Week 52 – TBT 2017 – 68 Guns

Well, here we are at the end of 2017, and I’m happy to say I managed to post a TBT every week of the year. I didn’t miss a single week, and I wasn’t late for one either, so I’m pretty pleased with that achievement. You may have noticed that I’ve not repeated a band either, which was another goal / challenge I set myself. I hope you’ve enjoyed the variety.

For the final track of the year I chose The Alarm, for a number of reasons. Foremost among those reasons though is my experience when I met them. This song was bursting into the charts and I was due to see them play in Edinburgh one night. I’d arrived in Edinburgh earlier in the day and was in HMV on Princes Street.

I had a number of records in my hand, including the 12″ single of 68 Guns, when these four short(ish) guys with big hair walked past. Imagine my surprise when I realised it was the band. I bought the records and caught up with them, and they were only too happy to stop for a chat and to sign the cover. I’ve still got it, over 33 years later.

Scroll forward a few hours, and I was at the gig, a couple of rows from the front (I liked being that close, even back then). I was amazed when at some point during the show, one of the band noticed me and they all came over and said hello!

Around a year later, I went to see them again in Edinburgh, in a different venue, and they did the same: came over and said hello when they spotted me loitering near the front. What a great way to make your fans feel special!

Since those heady days, I’ve seen Dave Sharp (guitarist) playing in a blues band, and Mike Peters (lead singer) fronting Big Country in Oxford and also with a different line up of The Alarm supporting The Stranglers in Cambridge. Add to that, Steve Grantley (the drummer for SLF) also played with The Alarm for a while and it’s no wonder I have such affection for them.

All that said, I hope you enjoy the song, and that you all have a very happy and prosperous New Year.

68 Guns – The Alarm

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