Inflammable Material

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Inflammable Material
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Studio album by Stiff Little Fingers
Released February 2, 1979
Recorded November 1, 1978 - November 13, 1978 at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge. (Apart from "Alternative Ulster" recorded Island Studios, London May 1978.)
Genre Punk rock
Length 41:08
Label Rough Trade (original UK & US release)
Celluloid (original French release)
Chrysalis (1980 Dutch, Greek & Australian releases)
EMI (1989 UK reissue)
Restless Retro (1989 US reissue)
4 Men With Beards (2010 US reissue)
Parlophone (2016 UK & Japanese reissues)
Producer Geoff Travis, Mayo Thompson, Doug Bennett, Ed Hollis (B4)
Stiff Little Fingers chronology
Inflammable Material
(1979)
Nobody's Heroes
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]

Inflammable Material is the debut album by the Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers, released in 1979. Most of the album's tracks are about the "Troubles" and the grim reality of life in Northern Ireland with the songs containing themes of teenage boredom, sectarian violence, RUC (police) oppression, etc., urging people to "grab it and change it, it's yours" in what became their signature song "Alternative Ulster". The song "Rough Trade" is about the band's view of the music business as being dishonest, but they have since claimed it is not about their record label which happens to have the same name.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jake Burns and Gordon Ogilvie; except where indicated

  1. "Suspect Device" – 2:36
  2. "State of Emergency" (Burns) – 2:29
  3. "Here We Are Nowhere" (Henry Cluney) – 1:00
  4. "Wasted Life" (Burns) – 3:10
  5. "No More of That" (Cluney) – 2:04
  6. "Barbed Wire Love" – 3:33
  7. "White Noise" – 1:57
  8. "Breakout" (Burns) – 3:04
  9. "Law and Order" – 3:14
  10. "Rough Trade" – 2:41
  11. "Johnny Was" (Bob Marley) – 8:12
  12. "Alternative Ulster" – 2:45
  13. "Closed Groove" – 4:25

The 2001 EMI CD reissue added the following tracks:

  1. "Suspect Device (single version)"
  2. "78 RPM" – 2:38

The reissue also includes the first part of an interview of Jake Burns by Alan Parker (the second part is included in the reissue of Nobody's Heroes).

Chart Position[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
United Kingdom
14

This was the first album on an independent record label to enter the UK Top Twenty.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Stiff Little Fingers
Technical
  • Geoff Travis – producer
  • Mayo Thompson – producer
  • Mike Kemp – engineer
  • Doug Bennett – producer
  • Ed Hollis – producer on "Alternative Ulster"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Inflammable Material – Stiff Little Fingers". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material". Q (185): 165. December 2001. 
  3. ^ "Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material". Rolling Stone (975): 79. 2 June 2005. 
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1983). "Stiff Little Fingers". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2nd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-394-72107-1. 
  5. ^ Cranna, Ian (1979) "Rough Charm", Smash Hits, EMAP National Publications Ltd, 4–17 October 1979, p. 6–7