Buckle (aka Des Troy) - drums

They played in Rhyl, Liverpool (at Eric's, supporting The Clash, and later, Buzzcocks)

In 1978 or 1979 they mutated into a mod band called Seventeen, and in 1980 toured with the Stray Cats and released a single, Don't Let Go / Bank Holiday Weekend with this lineup:

Mike Peters - vocals, guitar
Nigel Buckle (now calling himself Twist) - drums
Eddie Macdonald - bass (ex-Amsterdam)
Dave Sharp - guitar

In 1981 they became known as Alarm Alarm (believe it or not), split up, and reformed as The Alarm, playing the U2/Clash type songs for which they became notorious. Therefore it's no surprise that some saw these hairspray-obsessed folk-rock shouters professional bandwagon-climbers.

Although histrionic and often downright embarrassing, they had a few killer singles in them, notably the the anthemic Sixty Eight Guns (Part 1) and the spirited Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? both of which agreeably call up the fire of Give 'Em Enough Rope-era Clash, albeit in a far more mainstream setting. Declaration has its moments, but the bluster gets a bit much towards the end, when their attempts to be U2 become increasingly evident. They have since made lots of records, most of them really bad.

Also, minus points for dressing like complete cunts.

Lineup:

Mike Peters - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Dave Sharp - guitar
Eddie MacDonald - bass
Twist - drums

DISCOGRAPHY (1981-1984)

Singles / Albums

The Alarm - Unsafe Building The Alarm - Marching On The Stand The Alarm - Sixty Eight Guns (Part 1) The Alarm - Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?
Unsafe Building
(7", 1981)
Marching On
(7", 1982)
The Stand
(7"/12", 1983)
Sixty Eight Guns (Part 1) (7"/12", 1983) Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?
(7"/12", 1984)
Declaration The Alarm - The Deceiver    
Declaration
(LP/CD, 1984)
The Deceiver
(7"/12", 1984)
     

Extraneous Releases

The Alarm - The Alarm      
The Alarm
(12", 1983)
     

 

Various Artists

The Defiant Pose UK LP 1983 (Illegal): Marching On

Superchart '83 ('82) - Volume 2 UK LP 1983 (Telstar): 68 Guns

The Angels Are Coming UK 2xTape 1983 (Pleasantly Surprised): Unsafe Building

Bachelor Party - The Music From The Movie US LP 1984 (IRS): What Kind Of Hell

A New Optimism UK LP 1984 (Situation Two): Lie Of The Land

Links

THE ALARM - Official website

ALL MUSIC GUIDE - Alarm bio and reviews

WIKIPEDIA

BORED TEENAGERS - Read all aboiut The Toilets here

 

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