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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Seven]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Seven – The Strength Tour Continues in the UK] Dec 08, 1985 The Alarm Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool “While we were in the dressing room, we became aware that Gary Glitter was in the royal box of the venue lording it over the crowd who were in turn giving him plenty of stick. He had been due to play at Liverpool University the [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Six]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Six – The Strength Tour Begins] Oct 16, 1985 The Alarm The Marquee, London “This was supposed to be a secret gig. In fact it was so secret, that hardly anyone turned up! The one person who did was DJ Mike Reid from the BBC who loved the show and announced on his Radio One Breakfast show the next morning that he had [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Five]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Five – Strength Unleashed] IRS Records had signed a new distribution deal with MCA while The Alarm were recording Strength and just before the release dates, manager – Ian Wilson and IRS Records CEO Jay Boberg went to MCA’s headquarters in Los Angeles and made a presentation of the ‘Strength’ single to the head of the MCA Record Division – Irvine Azoff and [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Four]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Four – Finding Strength, Hope and Love In The Studio]  “We are on our own now, we’re not part of a movement nor are we a band that will turn round and have an out-and-out pop career. We don’t write music for the sake of it. I like to think we write because we’ve got something to say.” – Mike Peters 1985 After [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Three]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part Three – Europe A Go Go] On May 23rd the day after The Alarm closed the Absolute Tour at Guildford Civic, they found themselves in London (and on the south coast of England), with respected Manchester based photographer Kevin Cummins for a photo session that would yield the shots used for the reverse and inside cover of the as yet untitled second Alarm [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part Two]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part Two – The Absolute Reality Of Beginning a Second Album 1985] Studio sessions were booked for January 1985 and a huge British Tour was penciled in for April / May 1985,  to go with the release of The Alarm’s (to be recorded), new album.  All systems were “go” in The Alarm camp. The roller-coaster ride ride that 1984 wrought was safely behind them, while the promise of [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History Updated [Part One]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part One – The Absolute Chant 1984] The process that led to the creation of The Alarm’s second album ‘Strength’ started as the band was coming off a very successful world tour for the ‘Declaration’ album, juxtaposed with the somewhat disappointing showing for the band’s third single from ‘Declaration’ – ‘The Deceiver’.   ‘The Deceiver’, while being a fan favorite, fell agonizingly short of [read more]