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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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It’s Black and White for Image #83

  
I didn’t get to post this last night as it was pretty late by the time we got home. Dee and I had been to see The Stranglers, who were playing much of their album Black and White on this tour. Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of JJ Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers, and he didn’t disappoint last night.  I can honestly say that it’s the first time I’ve felt my nostrils close due to the bass vibrations!  It was weird but awesome at the same time, and only for about 30 seconds during one song.  

The support act was The Alarm, who I’d last seen back in the 80s.  Mike Peters, their lead singer, was still flying the flag and going strong.  I’d seen him sing with Big Country several years ago, but it was good to see him belting out his own tunes again.  

By a weird coincidence, the last time I saw SLF in Glasgow before last week was in 1983: The Alarm were their support that night.  Don’t you just love this circular world we live in?  :O)