¡Alarma! (album)

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¡Alarma! is a 1981 album by rock band Daniel Amos, released on Newpax Records.

¡Alarma!, released weeks after the band's Beatles/Beach Boys influenced Horrendous Disc, took a decidedly New Wave direction along the lines of Elvis Costello or Talking Heads.

Lyrically, the album contains social commentary so harsh that CCM described it as "perhaps the most scathing ever put out by a Christian label."[1]

¡Alarma! was the first of a four part series of albums by DA entitled The ¡Alarma! Chronicles, which also included the albums Doppelgänger, Vox Humana, and Fearful Symmetry. On the tours that followed each release, the band presented a full multimedia event complete with video screens synchronized to the music—something that was unusual in the early 1980s for any band.[citation needed] This album, along with the other three albums from the Alarma! Chronicles, was rereleased as part of the Alarma! Chronicles Book set in 2000. The Book Set included 3 CDs, over 200 pages of lyrics, photos, liner notes, essays, interviews and other information in a hardcover book.

Dieckmeyer left the band before the ¡Alarma! Tour, and was replaced with bassist, Tim Chandler.

This album was listed at #62 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (Harvest House Publishers, 2001).


Track listing

Side one

Side two


Additional musicians

  • Alex MacDougall added percussion
  • Karen Benson sang background vocals on "Ghost of the Heart".

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