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"Inflammable Material" was the band's very first album, and it still sounds good today. 15 blazing tracks including "Alternative Ulster", "State of Emergency" and an amazing cover of the Bob Marley song, "Johnny Was".
 
45 Cover sleeve for Stiff Little Finger's "Alternative Ulster"
45 Cover sleeve for Stiff Little Finger's "Alternative Ulster"
45 Cover sleeve for Stiff Little Finger's "Alternative Ulster"
45 Cover sleeve for Stiff Little Finger's "Alternative Ulster"

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Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) hailed from Ireland, and this, their first record release... helped to further politicize punk. Released in 1978, Alternative Ulster was the type of anthemic song you just couldn't forget. It's message was for the youth of British occupied Northern Ireland... but the song's rebellious spirit reached far beyond Ireland's battle hardened Catholic ghettos.

"They say they've got control of you... but that's a lie you know. They say they're a part of you... and that's a lie you know. They say you will never be free. An Alternative Ulster... grab it and change it, it's yours. Get an Alternative Ulster, ignore the bores and their laws. Get an Alternative Ulster, be an anti-Security force. Alter your native land!" The cover art was a photograph of an English soldier patrolling the streets of Ulster. Stiff Little Fingers' next release came in 1979 with an album titled Inflammable Material. It was a scathing attack against war and oppression with lyrics and music so noteworthy that the release immediately became a classic. Glad to say that SLF is still recording and touring... you can read about the band at their official website, located at: www.slf.com
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