First USA headlinging tour beings.
Video clip for “68 Guns” filmed.
Recording sessions for “Declaration” begin at Good Earth studios. Backing tracks for ssveral songs are recorded.
8/16/1983: The Alarm, Scheduled to recorded Mike Smith session for BBC Radio 1 Summary The BBC have no record of it ever being recorded, but a contract for the session was signed by the band.Press Release Set List Band Comments Fan Comments
“68 Guns” was recorded at Good Earth Studios in London and produced by Alan Shacklock.
he “Eponymous” E.P. is released in the USA to capitlaize on the the tour with U2. The Stand/Across The Border/Lie Of The Land/Marching On/For Freedom. Reaches #126 on USA album chart.
6/12/1983: The Alarm, ZZEW Dallas radio interview Summary This interview was a dual appearance with Bono of U2 and the Mike Peters portion is featured on the MPO website. This interview is a true collector’s item because Mike Peters premiered a then-unreleased version of “Blaze of Glory” (it later turned up as a b-side for “Absolute Reality”) and Bono played a tape of one of U2’s earliest demos “The Fool”.Press [read more]
5/24/1983: The Alarm, Peter Powell Session, BBC Radio Summary Early version of “Where Were You Hiding…” features totally different lyrics, as well as a middle section with spoken-word lyrics being read over the music.Press Release Set List Marching On Where Were You Hiding… Blaze of Glory The DecieverBand Comments Fan Comments
5/24/1983: The Alarm, Mike interviewed for R.O.T.T. show, BBC Radio Sheffield Summary Press Release Set List Band Comments Fan Comments
5/21/1983: The Alarm, Janice Long Session, BBC Radio 1 Summary Recorded 16th May 1983Press Release Set List 68 Guns What Kind of Hell Third Light A Legal Matter (Great version of the Who’s “A Legal Matter” sung by Dave Sharp.)Band Comments Fan Comments
5/16/1983: The Alarm, Recorded Janice Long session for BBC Radio 1 Summary First transmitted 21st May 1983Press Release Set List 68 Guns What Kind of Hell Third Light A Legal Matter (Great version of the Who’s “A Legal Matter” sung by Dave Sharp.)Band Comments Fan Comments
The first version of “Blaze Of Glory” is recorded with Mick Glossop in Redan Studios, London. The song was written as a defense for their new friends U2, who were being attacked in the press. “Thoughts Of A Youngman” is also recorded.
2/28/1983: The Alarm, BBC Radio 1 Kid Jensen session Summary Recorded 13th February 1983Press Release Set List Unsafe Building Up For Murder 68 Guns We Are the LightBand Comments Fan Comments
2/13/1983: The Alarm, Recorded Kid Jenson session for BBC Radio 1 Summary Broadcast 28th February 1983Press Release Set List Unsafe Building Up For Murder 68 Guns We Are the LightBand Comments Fan Comments
The Alarm record “The Stand”. Recorded with Mick Glossop at Rampart Studio,s Battersea, London
Boontown Rats support tour ends.
Boontown Rats support tour begins.
First UK support tour with U2 ends.
First UK support tour with U2 begins.
UK Support slots with The Belle Stars begin.
UK Support slots with The Belle Stars end.
English Beat support tour ends. UK tour.
English Beat support tour begins. UK tour.
“Marching On” single released In the UK. b/w “Lie Of The Land” and “Across The Border”.
Demos recorded with Steve Tannett at IRS Basement studios. Demos included “What Kind Of Hell”, “68 Guns”. Showcase for Mile Copeland, owner of I.R.S.
The Alarm sign with I.R.S. records.
Steve Tannett sees The Alarm at Exceter University, wants to sign them to IRS records. Miles Copeland says it is OK if they are “cheap”.
The Alarm recorded 3 demos for EMI at EMI studios, London. Songs included “Lie Of The Land”, “Reason 41” and “The Deceiver”