Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ABCs of My Vinyl Collection (Letter A, Part 3)

Yes, I really do understand alphabetical order, but I flip-flopped yesterday's post with today's because I thought we needed a smile. I was never a huge fan of the Alarm, and the sparse number of their records on the shelf reflect that. I have two 7" singles, this one and "The Stand," although I am certain I used to have 'Declaration' because I remember having a longer version of today's selection with a slow section in the middle of the song that slowly built to those raucous horns.

As you can see from the photo, this is another well-worn piece that I have had for more than 30 years. I love the imagery of the cover, and it does remind me of a couple of other bands I liked in 1983, Big Country and U2. I didn't go for either one of them too much beyond this period either, but I did grow to appreciate the Alarm's Mike Peters during his stint fronting Big Country between 2010 and 2013. Seemed like such a nice fit. Enjoy three minutes that will make you want to go out and march in the streets.

"Sixty-Eight Guns"

5 comments:

TheRobster said...

A great track, one that I may well be visiting in the not too distant future.

JC said...

let's agree to disagree on this lot......

JC said...

i really should read things rather than jump to conclusions. By featuring them I was assuming you were going to sing their praises (sorry Robster...not everything Welsh is wonderful)

charity chic said...

Like you Brian not really a fan. I like this one though

kevinpat said...

I liked The Alarm when I first heard their earliest music, but then one day I wondered what they were railing on about? It's never clear. It started to sound calculated and phony. Rebels without a cause? I always want to join in the rally cry but i don't know why. Because you mentioned them I must say that I've always loved the passion & commitment I get from U2 and there always seems to a resolution and some hope in their rebel cries. I like that. Still do. Thanks, Bri.