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.
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.