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500. Red Alert – Malcolm and the Mirrors

RED ALERT (1982)

Malcolm and the Mirrors

One half of the famed “Malcolm and Alwyn” launched a solo career in the early 80’s with one solo project and this band project called, “Red Alert.” Full of early 80’s new wave a la “The Knack” this album is filled with apocalyptic warnings of a soon coming nuclear holocaust and immanent “Rapture” of the Church. Released originally in the UK and in America on a Calvary Chapel controlled label the content was pure “second wave” Jesus music. Loud, fun and entirely “British”  there really are very few duds. Stand outs include: Red Alert, Can’t Live Without Him, Gotta Give and the best cut, “Paint Your Windows White.”

The album may not fair well lyrically since the days of glasnost, but is a great ride. One note of importance to audiophiles: Richard Cimino co-wrote and played guitar on this album as an semi-offical “Mirror.”

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  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I knew some history was involved with this record but it was lost on me
    I enjoyed it purely on it’s own merit
    PAINT YOUR WINDOWS WHITE was always considered a classic by me
    This was one of the first ten albums I purchase after I was saved

  2. David
    November 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I loved this album. I’ve been searching for it on CD for years. One day I’ll get lucky. I hope.

  3. Roy Fredrickson
    December 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I was working at a Christian college radio station when this came out and I couldn’t believe it was the same Malcolm Wild that put out “Fools Wisdom!” It was completely different from Malcolm and Alwyn and the Alwyn Wall band was completely different from both of these. The fact that they could do so many different styles so well is, I think, a testament to their talent.

    “Paint Your Windows White” and “Can’t Live Without Him” received a lot of airplay at WGRN.

    Good album and a great one to kick off your countdown with.

  4. March 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I loved this album, too. It was probably one of the first 20 I bought after becoming a Christian. I have it on cassette, but not sure where it is…will have to look for it to convert it to digitial. Among the songs, “Paint Your Windows White” is a favorite.

  5. adam
    June 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    “She’s Gonna Go Through Changes” ROCKS! This was one of the first CCM cassettes I ever bought and I loved it… although a friend of mine (who liked more mainstream CCM) said he’d never trust my recommendations again 🙂

    I converted it to a CD, along with their track “Apathy” from the “What’s Shakin'” compilation… I think I shoved CIA’s debut EP on there as well 🙂

  6. Grenville
    July 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I think I bought the only copy of this album in Australia, a rejected sample.

    I thought the album was terrible! Maybe ‘imcompetent’ was a better word. Poor vocals, poor songwriting, syrupy melodrama, un-rocking rock, etc, etc. But it was the 80’s…

    On the other hand, congratulations on the Top 500 project. I have read up to early July 2011 and am amazed at how many of these albums I have heard or owned. And mostly I agree with your summaries. Good job.

    One question – will we see Blue Trapeze’s EP Mask & Marquee?

  7. Grenville
    July 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oops, an incompetent spelling of “incompetent”!

  8. Greg R.
    July 25, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Have this on vinyl but haven’t listened to it really..will have to get it out. And I remember vaguely listening to the Blue Marquee release on a cassette in a “listening station” in a Christian bookstore (remember those?) and kinda liking it but never picked it up. (I was a young and poor teen when it came out if I recall correctly…about 1985 or 1986 I think?)

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