Year:  1984
Country:  UK
City:  Rhyl
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  42
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk

With idealistic spirit, a powerhouse live show and bigger than big hair, The Alarm were part of an early 80s new wave bands (The Call, Big Country and the Waterboys among them) who dealt in soaring anthems inspired by the righteous idealism of punk. Clearly influenced by the impassioned political fervor of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers or The Ruts, The Alarm also worked in a mostly acoustic, anti-folk, folk-punk vein that provided a counterpoint to their hard-driving guitar rockers. Their stage look was unquestionably a product of the 80s, with enormous spiked-up hair accompanying a cowboy / old-time cavalry wardrobe. Yet the numerous comparisons to U2 in the press were not unfounded; despite a more conservative sonic palette, The Alarm had much the same earnest intensity, the same messianic ambitions, even the same vague spirituality. Likewise, The Alarm seemed to covet a mainstream breakthrough in the vein of The Joshua Tree's conquest of the pop charts, and polished up their sound accordingly, with mixed creative results. The artwork, cover and back you can see here, was made in the 2014 re-issue but the original from 1984 you can see it HERE .
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