The Alarm: Strength (1985)
Still, I remember liking Strength (their second full-length) when it came out. Yeah, as a cousin to early U2, full of ready-made fist-pumping anthems, it was a bit too on the nose, but it was energetic and entertaining and had a few great tunes that I loved to slot into my radio show. "Deeside" was my favorite back then, probably because it sounded like they were ripping off the Replacements (save for the anthemic "Fire Fire Fire!" shout-out). The title track that opens the album is pretty great (sure, totally going all-in on the U2, but whatever). "Absolute Reality" had a nice pop flourish that called to mind the Jam, always a good thing.
Anyway, pulled it out recently and it brought a nostalgic smile to my face.
Here's "Deeside" played live:
They even copied Bono's early 80s mullet.ReplyDelete