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Known early on for their 19th century cavalry garb and ridiculous amounts of hairspray, the Alarm parlayed robust, folk-inspired rock anthems into an eight-year, five-album career. Fronted by Mike Peters, the Alarm hit hard with Declaration in 1984, and built upon that album's success with Strength and Eye Of The Hurricane, easily two of the most popular albums of the mid-'80s "alternative" rock movement. Like their peers U2, INXS and R.E.M., the Alarm found themselves poised for superstardom by 1987. But subsequent albums Change and Raw failed to capture the imagination of the Welsh band's huge worldwide audience, and Peters ultimately bowed out in 1991.