Approaching thirty years ago (it was actually 5th February 1983), I first saw The Alarm play live... they were supporting Stiff Little Fingers at Newcastle City Hall. Their sound was something new and exciting... their raw energy and passion had an instant effect on me, but I never thought for a moment that what I heard that night would have such a massive impact on my life. However, their music would eventually guide me through the end of my teens and into adulthood (and middle age), along with the ups and regular downs that followed.
I’ve lost track of the times that tingles have shot down my spine on hearing certain songs... there have been moments when the opening bars of Declarationor the words to Unsafe Building have been enough to move me to tears. Not many bands can do that...
I know The Alarm still has a huge base of fans (and deservedly so too...) but my love of their music has for the most part remained intensely personal over these past three decades. I have never met any of the original line-up – it’s unlikely that I ever will, but at least I can have this opportunity to say thank you... to Mike, Dave, Eddie and Nigel. To be able to make a difference to someone’s life is something very special indeed, but you have... and I will always be grateful...
Some of you will already know the identity of the only other band to have made such a lasting impression– Killing for Company. Two main differences... I was with Elaine when I first saw the band (so we discovered them “together”) and I’m lucky enough to be able to call Greg, Andy, Steve, Richie and Jamie mates. So whilst the Alarm’s original line-up may now live (albeit very clearly) in the memory, I am really hoping that Elaine and I will be able to see Killing for Company back on stage very soon...
Can’t wait to “get involved” all over again...
All my own work... almost.