Formed in Rhyl, Wales, during 1981, this energetic pop outfit originally comprised Mike Peters (25 February 1959; vocals/guitar), David Sharp (b. 28 January 1959, Salford, Lancashire, England; vocals/guitar), Eddie MacDonald (b. 1 November 1959; bass), and Nigel Twist (b. 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 Alarms first UK hit, 1983s 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,...
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