The Alarm open for U2 at the Lyceum ballroom, in London. They got the gig because Ian Wilson, the booking agent for U2, had taken on the job as their manager.
Ian wilson from Wasted Talent, the booking agent for U2, The Clash, The Police, The Pretenders ses the band and agrees to become their manager. His ties to those other bands help The Alarm get started. In effect Wilson becomes the de-facto 5th member of the band, and the realtionship lasts until 1988.
Sarahs Jane, who worked at Wasted Talent, was lured to the show by Mike and Dave and their Unsafe single. She tells her boss Ian Wilson about the band.
The Alarm “release” the Unssafe Building/Up For Murder single. 1000 copies are produced. They send them to DJs, sell them at shows, and use them in lieu of a demo tape.
9/8/1981: The Alarm, The Alarm moved to London Summary After three years trying to make it big out of Rhyl, the band realised that in order to gain the exposure they needed to “break” the music business, they would have to move away from North Wales.Press Release Set List Band Comments Fan Comments
Recorded at Pluto studios in Manchester. Produced by The Alarm and Scratch.
9/4/1981: The Alarm, “Unsafe Building / Up For Murder” recorded Summary The recording of what would become The Alarm’s first release. 2000 copies are pressed on their own “White Cross” label to sell at gigs & use as demos.Press Release Set List Band Comments Fan Comments
The band move to London to record first single. Using money from odd jobs, they plan to record their first a single and distribute it themselves.
First show as The Alarm is played in Victoria Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales. The band finally change from Seventeen to The Alarm.
3/31/1980: Seventeen, Don’t Let Go / Bank Holiday Weekend released Summary The release of Seventeen’s first and only single, a double A side featuring “Don’t Let Go” and “Bank Holiday Weekend”. The single was released on Vendetta records. Press Release Set List Band Comments Fan Comments