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Where were you hiding when the storm broke...

The Alarm comes from Wales and was formed in 1981 by Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie McDonald and Nigel Twist.

Originally, in 1977, a first group was born under the name "The Toilets" and performed in the punko-rock category. Then became “Seventeen” in 1978, which this time played in the pop-rock category.

And finally became "The Alarm" in 1981. It was not until 1982 to see the group release their first real single "Marching on", a highly successful single.

It was a year later, in 1983, that things started to pick up steam when the hit single "The stand" was released. Followed by a few "Sixty eight guns", the flagship single that will make the group famous and hit the ground running across Europe. Both extracts from the album "Declaration".

Which will contain a third single of big caliber with "Where were you hiding when the storm broke" which him leaves in 1984.

A year later in 1985, new success with the release of the single "Absolute reality" which has achieved a good career in the Charts. Single from the new album "Strenght", album which will be the first of the group to enter the American Top40 albums.

In 1986 the single "Spirit of‘ 76 "was released, still taken from the same album and which in turn was a hit.

A year later in 1987 came out the album "Eye of the hurricane" which contained the single hit "Rain in the summertime", which remains to this day one of their highest ranked singles.

The year 1989 saw the release of the album "Change", a tribute to their homeland of Wales. Album which produced their biggest hit in the USA with the title "Sold me down the river". Followed by little "Devolution working man blues" and "Love don’t come easy" which will in turn be very successful.

Last notable successes for the group because the dissensions are more and more strong within the latter and will lead inexorably to the implosion in 1991.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Unsafe building 1981

  • Marching on 1982

  • The stand 1983

  • 68 guns 1983

  • Where were you hiding when the storm broke 1984

  • The deceiver 1984

  • The chant has just begun 1984

  • Absolute reality 1985

  • Strenght 1985

  • Spirit of 76’ 1986

  • Knife edge 1986

  • Rain in the summertime 1987

  • Rescue me 1987

  • Presence of love 1988

  • Sold me down the river 1989

  • A new South Wales 1989

  • Devolution workin' man blues 1989

  • Love don't come easy 1990

  • Happy Christmas (War is over) 1990

  • The road 1991

  • Raw 1991

  • 45 R.P.M. 2004

  • New home new life 2004

  • Close 2004

  • Superchannel 2006

  • Rain down 2006

  • Rat trap 2008

  • Watching me 2008

  • Plastic carrier bags 2010

  • Come alive 2010

  • Tomorrow 2017

  • Coming backwards 2017

  • Two rivers 2017

  • Thirteen dead reindeer 2017

  • Beautiful 2018

  • Two rivers 2018

  • Transatlantic 2018

  • Brighter than the sun 2019

  • Time 2019

  • Fail 2022


Clips :

1981...the first steps. Certainly there is still work to hope to compete one day with the best but the potential is there, that's for sure...

1982... the rise in power is slow but certain. We therefore suspect that at some point their efforts will end up paying off...

1983...after a beginning of the decade without great relief on the Charts side, here they are again in this year 1983 in great shape. Thanks to this particularly assertive style and which allows them to obtain their first big hit...

1983 ... but it is THIS title which will propel them overnight under the spotlight. And this on both sides of the Atlantic, a significant feat !

1984 ... surely one of their most emblematic titles. They confirm here a certain talent thanks to a style that is unlike any other

1984 ... they are now making big caliber hits at an impressive speed. And that's only the beginning !

1984 ... the first year with 3 hits. They confirm, piece by piece, their status as the sure value of the moment

1985 ... we start again on the hats of wheel the following year. And it still hits so hard. Pure and hard rock but in the English style. And that changes everything !

1985 ... their biggest success to date. A maturity that pays off and makes it possible to record success after success

1986 ... now they just need to unwind without forcing themselves too much. Well, sometimes it's the bare minimum ...

1986 ... an already more important relief for this colorful title. An inspiration that never falters !

1987 ... yet another of their most emblematic pieces. Paired with world-class success. All good little guys !

1987 ... Olympic form in this year 1987. They will not equal the previous title on this one but the quality is there, once again !

1988 ... then, downturn or continuity in success ? Continuity my Captain, continuity. Another World Class title, one more !

1989 ... another year with 3 hits. Starting with this one. A perfectly mastered end of the decade !

1989...who could have imagined that they would be able to produce this kind of title ? A title at odds with their usual style and which shows another facet of their talent, which is unexpected to say the least...

1989...a year 1989 which never ends in terms of titles and which will undoubtedly remain one of the most prolific years of the group. Years ago like this...

1990... here they are beginning their second decade of career full of strength and finesse. In perfect harmony with their particular style...

1990...a nice version of John Lennon's title dating from 1971. A slightly more rock version, of course, but which is far from deserving, that's clear...

1990 ... the last notorious success. And almost 10 years at the top. Few of the group can say the same. The mark of the Great !

1991 ... not quite the last since this one will also be talked about. A beautiful year 1991 which will be indeed the last at this level unfortunately...

2004...we thought the band had finally hung up their gloves and here they are back 13 years later. A totally boosted comeback, to say the least !

2004...if the group is back it's because he still has things to say and especially to sing. It remains to be seen if this return holds up or not, for the moment it's going pretty well...

2004...three titles just for this year 2004, an obvious desire to put the package in the hope that it will be enough to return to the front of the stage...

2006...their good will is obvious but the public has already moved on unfortunately. This means that the group's return will go somewhat unnoticed, at least by the general public...

2006...really a pity that the group disappeared for so long because he has lost none of its original talent at first sight. But there are more than the basic fans to see it...

2008...we could have imagined that the return would be stealthy to say the least and that the group would leave as quickly as he came back. It was bad knowing them...

2008...because they intend to last at first glance and regardless of the results in the Charts. A desire to believe in it always and again which commands respect incontestably...

2010...and here they are already at the gates of the 2010 decade, who would have thought tant possible...? We thought we would never see them again after their disappearance during the 90s, but they were able to rise from their ashes in a spectacular way...

2010... now it remains to be seen what this new decade has in store for them. Will it be one too many or will it be one of renewal and return to grace ? The future will tell us...

2017...for the comeback, it's a failure because here they are disappearing again for almost 7 years. Disappearances that necessarily penalize them every time...

2017...because each time they disappear for so long, the public inexorably forgets them. And they must systematically reset the counters to zero each time they return...

2017...the group is making real efforts to adapt to the latest musical trends of the moment, but that won't be enough to bring them back to the fore. Nice try anyway...'s incredible how many groups that counted during the 80s and that we thought were dying manage to make a comeback, to say the least, during this decade of 2010. We inevitably want more !

2018...a desire to believe in it until the end which is a pleasure to see. They do not want to let go and above all they will produce titles as long as they can, it is clear ! still have to remember that they started in 1981, at least for some members of the group. An exceptional longevity, which was not the case for most groups of the time...

2018...and as it stands, it is easy to imagine that this decade 2010 will not be the last. Because with them, at first sight, nothing is ever finished, the proof...

2019...a capacity for renewal that is impressive to say the least. Not only did they come back but they also intend to show that they haven't lost any of their talent !

2019...a new decade that is closing for the group while waiting for the next one. Because it is certain, they will come back again !

2022...thing promised, thing due ! So here they are again in this new decade of 2020 and as always motivated as ever. To be continued...


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