2004 single by The Poppy Fields (The Alarm)
“45 RPM” is a song written by Mike Peters and Steve Grantley.

Background and writing[edit]
The song was the first official release by the Alarm since 1991, although it was originally credited as a recording by the Poppy Fields.
The single was released on 7″ vinyl and two CD editions.
It was billed as an advance release from the album In the Poppy Fields.

Chart performance[edit]
The song reached No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and No. 6 on the UK Independent Singles Chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]
All songs written by Mike Peters unless otherwise indicated.

UK 7″ single[edit]
“45 RPM” (Peters/Grantley) – 2:47
“It’s Not Unusual” (Reed/Mills)
UK CD maxi-single 1[edit]
“45 RPM (edit)” (Peters/Grantley) – 2:59
“Contientious Objector” – 4:09
“68 Guns (Live Session Nov 4, 2003)” – 4:53
UK CD maxi-single 2[edit]
“45 RPM (album version)” (Peters/Grantley) – 3:10
“Spirit of ’76 (Live Session Nov 4, 2003)” – 7:10
“Statue of Liberty” – 5:52
Bass, backing vocals – Craig Adams
Drums, percussion, backing vocals – Steve Grantley
Guitar [6 & 12 string], backing vocals – James Stevenson
Vocals, guitar, harmonica – Mike Peters
Artwork – Karl Parsons
Recorded at Foel Studios, Llanfair Caereinion, Wales.[3]

Promotional release[edit]

A promotional CD was released with one track only, “45 RPM” (2:47).

The single was released under the pseudonym band name the Poppy Fields.[4] Radio 1 DJs such as Mark and Lard and Steve Lamacq were taken in by the stunt. Music reviewers were raving about the Poppy Fields based on them being a bunch of punky teenagers. Record company executives desperately wanted to find out more about the unheard band. Music channels played a video of a fictional group.
Leader singer Mike Peters explained:
“We thought we had nothing to lose,” said Peters. “If we had put out a single by
The Alarm, there would have been a negative feeling, because whether record company
executives and music journalists admit it or not image is rated far higher than the music
“I hope we’ve proved a valid point. Why must new music necessarily have to be made by new
bands. I’m 44 but I’m writing new songs as fresh and as vibrant as anything I’ve ever done.
In Britain we’re too quick to want to find the next big thing. If you’re over 35 you’re
dismissed as over-the-hill.[4]


External links[edit]


The Poppy Fields


Princess Caraboo

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