The Alarm Clocks

Alarm Clocks, TheFrom: Cleveland, OH, USA

The Alarm Clocks have become one of the more sought-after garage bands of the 1960s. Their raw, crud-filled musical style was highlighted on Tim Warren’s 1983 Back From The Grave, Vol. 1. Both new and older generations were introduced to the raw power of this underground band. The original line-up for the Alarm Clocks was Mike Pierce (bass, vocals), Bruce Boehm (guitar), and Bill Schwark (drums).

Rumor has it that in 1964, Boehm, heavily influenced by the Beatles, picked up a guitar and formed a band called the Perceptions with Tim Douglas (drums) and Jeff Surveges (bass). Boehm left the Perceptions in 1965 to join the more steady band, the Night People. In the neighbourhood lived Mike Pierce, who persuaded Boehm to form a band the reveled the sound of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Animals. Boehm agreed, and Schwark was added on drums. The Alarm Clocks were born, and once they started landing local gigs, Boehm left the Night People. The band recorded their first single in the spring of 1966 at the small Cleveland studio SIR. Roughly 200 copies of the 45 would eventually appear in August ’66. “No Reason To Complain” / “Yeah!” features two great garage punk songs, the B-side being exceptionally raw and intense. They would soon return to the studio, where they recorded several demos of covers. In the summer of 1967, Frank Rezek (vocals) was added and the band changed their name to the Purple Haze. Boehm quit at the end of the year to be replaced by Bob Kalamasz. Rick Caon would also join the band when they were known as the Looking Glass.

Yeah! is a twelve-track album that gathers the Alarm Clocks’ original single along with the other demos from 1966. Also included are three basement recordings from 1965 by the Perceptions.

Artist information sources include: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers by Vernon Joynson

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From the 1966 single Awake Records 107

  • Yeah!