The band were formed in Egremont, Cumbria. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the home of the World Gurning Championships 😉
It’s also a complete pain in the arse to get to. You go up the M6 to Kendal, turn left for Barrow and then turn left again for Egremont. They were an instant hit, with this song storming into the top 10 in the middle of its 12-week chart stay in the summer of 1986.
I bought it on the 30th July – and it’s one of a small number of singles that I took a punt on. They weren’t established stars, but they did have a bit of a The Alarm vibe and in 1986 I was mad keen on The Alarm, so why not?
Looking back now, it’s just possible that the song is a wee bit cheesy. It’s almost a twin to Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills. Certainly in terms of lyrical sentiment, if not genre. For the eagle-eyed amongst you, the picture of the soldier on the TV that the child is pointing his pistol at is the famous image of East German border guard Conrad Schumann as he defected to the West in 1961.
At the end of the day, there are two types of music. Music you like and music you don’t like. But when all’s said and done, I loved this single.