Ageing Welsh rockers The Alarm have admitted that a record from a seemingly new band that appeared in the singles chart last week was theirs.
The Alarm, best known for their 1983 hit ’68 Guns’, recorded the new track
under the pseudonym The Poppyfields. They then hired a young unknown Chester band called The Wayriders to mime to the track in the accompanying video. Coverage of the track secured the band enough sales to get them to number 28 in last week’s UK singles chart.
The Alarm’s Mike Peters told reporters they staged the stunt to show that radio stations shun his band for image rather than musical reasons: “We wanted the song to be judged on its merits and stir up the water a little bit. We decided we would do something where it was judged purely on its own musical value. The Alarm as an entity have been going for 20-odd years and history can go against you – we wanted to break the barrier down”.