Spirit of ’76 – The Alarm (1985)

Posted: October 18, 2012 in 1985
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1980’s alternative/new-wave band from Wales.  The Alarm was often compared to U2 in the early and mid-eighties and opened for U2 on parts of their WAR Tour in 1983. I had a friend who loved The Alarm and I kept wanting to like them, but nothing I heard ever grabbed me . Like Coldplay, I considered The Alarm as ‘U2-Lite’. But years later after “borrowing” the cassette from my wife’s music collection, I discovered ‘Spirit of ’76’ from the Alarm’s 1985 release STRENGTH. Oddly structured but catchy, raw, and anthem-like, the song warrants the early comparisons to now legendary U2. The song’s warm piano melodies and Mike Peters storied lyrics of past friendships immediately pull you in for the songs journey. The intro piano melodies transfer to the guitar perfectly for the course of the song, then both share the melodies toward the end. A definite 80’s sound and recording. Fans of 80’s music who are not familiar with The Alarm should give a listen.

 

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Comments
  1. wardph says:

    I am an Alarmer but I had the same experience with many people that I tried to suggest listen to the Alarm. I think that you just had to be there! In other words, all the songs I listened to had a direct impact on my life at that specific time. 2 years later and it would have been lost forever.
    I will always love them and forget the U2 comparison. The Alarm are so much deeper.

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