2.11.2017

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"Inflammable material"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
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:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music 
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk





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"Go for it"
Year:  1981
Country:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk






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"flags and emblems"
Year:  1991
Country:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Rock






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"get a life"
Year:  1994
Country:  UK
Label:  Castle
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        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
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






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"hope street"
Year:  1999
Country:  UK
City:  Belfast
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock



















we ignore the reasons but this album was issued firstly in 1999 as double CD, next to the live compilation "Greatest hits live in the UK" through the own band under the "false" record label "Oxygen Records". Later in 2004 was Universal Music (EMI) which issued the twelve songs studio album plus two interviews, with Jake Burns and Steve Grantley.
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"guitar and drum"
Year:  2003
Country:  UK
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  38 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:  44 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock


















There has been much talk of a new Stiff Little Fingers album during the past eleven years ("Guitar and Drum" 2003) and after not being happy with their dealings with potential labels, the band eventually took matters into their own hands and decided upon asking fans to fund the recording and production of their first new album in over a decade. Using PledgeMusic the target was reached within 12 hours, showing that even after 35 years the band still has a loyal fan base eager to hear new material and willing to do something about it.





The result of that fervour is now here via the initial download released to those that pledged and it has to be said that it's a very good album indeed. Now then, I will fess up here and say that Stiff Little Fingers are my favourite band and have been for over thirty years during which they've provided me with more than any other artist in terms of enjoyment etc. and yes, I pledged cold hard cash on day one to help get the project off the ground but this review is still written with a degree of objectivity – there are no scales over my eyes, or ears.





A number of these tracks have featured in live shows over the past few years and it's two of these which kick off No Going Back. First is "Liars Club" a song Jake Burns wrote about politicians and second is "My Dark Places", a poignant track which deals with the Burns' battle with a depression; a song which has struck a chord with many of the band's fans on hearing it performed live. What is evident from "Liars Club" is that although musically the band might not have that musical edge from the early days, Burns and Co. (for the record the "Co." is original bassist Ali McMordie, and the long standing pair of drummer Steve Grantley and guitarist Ian McCallum) still have a fire beating within them which needs to address what they see as being wrong in the world these days – so really, it's the same as when they started but delivered in a slightly different way, all of which remains Stiff Little Fingers to the core.





The album features the distinctive guitar playing of Burns and it's always a delight to hear his work, with trademark punchy riffs and chords to drive songs like "One Man Island", "Good Luck With That" and "Trail Of Tears" along with ease. Beyond Burns' contribution one other moment that stands out for me and that is McMordie's bass on "Full Steam Backwards" which gloriously propels the song from start to finish, underpinning Burn's spirited vocal performance as it goes. It has to be said that as good as Bruce Foxton was in the band, no-one can hold a candle to McMordie when it comes to laying down bass lines – his return to the band seems to have had a massive impact. Despite the members of the band being long in the tooth there is no lack of passion throughout this album with targets being the banking institutions, selfishness and record labels/managers amongst others, each one deservedly chosen (*Note = this review was writen HERE ).
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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 for all those lovers of Stiff Little Fingers.
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"Live St. Patrix"
Year:  1993
Country:  UK
City:  Glasgow
Label:   Let Them Eat Vinyl
Format:  CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  60 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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