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Fact #169855


Short story:

Sold Me Down The River by The Alarm reaches No43 in the UK singles chart.

Full article:

Mike Peters (The Alarm) : I remember (during recording of the album Change at Skylight Studios, London) we came to do Sold Me Down The River. We'd got a good backing track down, but I wasn't too happy with the vocal, so I wanted to re-do the vocal. It was so hot, so I said to Tony (Visconti, producer), "Look, can I go and sing it on the roof of the studio?" And Dave (Sharp, guitarist) and I really got into this idea, so Tony said "OK." and we fed a cable up through the opening, up on to the roof, and we climbed up a ladder to the roof.

Dave brought his guitar up with a little practice amp for me. I got the microphone out and put the headphones on. Tony Visconti started pumping out Sold Me Down The River and I was there singing away, the river Thames down below us. It was absolutely brilliant. There was an airship that came right overhead and Twist was on the roof with us filming it. We had a video camera and he was filming it, taking pictures. I've used some of the photographs in the Change sleeve, you can see me and Dave rocking away on the roof of the studio with a Fuji airship flying away over our heads. It was a great rock'n roll moment, shall we say?