Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
Label: 4 Men With Beards – 4m526
Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Album
With insert. Reissue on 180 gram vinyl.
Released: 30 Apr 2010
A1 Suspect Device 2:29
A2 State Of Emergency 2:23
A3 Here We Are Nowhere 0:56
A4 Wasted Life 3:03
A5 No More Of That
Vocals – Henry Cluney 2:03
A6 Barbed Wire Love 2:29
A7 White Noise 1:42
A8 Breakout 3:02
B1 Law And Order 3:10
B2 Rough Trade 2:29
B3 Johnny Was
Written-By – Bob Marley 8:06
B4 Alternative Ulster
Producer – Ed Hollis
Remix – Doug Bennett 2:41
B5 Closed Groove 4:04
Bass – Ali McMordie
Drums – Brian Faloon
Guitar [Lead], Vocals – Jake Burns
Guitar [Rhythm] – Henry Cluney
Producer – Geoff Travis (tracks: A1 to B3, B5), Mayo Thompson (tracks: A1 to B3, B5)
Written-By – Ogilvie (tracks: A1, A6, A7, B1, B2, B4, B5), SLF (tracks: A1 to B2, B4, B5)
This is one of my FAVORITE punk albums of all time. Yet, a disturbingly few amount of people know who the hell SLF are! If you like the Clash or the Sex Pistols, you will LOVE SLF, no doubt.
Stiff Little Fingers is a band from Belfast, Ireland, a place of many troubles around the time of this record's release in 1979, and their songs reflect all of this suffering. They were rebels with a cause, trying to give hope to the masses in Northern Ireland, and they used some damn good punk rock music to spread their messages. Everyone who knows of SLF are quick to call them the "Irish Clash."
Well, as much as I like the Clash, I'd have to say that I enjoy listening to SLF quite a bit more. They were rawer, angrier, and more true to their rebellious punk roots than the Clash, yet at the same time, they share the same reggae/ska/dub influences (they cover Bob Marley's "Johnny Was").
Suspect Device: This is the album version of the song. It's one of my favourites, the chorus is amazing and the lyrics really hit home.
Here We Are Nowhere: I didn't think much of this at first, but it's so catchy it will stick in your head for days. Trust me.
Wasted Life: Somehow Jake's voice sounds even more sharp on this song. It's about not wanting to be a soldier.
Barbed Wire Love: This is an odd love song. At one point the Stiff Little Fingers sound nothing like they do usually. But it's brilliant.
White Noise: An anti-racism song. Very sharp and cut edge, one of the best on the record.
Breakout: Pretty much an anti- 9 to 5 song. I love it.
Law and Order: This is a nice little punk song. OK, so nice may not fit it exactly, but I'm running out of adjectives. This is a song about the pigs. They do a nice job of it too.
Rough Trade: This is a fantastic song about a certain big record company that did the Fingers over. Again one of my personal favourites.
Johnny Was: I don't know much about reggae, but I know that I like this song. It's lengthly, though (EIGHT MINUTES? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ONE TRUTH, TWO MINUTES, THREE CHORDS AND 4 OVER 4 TIME SIGNATURE?). But I absolutely love the intro.
Alternative Ulster: This was one of the first punk songs I liked, again maybe because of the fact I am living in Ulster where it's boring at the best of times. But I LOVE the lyrics. I mean, the 2nd verse: 'Is this the kinda place you wanna live? Is this where you wanna be? Is this the only life we're gonna have?'. And the last screaming bit: 'They say they're a part of you, but that's not true you know. They say they got control of you, but that's a lie you know. They say you will never be free.'
Closed Groove: Weird, weird song. But it will stick in your head.
78 RPM: I love this song, I really do. It's more upbeat than the others, but that ain't a bad thing.
Interview: This is pretty interesting, I found parts of it funny ie. Jake Burns's first radio interview, John Peel's little obsession etc.
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device
the UK punk music scene was already so stylish in the 70's
Stiff Little Fingers - Barbed Wire Love
A great and sadly unrecognised band and track.