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.