Tuesday, 2 December 2014

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS















"Inflammable material"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal
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:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  33 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:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal
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:  UK
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock



















Internationalist and Universalist manifesto. This is the reunion album after touring early 90s, and this is the result of the desire to record new material since 1981. The danger with bands reforming and recording after longtime can be that their new material will be seen in a negative light as it doesn't measure up to earlier albums. But this is not the case at all with "flags & emblems", which perhaps has nothing to do with punk rock but closer to alternative rock, indie pop or simply rock'n'roll. Stylistically, the album is back to what SLF do best: solid rock songs with intelligent and original lyrics related to: internationalism, universalism, social issues, politics and also emotional issues. The album was reissued in 2004 with new liner notes and a couple of bonus tracks - a remix of "The Cosh" and an interview with Jake Burns. The interview is an informative listen and covers how the reformation occurred, touring and the controversy about the song "Beirut Moon". The best way to sum this album up is that there are two excellent tracks that would easily make a SLF 'best of,' a fistful of good songs and no one mediocre songs. Though I can to affirmm this is a good album, which maybe was issued in a bad moment, bad place and a bad way, but it continues to be an excellent recording which with the pass of time has become in other essential SLF album.
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"get a life"
Year:  1994
Country:  UK
Label:  Taang!
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















When these venerable Irish punks joined the early-'90s reunion parade, few gave them any chance of going the distance, especially after a decidedly iffy comeback album, Flags & Emblems (1991). However, a funny thing happened four years later: singer-guitarist Jake Burns figured out how to make those shopworn pop-punk chords ring true again, yielding one of the band's finest outings. The title track's martial denunciation of apathy sets an appropriate back-to-basics tone. Topical pop-punk is the blueprint, with Burns slinging blasts against social complacency ("No Laughing Matter"), police corruption ("Forensic Evidence"), anti-immigrant bias ("Harp"), and the end of Communism ("The Night That the Wall Came Down"). Studio-wise, former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton plays an effective foil to Burns, while drummer Dolphin Taylor's unflagging rat-a-tat-tat keeps the proceedings taut and focused. The production is as crisp and business-like as the songs themselves. Rounding off matters are "unplugged" remakes of the standards "Silver Lining," "Wasted Life," and the later-era fare of "Listen" -- as well as live versions of Foxton's major Jam credit, "Smithers-Jones," and "Alternative Ulster," the single that launched the band's career. Solid melodies and performances enable Get a Life to outstrip the rickety material and execution that usually dogs most returning bands. In this respect, Stiff Little Fingers' story parallels that of the Buzzcocks, who've aged equally well, even if the chart hits don't follow anymore. (*Review by Ralph Heibutzki )
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"tinderbox"
Year:  1997
Country:  UK
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock




















After the complete failure "now then" album (1982), the original members decided to come back in the 90s decade to record several studio albums until this one entitled "tinderbox" in 1997. The true this album keep big similarities with The Clash first era, both music and lyrics (social issues, politics, anti-war, 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,. The newest one was HERE in 2016, but this ONE was made in 2002 through label EMI (Universal Music).
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"hope street"
Year:  1999
Country:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal
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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"guitar and drum"
Year:  2003
Country:  UK
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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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 related 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. In 2017 it was a re-issue with a complete new artwork and re-mastered sound, which became more crude and raw than the original.   It's only rock'n'roll... but I like it so much!
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"live in Aberdeen"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  Aberdeen, Scotland
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk

















What a wonderful find! I spent ages trying to track this elusive live set from 1979, often believing that it would be no more than a typical completist fan's token addition to the back catalogue. It is so much more than that. It is a wonderfully recorded tribute to SLF during the year that really mattered - 1979 - and evokes a wonderful feel of being a well recorded bootleg. The performance is intimate, the sound mix almost furiously perfect, and it's great to hear live renditions of tracks from the first 2 albums which have never otherwise made it to CD. These are the deservedly rose tinted glory years for SLF and as such even after the first hearing I feel that it is the best live recording we have - much better than the myriad of reunion shows available. This is, was, and remains the real thing, and as such, SLF should be justly proud that this set remains so relevant 25 years on. Still a class live act, it does amaze to appreciate just how good they were back in 1979. Just try out 'Suspect Device', 'Wait and See' and 'Johnny Was, not to mention 'Breakout'. So if you are a fan, you must add this to your collection. I am sure that it will immediately become one of your ultimate SLF recordings !
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"live at Rainbow - hanx"
Year:  1980
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk






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"Live at Brixton Academy"
Year:  1991
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Let Them Eat Vinyl
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  18
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock











 





Live at Brixton Academy 27th October 1991, London and issued one year later entitled "fly the flags" (Dojo Records) and re-issued in 2015 through record label "Let Them Eat Vinyl" on LP format. This live performance collect songs of their three first albums (closer to punk rock) and also from their (then in 1991) newest album "flags and emblems", closer to alternative rock, melodic pop, etc. Surprisingly the quality sound is excellent, the whole (vocals and instruments) are very clear and good, and it's not strange at all somebody had the idea to become this concert on physical format. Brilliant live concert recommended for all those lovers of Stiff Little Fingers.
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"Live St. Patrix"
Year:  1993
Country:  UK
City:  Glasgow
Label:  Vinyl
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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"Live at Barrowland"
Year:  1999
Country:  UK
City:  Glasgow
Label: Secret
Format:  CD, DVD
Tracks:  15
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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"live the Assembly
Leamington Spa"
Year:  2010
Country:  UK
Label:  none
Format:  digital
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock




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"Live the Assembly Leamington"
Year:  2012
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  none
Format:  digital
Tracks:  21
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





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"Live - Best served loud"
Year:  2016
Label: Ear music
Format:  CD, LP, DVD
Tracks:  20
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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