Sixty Eight Guns
|Single by The Alarm|
|from the album Declaration|
|B-side||"68 Guns Part II"|
|Writer(s)||Mike Peters, Eddie MacDonald|
|The Alarm singles chronology|
The song was written by Alarm members Mike Peters and Eddie MacDonald and reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first Top 40 appearance and their highest ever position on that chart. The song also reached #39 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States, their first ever chart position in that country.
Background and writing
The lyrics were inspired by a book that Peters read on the 1960s street gangs of Glasgow.
All songs written by Mike Peters and Eddie MacDonald.
UK 7" Single
- "68 Guns" - 3:15
- "68 Guns Part II" - 3:25
UK 12" Single
- "68 Guns (full version)" - 5:45
- "Thoughts of a Young Man" - 2:50
- Vocals - Mike Peters
- Guitars - Dave Sharp, Mike Peters
- Bass - Eddie McDonald
- Drums - Nigel Twist
- Keyboards - Ian Kewley
- Piano - Alan Shacklock
- Trumpet - Arthur Fairlie
- Single cover - Harry Murlowski
|Canadian Hot 100||-|
|Irish Singles Chart|
|UK Singles Chart||17|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||-|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||39|
The song appeared on several other 'Alarm' releases:
As a live track on the maxi-version of the single Spirit of '76
A further live version of note appears of Live [From a Broadcast] by Mike Peters. It includes an additional verse that was dropped during the early stages of writing.
- Interview with Mike Peters published in 'Zig Zag' magazine, 1983