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Milli Vanilli-esque?: The Poppyfields’ Alarm’s “45 RPM” hoax (2004)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZPm2S5tCdw A while back I posted on the Alarm as part of my ongoing series on bands of the 1980s. A friend of mine, Tony, commented that he remembered a recent incident involving a Milli-Vanilli-like “scam” of sorts in connection with a come-back of the Alarm. Now another reader (Jeff Fulton) of that post has [...]

Bands of the 1980s: The Call (Michael Been)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HM0b_M-ToU The first time I heard the band The Call, it was a tape of Modern Romans (1983) that my friend Sue lent to me. The tune you are listening to now, if you pressed play above, is “The walls came down” from that second album (and, yes, that is Garth Hudson, seated, on keyboards). [...]

Bands of the 1980s: The Alarm

Listen as you read: “The Stand” (audio snippet from first self-titled ["Eponymous"] album, © 1983 IRS). One band that very few seem to remember (at least in North America), even if they were teenagers in the 1980s, is The Alarm (full discography). The Alarm was a contemporary of both U2 and Simple Minds, and there [...]