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Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable MaterialInflammable Material (1979)
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Contributed by: daz dog
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Having looked at the bands that have been reviewed on this site I was pleased to see that there is a solid mix between mainstream and underground bands, but the reviews of the older and origional punk bands are few and far between. So I thought it would be a good idea to beef up this section of rev.

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Having looked at the bands that have been reviewed on this site I was pleased to see that there is a solid mix between mainstream and underground bands, but the reviews of the older and origional punk bands are few and far between. So I thought it would be a good idea to beef up this section of reviews with the band "STIFF LITTLE FINGERS".

"INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL" is slf's first full album and opitomises the style of punk at the time being raw and politically charged. Growing up in Belfast (Northern Ireland) in the 1970's greatly influences their lyrics and this is shown right from the off set with the song "Suspect Device" about overthrowing the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries. The band manages to connect with their audience through their raw political sound but most songs are catchy with great hooks though all songs on this album have a seious undertone a perfect example being "wasted life" about refusing to get caught up in violence. The song "White Noise" is one of my favourites as its sound is punk rock personified, its catchy as hell as Jake Burns screams about white Britain being racists- "black wogs black wogs your face don't fit, black wogs black wogs- you ain't no Brit." What a fantastic example of typical punk sarcasm. I have to briefly mention "Alternative Ulster" the most famous song on the album and perhaps the band's most famous track, it has one of the most catchy riffs I've ever heard, most punk fans have probably heard this one.

Stiff Little Fingers have influenced many bands including Green Day, which is what got me listening to them in the first place, they sound a lot like the clash in London Calling in this album and I would recommend this album to any fans of both mainstream and underground punk. It's a must have that I promise you will enjoy.

 

 
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codu (December 21, 2008)

Classic punk album, despite their horrible politics.

mommyslittlemonster23 (August 26, 2008)

some people have "Never Mind the Bollocks"

others have "The Clash" (s/t debut)

I have Inflammable Material. simply the best. no bad songs.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

u numpty, ulster is not a county-its a PROVANCE and although technically there is 9 counties in it,it is generally refered to as northern ireland, ulster is normally just used as another word for northern ireland.

Anonymous (February 5, 2006)

most of the songs on this album arent written by them

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

"One island, Two nations! Ulster is british and its people still say NO! " ITS ON THE TWELFTH I LOVE TO WEAR THE SASH MY FATHER WORE""

no retardulster does not belong to britain
ulster is one of teh four countys in ireland
ulster is then split up into 9 regions 6 of which are part of great britain
the iother 3 werent includedbecause they had catholic majoritys which the british government dint want as they wanted a prodominately protestant country so teht they ahd al the power

feeeding5000 (November 21, 2005)

Great album, possibly better than the Clash S/T. I think that doo-wop part on barbed wire love is kinda odd, but it works well w/the song.

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

without a doubt.....the greatest "REAL" punk album.........of all time

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

One island, Two nations! Ulster is british and its people still say NO! " ITS ON THE TWELFTH I LOVE TO WEAR THE SASH MY FATHER WORE"

Anonymous (June 3, 2004)

Up the 'RA! Brits Out! One Ireland!
This band is the most over-rated trash, and their politics are just as lousy.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

yeah dude alternative ulster- brilliant! fuck the IRA murderous bastards, no surrender!

Anonymous (April 11, 2004)

Person below- i thought the review was pretty good, it made me download some of the tracks and i think im gona get the album, ure a player hater.

Anonymous (April 8, 2004)

Daz og u r full of shit I bet u dont even have the album. It is a bad review u r just trying to make yourself look cool by knowing a lot about music/SLF and u clearly dont know very much. Worst review ever.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

i wana be an elf, very good album, great review!

magnificent7 (February 18, 2004)

you forgot to mention barbed wire love, that song is amazing. This shits on what is called punk these days

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

way too cool for emo wankers

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

greenday arent the only ones influenced by SLF,people regularly leave suspect devices all over the place and as for donating to so called political parties,they def contribute a dollar a bullet, its a farce.
good review,but britneys 1st album is so much better than stiffs,and will go down in punk history as one of the best ever recording artists

Lunk (September 28, 2003)

here's this review on a band, right... and half the people commenting just go on and on about a movie, an actor, and a completely different band.
what the fuck is wrong with this picture?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

who gives a shit?

...evildeadalive

sloppyblake (September 26, 2003)

i like how someone can't like a band if they play pop punk. amazing.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

True, one time he said Fugazi was his favourite band

-Strewtho

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

Yeah right. A bunch of pop punk bands name drop old school bands for cred these days, the way posers go around saying they like bands they dont just to fit in...

-BSD

sloppyblake (September 25, 2003)

this is tom delonge's favorite band.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

This is to those who are bitching about my comment on slf influencing green day. I never said they sound alike once on this review- green day were influenced by the clash, do they sound like them? blink were influenced by nofx and screaching weasle, do they sound like them? Do fucking Sum 41 sound like Iron Maiden?- NO. I know what was said in High Fedelity but ive heard it from various other sources like interview cd's.

I would also recommend you listen to SLF's newer stuff like Tinderbox or Guitar and Drum, different from Inflamable material but good all the same. Each dollar a bullet, Bayruit moon are also quality songs to name only a few.

CallingLondon (September 25, 2003)

High Fidelity is an incredible movie. i first heard of this band from there, too.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

I first heard of this band from the reference in High Fidelity. Good movie, good band

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

anyone interested should try tracking down the UK version of this disc, which includes the single versions of "Suspect Device" and.. the other singles (its Alternative Ulster, right?)

--Cos

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

How rad is John Cusack? The soundtrack to GROSSE POINT BLANK...I rest my case.
-Janelle

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

"Lets see... Stiff Little Fingers have done everything from punk to pop punk to ska to country. Yeah dont see how they could ever have influenced greenday. Nope not one bit. Dumbass."

i never said they didn't influence them. i said i don't think they have much in common to warrant the comparison given in the review. as for the plethora of styles that SLF have touched on, green day resides in one general category and that is pop-punk. they have rarely left that domain. therefore, SLF, a multi-faceted band, shouldn't be considered a great influence on green day, a single domain band's, music.

considering bands of that era, i would say the descendents were a much bigger influence on GD than SLF.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

"a harder, yet less talented, clash. not a bad band by any means, just not as good as the clash."

Thats what I think, too... This band is still good, but it just seems like a beefed up Clash, and lacks originality.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

this album is right up there with the clash' s/t. almost topps it

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

i thought high fidelity was a fucking awesome movie...Jack Black is hilarious

good album...i liked it..

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

Lets see... Stiff Little Fingers have done everything from punk to pop punk to ska to country. Yeah dont see how they could ever have influenced greenday. Nope not one bit. Dumbass.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

i think its a very good album. all i was saying was that green day and slf aren't very similar in my opinion. thats all.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

"SLF have about as much in common with green day as my mother has with my masturbatorial fantasies."

You're kidding right? I would hope no one is this stupid. Either way, this is a pretty decent album, but I would suggest just downloading it.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

SLF have about as much in common with green day as my mother has with my masturbatorial fantasies.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

a harder, yet less talented, clash. not a bad band by any means, just not as good as the clash.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

thumbs up. definite classic record.

-scotty

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

The kids who like Blink think the Clash are too hard for them... And, essentially, SLF are a harder Clash...

joeg (September 23, 2003)

classic punk rock record from a great band. put down that blink 182 record and buy this shit now.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

SLF rock.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

Yeah that's what I thought too. And when I heard them say it in the movie, I spat

Eddie (September 23, 2003)

did you lift that comment on SLF influencing Green Day from High Fidelity? sounds weird to me when thats the only place i've heard that before and i've never made the connection between the two.

Exactly what I was thinking.

inagreendase (September 23, 2003)

Epitomizes? No, that's not it either..

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

Perfect 10. One of the classic punk albums of all time. I too thought it was a travesty there were no SLF reviews in the arcives, and even considered writing a review for this album myself. But, alas, I am extremely lazy...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

best song by tthese dudes ever,tin soldier

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS blows away all the competition.....

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

did you lift that comment on SLF influencing Green Day from High Fidelity? sounds weird to me when thats the only place i've heard that before and i've never made the connection between the two.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

easily one of the top 10 punk albums of all time. right up there with london calling and never mind the bollocks.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

one of the best albums ever, a rare 10/10. don't forget it also contains classic tracks such as barbed wire love, breakout and the wonderful cover of johnny was. if you don't own this album, why?

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

If you like SLF, then check out the band Suspect Device from Boston. Obviously from their name you can guess who they are influenced by and they have a great album called Boston Massacre. This is one of my favorite SLF albums, good review.

punky (September 23, 2003)

One of the few LP's that I still own.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

This is a classic, I prefer Nobody's Heroes more though. Great album, Great band. It was only re-released on EMI, it originally came out on the Rough Trade label.

-Strewtho

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

this is definately one of my favorite albums.
genius.

adam (September 23, 2003)

I love "Suspect Device." One of the best punk songs ever.

-adam

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