The Alarm have sold over 5 million albums worldwide and scored sixteen Top 50 U.K. singles.
Emerging from North Wales in the late 1970’s, The Alarm (Mike Peters, Nigel Buckle, Eddie MacDonald and Dave Sharp) rounded out their punk driven sound with anthems inspired by righteous idealism blended with the spirit of traditional Welsh language and culture. The Alarm sound, a blend of acoustic, folk-punk, hard-driving rock guitars and vocal harmonies, often drew comparisons to their contemporaries The Clash and U2 (with whom they would later tour). In 1982, after signing with IRS, The Alarm released the single, “Marching On”, followed by “The Stand”, which became an underground hit in 1983 and set the foundation for their first proper album, Declaration, which followed in 1984. That album became a Top 10 U.K. hit, spinning off several popular singles, including the Top 20 hit “Sixty Eight Guns”, “Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?”, “The Deceiver” and “Blaze of Glory”. The Alarm’s sophomore effort, Strength (1985), often hailed as the group’s best overall album, contained the single “Spirit of ‘76”, another U.K. success which also broke them into the U.S. Top 40 album charts for the first time. That album’s title track has since become a mantra for the band’s loyal fans. In 1989, Tony Visconti produced the album Change, which spawned the Alarm’s biggest radio hit in America, the bluesy “Sold Me Down the River”. The band has since sold over 5 million albums worldwide and scored sixteen Top 50 U.K. singles.