Posts Tagged ‘New Wave Music’

There is a misconception that early 80’s New Wave bands were all just electronics but no real musicianship compared to rock groups – not true with Missing Persons. The band was formed by four long-time members of Frank Zappa’s ‘cast’ of musicians who played and recorded with the prolific artist. Missing Persons was a must-see among the Los Angeles live music scene and, with the help of MTV, found early success on their first release SPRING SESSION M (1982). After the band broke up, Terry Bozzio would earn a reputation as a ‘drummer extraordinaire’ and was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1997. Vocalist Dale Bozzio signed on to Prince’s Paisley Park label for her 1st solo record. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo replaced Andy Taylor as a member of Duran Duran in 1986 and played with the popular band for 15 years. And bass player Patrick O’Hearn became an acclaimed New Age artist and composer for Television/Film.

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.