Tuesday, 2 December 2014

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"Inflammable material"
Year:  1979
Country:  Northern Ireland
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk





























This is the debut and best album ever by the political punk band STIFF LITTLE FINGERS. Most of the album's tracks are about the "troubles" and the grim reality of life in Northern Ireland with the songs containing themes of teenage boredom, sectarian violence, police oppression, unemployent, etc., urging people to "grab it and change it, it's yours" in what became their signature song "Alternative Ulster". The song "Rough Trade" is about the band's view of the music business as being dishonest but have since claimed it is not about the record label which happens to have the same name. In 2001 the major EMI made a CD reissue added two tracks. The reissue also includes the first part of an interview of Jake Burns by Alan Parker (the second part is included in the reissue of Nobody's Heroes. Strictly musical STIFF LITTLE FINGERS is very influenced by bands near to classic rock or Mod music like The Clash, The Jam, etc. making songs not fast or agressive but more classic 1977 sound.
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"Nobody's heroes"
Year:  1980
Country:  Northern Ireland
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk



























"Nobody's Heroes" is the second album by the political punk band Stiff Little Fingers, released in 1980. It include the hit "Doesn't Make It All Right" which is a cover of a song from The Specials debut album and which was also popular as a "Hay algo aqui que va mal" covered by the basque rock band Kortatu. The first release was made by the record label Crysalis in 1980 (with ten songs) and later, in 1989, was EMI which made and distribute the album plus three bonus song.
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"Go for it"
Year:  1981
Country:  Northern Ireland
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk























"Go For It" is the third album by Stiff Little Fingers released in 1981 by the label "Crysalis". In 2001 there was an edition of this album by EMI which included four tracks as a bonus tracks. In general here the band made a disk more melodic, softer, slower and close to pop, new wave and reggae too, and to be a bit more straightforward, this album is recommended, but is not very enjoyable for a person that has never heard the band before. In other words, one that has heard "Inflammable material" a few times through and other work as well, will enjoy this album about ten times more than one that has maybe heard the singles at the very most. You must love the STIFF LITTLE FINGERS if you want to really appreciate "Go for it". But hey, that´s just my opinion, go ahead and try it out. This is still good music, good artwork and one of the very best bands to ever strike the genre. After this one comes a complete failure album entitled "
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"flags and emblems"
Year:  1991
Country:  Northern Ireland
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Rock






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"tinderbox"
Year:  1997
Country:  Northen Ireland
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock



























After the group disbanded in 1982, after the complete failure "now then" album, the original members decided to come back in the 90s decade and to record two albums until this third one entitled "tinderbox" in 1997. Frankly these three last albums have nothing to do with punk rock or something like that, but this is a good, simple and classic rock'n'roll with intelligent lyrics focalized on social issues, unemployment, anti-war, politics, etc. In the first era and also in the second one SLF has played in a lot of benefit concerts such as: Mandela's Death, Strummerville, Rock Against Racism, Riot Fest, Rock Against Apartheid, Third World and many others, and people and press use to describe SLF as the irish The Clash version. "Roaring Boys" (Parts One & Two) appear like two different songs but they are actually one. This album has issued through several record labels and also with different cover, back, booklet and general artwork, this one was made in 2002.
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"hope street"
Year:  1999
Country:  Northern Ireland
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock

























"hope street" is the eighth studio album recorded by Stiff Little Fingers, released in 1999. The album was released as on two formats, firstly as a normal lengh album, and secondly as double disc set including a compilation second CD plus two interviews. The album has also different order songs list it depends of UK or US issue. However it's still a very good album which continue in the same stylistic music line as its predecessor "thinderbox". So, great guitars, good similarities to The Clash and also good and intelligent lyrics related to: social issues, politics, racism, pauverty, etc.
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"no going back"
Year:  2014
Country:  UK
Label:  none
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock





























Medias and labels continue to describe SLF as a political punk rock band, but the true is this newest recording from 2014, is as a complete rock'n'roll album, about composition, sound, voices... even the four musicians dress closer to rockers than punks, but perhaps only lyrics still keep ceratin similarity to their roots closer to social issues, politics, etc. This time has been the band who was charged to produced the work and no one record label. The whole is simple and classic rock, but despite this facts, this is still an excellent album, with well writen songs, good guitars and brilliant sound. It's only rock'n'roll... but I like it so much!
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