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Stiff Little FingersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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listen  8. You Can't Say Crap On The Radio 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Tin Soldiers 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Good For Nothing 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Talkback 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Stands To Reason 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bits Of Kids 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B0000246WG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Double CD set that is loaded with all the band's original singles (A and B-sides) from their debut 45 in 1977 ('Suspect Device') up through their final single before the original line-up broke up in '82 ('The Price Of Admission'). From the raw Punk energy of their early singles to the mature and less intense later tracks, Stiff Little Fingers were great songwriters all along. With Jake Burns on guitar and most lead vocals, SLF were destined to conquer the Punk world, and they did it brilliantly. From tracks like 'Alternative Ulster', Gotta Getaway', 'At The Edge' and 'Nobody's Hero' up through 'Listen', 'Bits Of Kids', 'Just Fade Away' and 'Stands To Reason', SLF were never less than great. This is the perfect introduction to one of the finest bands of the Punk era. EMI. 2005.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent survey of the band's material March 14, 2002
By "skak1"
Format:Audio CD
Stiff Little Fingers are quite simply the best. They started out as a Belfast-based heavy metal band, with the naf name Highway Star, but the discovery of the Clash immediately changed their political direction. Having discovered punk, they then stole a new name from a song by the Vibrators. Marc Bolan and Elvis Costello were the group's other big inspirations. SLF's mixture of punk, white reggae and heavy rock has influenced a wide range of other artists. Believe it or not but it was the album 'Inflammable Material' that persuaded Manu Chao to get into music. Sinead O'Connor named her son after lead singer Jake Burns and invited bassist Ali McMordie to participate on her first (and only good) album. U2 were big fans as were Oasis. Green Day, Ash, Offspring and the Dropkick Murphys all drew inspiration here. Moby is now managed by Ali McMordie. It was after hearing the SLF version of 'Common People' that Paul Young decided to cover that song. The song 'Listen' recently became a huge hit for Argentinian boys' band Takke 77. The group always had more credibility than commercial success. Only one of their singles, At the Edge, made the UK top 20, although three of their albums did ('Inflammable Material', 'Nobody's heroes' and 'Hanx'). This was political rock at its best- the protest songs are much more powerful than anything Bob Dylan ever did. Whilst most artists producing political material are distanced from the subject of their songs, this group actually lived in a war zone. They ignored the death threats and wrote songs denouncing Northern Ireland's paramilitary terrorist groupings describing them as 'blind fascists brought up to hate and given lives to waste'. Other left-wing anthems followed denouncing racism, calling for better treatment of women and more equality. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely, positively, unequivocally great punk rock November 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
SLF were always burdened with that "Irish Clash" moniker, which I suppose hurt more than helped, but there was a reason for it: they knew how to write a tune & knew that there were injustices around them worth addressing. This 2-disc affair is a worthy overview of their best years, that shows how they started out a brash and rowdy punk band, gradually injected more melody and diversity into their sound, and eventually mellowed out into a straight power-pop band. So no matter which facet of SLF you like, it's all here.
It's got the single version of Suspect Device (less angry, but better,) the superb rebel anthem 78 RPM (unavailable on any album,) the best tracks from Nobody's Heroes (their second and best record, equivalent to the Clash's London Calling,) some fun live stuff, a helping of other rarities and non-album tracks (including Listen, a great latter-day track,) and even a handful of tracks from the long-out-of-print (though very recently back in print) 4th album Now Then.
If you've ever had any inclination at all towards old-school British punk, you simply cannot be without this rock-solid, spectacular compilation. And don't be surprised if you become a huge Stiff Little Fingers fan because of it (Jake Burns and Co. are still making music today.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly overlooked album February 14, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
To put it simply, Stiff Little Fingers is perhaps the most underated rock n roll band ever. Jake Burns and Co. took a political stand much like the Clash did, but never got the mass acclaim for it.
Personally as I listen to the Fingers more and more, their messages of rebellion come off a bit more heartfelt then the Clash's, which were burdened heavily by the fact that they worked for a major label record company.
Stiff Little Fingers traveled into much of the same sonic landscape as the Clash, but were a little bit better at restraint (alas no Sandinista album here).
As for the messages on the album, the politics haven't really aged too badly. After Sep. 11, Suspect Device has a new ring to it as does Tin Soldiers.
The latter-day SLF stuff on this disk is breathtaking. Listen, Stands to Reason and Talkback are perhaps some of the best rock songs ever recorded.
Now that I think about, SLF is the band U2 wishes it was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ireland's Own January 28, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes this is the band U2 can only dream about being partly because these guys lived in Belfast at the height ofthe "Troubles" -- so there's no second-hand, sanctimonious, simple-minded preaching as you get from U2 or anyone else south of the border. The sound is raw, it's real -- no fluff here. Yet the band never seemed to have reached the height of the Clash at least in the US -- can it be because of the prejudiced view that rock bands from Ireland were considered cheap imitations of the Brit bands? This collection is a good "summary" of the band's history. no they're not the "English Clash" -- they're sui generis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best summation of their career August 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Can't agree with my fellow reviewer who compares their sound to Oi! A close listen to their lyrics--written by a journalist, and therefore rather preachy and sloganeering, sure, but certainly a cut above the Oi! ilk--shows an intelligent pop-punk-reggae-lite synthesis which grew in theme and style even as the music gets, well, less catchy. I admit to have been underwhelmed by SLF's current efforts post-reunion, but their past hits and misses here stand up pretty well. Less dated than the Clash, that's for sure--a comparison that bedevilled them in their career, it seems. Hindsight makes clearer the fluid playing and spirited delivery of a thinking-person's punk-pop band, with lyrics you can actually think about. How rare is that, then or now? I enjoy them, 20 years ago, and also today
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Listened to this for years, many years ago, on cassette. Recently found it in my basement and decided it was time to love it again in the digital age.
Published 5 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars SLF HARD TO FIND DISC
awesome slf second only to the clash this disc is a great introduction into this band
Published on February 16, 2009 by C. H. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars great punk rock album
SLF is one of the best punk bands ever and showed lots of talent with great songs like alternative ulster, doesnt make it allright, nobodys hero, bloody sunday, wasted life,... Read more
Published on January 15, 2006 by affcloxiststonddoxoxo
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Coffee
I'm not usually big on compilations, but this is one of the best. The first CD is loaded with the bands best songs. Read more
Published on July 6, 2005 by ObsceneWeen42
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A friend reccomened me this band because i like The Clash, so last week I went down to my local record shop and asked about the band, Nick, the owner recommended me this CD saying... Read more
Published on December 30, 2003 by Thomas C. Pollack
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
There's not much new on these CDs, but that's not really the point of this collection. There are two types of material here--remixes and rare tracks. Read more
Published on May 28, 2002 by "misfit47"
5.0 out of 5 stars SLF are great!
This CD rocks! It's a no brainer!
Published on January 5, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars missing some songs
Where are "White Noise" and "Here We Are Nowhere"??..you cannot complete a SLF comp without those two tracks...grrrrr record people make me angry.. Read more
Published on December 30, 2001 by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Relevant After All These Years
I'd say being called "The Irish Clash" a compliment, not a burden, as both SLF & The Clash produced some of the greatest music of the 80's. Read more
Published on September 23, 2001 by Thomas C. Hankins
5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST of Irish punk rock!
this is the ONLY band that can rival The Clash in this genre! this truly is "the best of..."! a must have!
Published on September 18, 2001 by benway666
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