[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]
The Alarm — Rain In The Summertime
Album: Eye Of The Hurricane
Avg rating:
6.8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1602









Released: 1987
Length: 5:10
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Under the anvil of the sun
Sweat, like a train
I come, I come,
My body to dust
Scorched by the might of the sun

Burning light, burning white heat
Like wildfire
I sweat a fever
My body screams
Disintegrates in the heat

Our love is the FAITH that keeps on burning

I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face
I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face

Burnt at the stake, on a bed of fire
My body rises
Taking me higher
My loves desire
Is pure ascension fire

And love is the FAITH that keeps on burning

I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face
I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face

And then I run 'til the breath tears my throat
'Til the pain hits my side
As if I run fast enough
I can leave all the pain and the sadness behind

I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face
I love to feel the RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME
I love to feel the rain on my face
(I love to feel the rain on my face)
(In the summertime)
Comments (210)add comment
Love to feel the rain in the summertime? Good. Then you can walk my dog this morning. 
Mike Peters is still doing it today.  He even sang for Big Country for a bit after Stuart Adamson passed.
 Rockit9 wrote:
YEAH MAN,  like bass fishing in reverse; if God,,,

 

 (anonymous) wrote:
I saw this tour "Electric Folklore" twice. They put on an awesome show. Then they fell of the face of the planet. I will always remember this song from my freshman year in college.
 
The resulting EP "Electric Folklore Live" is quite good. It seems they are/were better live than in the studio. 
 bassbambi wrote:
I understand why people refer to U2 because of the singers voice. But not having The Edge makes it totally different, its more simple minds in a sense then U2
 

Thanks for pointing out that U2 is not the same band as without The Edge.
 jelgator wrote:
This song blows
 

Agreed
A Welsh band promoting rain in the summertime.
 Rob57 wrote:
This is a great track, not heard it for years. Saw them at Wembley stadium supporting INXS... who were supporting Queen... what a gig!
 

INXS, The Alarm, Status Quo, Queen, July 1986, Wembley Stadium. Quite a day, so it was!
We could use a little more rain in the midwest this summer...
 Rockit9 wrote:
God Dammit this is the BOMB!!!
 

What?!
God Dammit this is the BOMB!!!
I understand why people refer to U2 because of the singers voice. But not having The Edge makes it totally different, its more simple minds in a sense then U2
 jelgator wrote:
This song blows any Radiohead song out of the water.
 

Easy Tiger....Grapefruit & Bananas are totally different!
Need to play Ray Wylie Hubbard's 'Snake Farm' after this...
c.
Still loving this song years later. I had it originally on vinyl. 
8 for the song, +1 for the SWEET hair!
This song blows any Radiohead song out of the water.
This is a great track, not heard it for years. Saw them at Wembley stadium supporting INXS... who were supporting Queen... what a gig!
Quite outdated. Like most of the songs from that period.
Holy crap, I haven't heard this in FOREVER!! I had the album on cassette and played it during road trips in the old Honda. Great memories, thanks RP :)
 Boxie wrote:
I thought this was U2.  Doesn't mattet excellent song. 
 
Those two and Big Country definitely occupied a similar niche at the time, in my head anyway. Welsh, Irish and Scots respectively, with Big Country even playing bagpipes on the guitar. ;)
U1.3
The Alarm is one of my favorite bands ever.  Love it!!
I thought this was U2.  Doesn't mattet excellent song. 
 musicbelgium80s wrote:
Check some pictures of The Alarm I took back in 1984 when they were supporting U2 in Belgium : http://bit.ly/alarmfn84 Enjoy !
 
Thanks for the link. I was there too at that time in Vorst Nationaal ! 
Went to school in Middlesbrough UK with a girl who grew up with these guys. Always liked their music.
Check some pictures of The Alarm I took back in 1984 when they were supporting U2 in Belgium : http://bit.ly/alarmfn84 Enjoy !
They were never as cerebral or self-absorbed as U2, but they rocked earnestly.
 maier66 wrote:
Awfully
 
Awfully . . . good?  Agreed.  8.
Awfully
 Cynaera wrote:
I have to say it:  The guy in the foreground of the album photo looks like a punked-out version of Michael Praed (the guy who portrayed Robin Hood in the Showtime series of the same name.) Yum.  Regardless.  And I still love this song.
 

'Yum' indeed! :-D
This tune always grabs me by the Boo-Boo. Very well produced.
I saw these guys in 86 at Lord Beaverbooks in Sacramento and they blew the whole place away.....what a memory!
Wiki thankfully explained why this sounds like U2...and to learn that the band used to be called 'The Toilets' - ha!  What was the next name to be used...the Beds or The Sink? 


I did re-rate my 6 to a7....maybe next listening i'll even go to an 8.  Long Live RP!!
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

 
Ditto.
Please, make it stop. My boom box can't take it anymore. 
Not too much into the singer's style, but the production quality is way in advance for a 1987 act.
At first I thought this was U2, except that... I LIKED it.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Pretty much everyone I knew in the Detroit New Wave scene back in the late 1980s viewed this band with distain. Their music had no depth. 

 
Interesting then that we are still listening to them, so obviously you were wrong.
Pretty much everyone I knew in the Detroit New Wave scene back in the late 1980s viewed this band with distain. Their music had no depth. 
Only the band U2 could have been...
Still touring, plus doing great work raising funds and awareness for cancer.  Good luck to them.

https://thealarm.com/
Sounds like David Usher was singing in the 80s too...
Great to hear The Alarm on Radio Paradise - not really because I am a massive fan of their music, but they were local to me in North Wales growing up and were real role models for up and coming bands (as well as being really nice guys as well!)

Mike Peters and his lovely wife Jules have both had serious health problems, so they set up a charitable foundation called Love, Hope, Strength and he still performs at his annual  "Gathering" festival get-together which celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2017

Just a bit of trivia for all you RP folks :) 
love to feel deranged in the summertime
This album has so many great songs on it.
A Truly Great band That's Not U2
 kimschoice wrote:
Holy crap. Always thought this WAS Bono.  

 
I thought the opening was that Bruce Springsteen thing  from 2002
Coolest thing was always the guitar intro, after that it's a b-side from U2.
Holy crap. Always thought this WAS Bono.  
I meant Mr. DJ
Ditto mr do thanks
Oh, I love these guys. And this song is wonderful!
Imagine if Bono's singing was even worse. Ladies and Gentleman, The Alarm.
Guessing this charted very high.  Great anthem!
The louder I play this track, the more I like it!! {#Bananajam}
First time I saw them and heard this song - SF Auditorium around 1982 - they were the opening act for an exciting new band from Ireland - called U2.  Nice tune.  But IMO U2 had a bit more impact...
Wonderful memories along with this jam. I was living down along Boulder Creek with Mad Patrick, Crazy Mary, and my Siamese cat Syd. Flying Saucers were seen often that summer (the best blotter, from Guffy up in Nederland) and my Japan dream was incubating.
 joempie wrote:

68 Guns is even better imho.

 
Yep. The Alarm got a lot of flak for being so overblown and that was deserved. This song's bombast doesn't fit the lyric at all. But 68 Guns? It works. Big themes, big sound.
 
By the way, all of these guys are super nice. After I met them I really wanted them to make it. I guess they did. 
 
 
 AphidA wrote:
This is a great song but, possibly, the only The Alarm song to warrant any air play.  And, incidentally, Mike Peters' hair is something thou shalt not gaze upon if you want to avoid bursting out in uncontrollable laughter.

 
'Tis a barnet of great awesomeness, right enough.
 AphidA wrote:
This is a great song but, possibly, the only The Alarm song to warrant any air play.  And, incidentally, Mike Peters' hair is something thou shalt not gaze upon if you want to avoid bursting out in uncontrollable laughter.

 
68 Guns is even better imho.
"....and I still haven't found what I'm looking for...."
 AphidA wrote:
This is a great song but, possibly, the only The Alarm song to warrant any air play.  And, incidentally, Mike Peters' hair is something thou shalt not gaze upon if you want to avoid bursting out in uncontrollable laughter.
 
That's true, but the same could be said about the hairstyles of a lot of performers from the 1960s and '70s.
I loved this song when they overplayed it on the radio back in the day and have enjoyed rediscovering The Alarm years later. These guys were always just trying to be big and brassy and I think the test of time has shown that they cultivated their own sound, U2 comparisons not withstanding.
How cool. I've been collecting summer songs for a playlist lately (harder than it seems), and this is one of them.
This is a great song but, possibly, the only The Alarm song to warrant any air play.  And, incidentally, Mike Peters' hair is something thou shalt not gaze upon if you want to avoid bursting out in uncontrollable laughter.
 planet_lizard wrote:

Blimey - are they still going? I saw them at Wembley in about 86 when they were on the bill with INXS, Status Quo and Queen. Was a cracking gig and they were very good.
 
That sounds like an amazing show...even though I tend not to like large rock concerts. 
I added this to my current playlist this morning.  That's just spooky, Bill.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
Perfect for a rainy morning.
 ziakut wrote:
This song has a sound, which is a victim of its own 80s shroud. The fact that you don't hear it too often anywhere makes it more appealing in this format here. I'll take this over almost any U2 at the moment.

 
Ironic, considering that The Alarm were labeled U2 clones when they came out. 
Saw these guys open for the Pretenders way back in 83.
We could really use some rain right now in California....
Me love this song looong time {#Music}
It reminded me of Arcade Fire in the beginning...so it's not that bad...
Love the melody and guitar.......!! {#Daisy}
Lord, but this time sounds good with beer! 
This song has a sound, which is a victim of its own 80s shroud. The fact that you don't hear it too often anywhere makes it more appealing in this format here. I'll take this over almost any U2 at the moment.
Both Alarm and u2 have good tunes. Thanks for playing the less heard on RP!


 Cynaera wrote:
I have to say it:  The guy in the foreground of the album photo looks like a punked-out version of Michael Praed (the guy who portrayed Robin Hood in the Showtime series of the same name.) Yum.  Regardless.  And I still love this song.

 
Sweet!  
I've never heard this before, but I like it and not too dated. Maybe I'm too dated?
 msymmes wrote:
Nothing sounds better than U2 any day !!

 
Fixed that for you.  :)
Sounds better than U2 any day !!
So, Mike Peters is touring and singing with Big Country.  They have a new record out... what little I've heard is pretty good upon first listen.  I liked both bands but a blend confuses me a bit.  I suppose he'd doing a good job honoring Stuart Adamson. 
...zooming
Blast from the past....!  I think I owned this on cassette tape.  Bought it just for this song, it was the standout, can't remember any other tracks.
Great song.  
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Who gives a crap if this sounds like U2?

This is a beautiful song with solid guitar!!

Enjoy the sounds people......good sounds make us feel good, right? {#Cheers} 
 
Agreed !!!!!

Nice stuff Bill !
Played a gig w/ these guys back in the day..they were an good bunch of guys. Cool and not full of themselves ..kind of refreshing for rock musicians.
This is a band I would like to hear more on RP
Even ignoring the U2 resemblance, I think the song suffers mightily from the '80s production. It is also too repetitive.
Who gives a crap if this sounds like U2?

This is a beautiful song with solid guitar!!

Enjoy the sounds people......good sounds make us feel good, right? {#Cheers} 
Always liked this song. Never heard the U2 similarities until now. That's not a bad thing when taken in context with the era.
Perfect day for this song....8....rainy and cold in good ol' Valparaiso...
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Ah, the Alarm. The very first band to try to rip off U2. Sad.
 
Some bands almost create their own genre, as I believe did U2, from then until now - re, Jonny Buckland from Coldplay (guitar style, not the band - might as well be The Edge sitting in).  Otherwise, about 90% of what came after 1964 was derivative of The Beatles. As long as it doesn't suck, why not?
Quite likable U2/Simple Minds sound-alike (when those bounds were worth sounding like). Seriously embarrassing album cover. That reminds me, how about some Simple Minds Bill? Am I just hoping for a miracle? I guess I should checkout the LRC feature...
Nice to hear the Alarm on RP

Love this classic song!
 
Ah, the Alarm. The very first band to try to rip off U2. Sad.
I have to say it:  The guy in the foreground of the album photo looks like a punked-out version of Michael Praed (the guy who portrayed Robin Hood in the Showtime series of the same name.) Yum.  Regardless.  And I still love this song.
 superflyLD wrote:
If you ever have a chance to see The Alarm in concert definitly check them out! They are GREAT live!
 
Blimey - are they still going? I saw them at Wembley in about 86 when they were on the bill with INXS, Status Quo and Queen. Was a cracking gig and they were very good.

 oilydwarf wrote:
Sounds more like Bono than the little marching dwarf does himself!
 

This ISN'T U2? {#Shifty} ... learn something new every day
Sounds more like Bono than the little marching dwarf does himself!
ah! forgot about this one.
Lubs! 8
Not bad, mostly BECAUSE they sound so much like U2.    I suspect that if they weren't horrendously derivative, they wouldn't have had even this one hit. 
I love this song - and I love to feel the rain in the summertime, too.  Last time I heard this was in about 1989. Thanks for playing it, Bill and Rebecca!{#Sunny}
 lemmoth wrote:

Please send me the cost of a stamp, and I will mail you a clue.

 

That's hilarious, but in RobRyan's defence, I thought it was U2 too until I looked up and saw it was The Alarm - whoever they are/were?!
As bad a song as I thought the band was!
("2")
 RobRyan wrote:
This sounds like U2, except it's good.
 
Please send me the cost of a stamp, and I will mail you a clue.

I'm the first to react when someone comments that a song is repetitive by saying, it's rock and roll, popular music, music period, its supposed to have repetition.

But.......................this takes the cake. I give it a 2.
could they look any more like a caricature of an 80s rock band?
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
I live in Seattle; the last thing I ever want to see in the summertime is rain.

move to florida ... the summer thunderstorms are quickly epic and a welcome relief from the heat! in the bluebird skies of our warm winter i miss them

I live in Seattle; the last thing I ever want to see in the summertime is rain.
andycollingridge wrote:
I've never understood it, but I love this song. Best pop song by a Welsh band ever?...
What about "What's New Pussycat"?! Although I guess Tom Jones wouldn't be considered a 'band'.
This singer had possibly the most over-the-top 80s 'brit-rock hairdo--and now seeing the cover it apparently extended down his thorax. dig the tune 'tho.
...my SO laughs at me every time i listen to the alarm, but i don't care, i love them...somewhere deep down inside, i think she's really just laughing at their haircuts...
heh. 6 months later I say almost the exact same thing- funny! superflyLD wrote:
great song. soaring vocals. SEE THEM LIVE if you ever have a chance- you won't be disappointed!
If you ever have a chance to see The Alarm in concert definitly check them out! They are GREAT live!