Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster


367 – Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster (1979)
Written by Jake Burns and Gordon Ogilvie
Produced by Geoff Travis, Mayo Thompson and Doug Bennett
Label – Rough Trade

Few singles encapsulate punk rock in its purest form, and “Alternative Ulster” is an inspirational example of how teenage disenfranchisement could help create sensational music. Stiff Little Fingers successfully endeavoured to portray an alternate political call to the angry and disaffected youth of Northern Ireland during “the troubles” that affected daily life in the province. Carefully pitched on neither side of the sectarian divide, Jake Burns and co. perfectly demonstrated how punk rock could be a positive vehicle of expression.

11 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

  1. when i saw SLF on the Go For It Tour in 81, this was ok, but not great. in the noughties, at the Robin, SLF were astonishing, and this track blew the roof off. happy days. i might just dig out the teeshirt.

  2. i always remember you wearing that Ruts t-shirt, and the coloured girl who serves at the Co-op being gobsmacked that someone liked the Ruts…. i had a good chat with her on the back of my Black Rose, Thin Lizzy shirt.

    • I was completely shocked when she picked up on the T shirt!! I thought only you and I had ever heard The Ruts. btw I need to meet up with you soon as I have some important info to tell you. Let me know when you have a free evening and I’ll come round.

    • I’ll come and pick you up at 7:30. We can go anywhere you like mate. Looking forward to it. We can chew the fat and talk about the Leslie Cheswick Soul Explosion and maybe fit in time to talk about Ronnie Pudding’s solo record “I Am More Music”.

  3. still searching record emporia myself for a pristine vinyl gatefold of 38 chest 31 leg by THE REGULARS

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