The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts! In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!
I first heard The Alarm courtesy of a super-cool kid who lived on the floor above me during my freshman year at UT back in 1985. He was only the second person I had ever met who owned an actual CD player, and he also had great taste in music. One of his new CDs was a copy of The Alarm’s Strength, and he was nice enough to tape it for me. That cassette was the soundtrack to my summer during 1986, and The Alarm have remained one of my favorite bands ever since.
Earlier this month, frontman Mike Peters announced that he was battling cancer for a third time. Like me, Peters has previously battled leukemia and lived to tell about it. Mike co-founded the Love Hope Strength Foundation in 2007, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer sufferers. One of its main goals is to enhance the bone marrow donor list registry, a cause that is obviously near and dear to my heart. I was lucky enough to have a sister who was a perfect marrow match for me, but most people who need transplants aren’t as fortunate. If you’re not on the list, you should be. It’s that simple. Learn more about the Love Hope Strength Foundation here:
I met Mike before an Alarm show at Austin’s Back Room back in early 1988, and he was a gracious and kind man. I have no doubt that he will once again kick cancer’s ass and continue to make great music. And here’s some of that great music: a vinyl rip of the 1987 “Rescue Me” U.K. 12″ single that features an extended remix of the title track along with three non-album cuts. Get well soon, Mike!
The Alarm: Rescue Me [U.K. 12″]
I.R.S. Records, 1987
Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Rescue Me [Tearing The Bonds Asunder Mix]” (Eddie MacDonald/Mike Peters)
Rescue Me [Tearing The Bonds Asunder Mix]
2. “My Land Your Land (The Hurricane Sessions)” (Dave Sharp/Twist)
My Land Your Land [The Hurricane Sessions]
3. “Elders And Folklore (The Hurricane Sesssions)” (The Alarm)
Elders And Folklore [The Hurricane Sessions]
4. “Pastures Of Plenty (The Hurricane Sessions)” (Woody Guthrie)
Pastures Of Plenty [The Hurricane Sessions]
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The Alarm: “Rescue Me” (Eddie MacDonald/Mike Peters)
From the album Eye Of The Hurricane
I.R.S. Records, 1987
The Alarm: “Absolute Reality” (Eddie MacDonald/Mike Peters)
From the album Strength
I.R.S. Records, 1985