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Last updated: 03 July 2009

One of the most enduring arena rock bands, The Alarm were one of the 80s' best-selling Welsh acts.

Video: The Alarm performing 68 Guns

The Alarm story begins in 1978, when the group Seventeen was formed in Rhyl, as a rather belated response to punk. The members had come together from various local groups including The Toilets, Quasimodo (featuring Karl Wallinger) and Chuck Burial & The Embalmed. Seventeen played mod-tinged pop, released an indie single called Don't Let Go, and were kicked off a Dexy's support slot after just one show.

The four members had an inkling they were onto something special, and, motivated by a sense of their own musical importance and a deep-felt desire to make their mark, they aimed to become the stuff of legend. In 1981, Seventeen announced their new name, Alarm Alarm, soon after shortened to The Alarm.

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