Stiff Little Fingers hail from Northern Ireland and this record lets the listener know just how p*ssed off they were with Belfast in 1980.
It's not as hardcore as it's predecessor, Inflammable Material, but it's still very snotty and full of punk attitude. Opener Gotta Get Away sets the scene nicely, you get images of the Belfast youths legging it from the police on a friday night.
Wait And See is sticking the V's up to anyone who thought Stiff Little Fingers wouldn't get anywhere as a band. Jake Burns shredded vocals on this track are fantastic.
Track three, Fly The Flag, is my favourite on the record. About living in a 'free' Britain. It's a brilliant chunk of punk-rock (pop?).
The album continues with the recurring themes of a repressed childhood (At The Edge) and of fighting for your right to do what you want and to be proud and independent etc.
The album is broken up by the reggae influenced Bloody Dub and It Doesn't Make It All Right, which is quite a political song....... so it's odd that I like it really. I hate the Clash, but I expect a lot of Clash fans are Stiff Little Fingers fans too. There are many similarities due to them both coming out of the punk era and making thought-provoking angst-ridden post-punk (hyphen-central round here eh?)
The album then gets back to the more straight forward 2.5 minute snotty, rough and ready punk songs again with I Don't Like You and No Change before arriving on the biggest single off the album - Tin Soldiers about a young lad enlisting in the army "signing away his youth". And that's your lot, 40 minutes of excellent punk to give you a shake up!
A lot of the lyrics on this album deal with the Northern Ireland conflict of the time.
Buy it. It is better than the Pussycat Dolls. No, really.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Gotta Getaway
2 Wait And See
3 Fly The Flag
4 At The Edge
5 Nobody's Hero
6 Bloody Dub
7 Doesn't Make It Alright
8 I Don't Like You
9 No Change
10 Tin Soldiers
11 Bloody Sunday
12 Straw Dogs
13 You Can't Say Crap On The Radio
14 Jake Burns Interview