Mike Peters, the lead singer with The Alarm is 60 this week.
The band were formed in Rhyl, north Wales, in 1977 and originally called The Toilets. After a few name changes, including Quiasimodo and Seventeen, they settled on The Alarm, moved to London, got noticed by ZigZag magazine and a journo at Sounds who helped get hem a recording contract and a slot supporting U2.
After supporting The Police they signed to IRS records which was founded by Stewart Copeland’s (of the Police) brother Miles and had their first UK hit in September in 1983 with 68 Guns.
After 15 UK hits albums they split up in 1991. They did reform in 1999 and had a comeback hit called Superchannel in 2006. Let’s remember the follow-up to 68 Guns, This is Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke from January 1984.