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Video Killed The Radio Star: The Alarm – Spirit Of ’76

Never a very trendy band, Welsh rockers The Alarm were, for me, nevertheless one of the better bands of the 1980s.

I spotlighted a live version of their best-known song, 68 Guns, earlier this year. Less well-remembered but one of their best is the anthemic Spirit of ’76.

From the 1985 album Strength, it’s a song about lost love and faded friendships, shattered hopes and dreams dashed by the unemployment and deprivation that was rife in Thatcher’s Britain.

A true classic that deserves to be better remembered.




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Top Of The Pops Thursday: The Alarm – 68 Guns

This week’s live music comes courtesy of Welsh rockers The Alarm.

I can’t claim the band is one of my all-time favourites but I was a big fan back in the mid 80s, especially of their first two albums, Declaration and Strength.

I saw them live at Glasgow’s Barrowland in 1985 on their tour to promote Strength and, to this day, it remains my all-time favourite gig.

They were a fantastic live band (singer Mike Peters still tours with a version of the group, though none of the other original members are part of it) and here is their signature song, the full version of 68 Guns, filmed at a concert in Germany in 1985 (which contains possibly the worst audience participation ever caught on film):


EDIT: Click here for the music video for The Alarm‘s second-greatest song, Spirit of ’76.

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