The Alarm began in 1978, in the North-Wales town of Rhyl, under the name of 'Seventeen'. Its 4 members were Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald and Nigel Twist. They knocked around the music scene for a while with little success and reformed as 'Alarm Alarm' (taken from one of Seventeen's songs) in 1981. Then John Peel compared them to 'Duran Duran' and 'Talk Talk' and they quickly changed their name to 'The Alarm'. With the change of their name, came a change of location.