Rolling Stone (No. 975, p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Fingers' potent 1979 debut, teems with harsh, desperate commentary on 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland..."
Q (5/02 SE, p.142) - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums".
Q (12/01, p.165) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The genuine voice of youthful outrage..."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.76) - Ranked #12 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "The Belfast quartet's inspired debut was the first independent album to make the Top 20..."
Stiff Little Fingers came roaring out of Northern Ireland in 1979 with a ferocity and sense of black humor that could only have come from growing up in a war zone. While other contemporaries (such as the Undertones) tried their best to rise above the conflict in pop's embrace, Stiff Little Fingers chose to address the daily indignities and injustices head-on. Aggressive punk anthems such as "Wasted Life," which rejects violence as a solution, and the call-to-arms "Alternative Ulster," which envisions the creation of a new social order, are based in SLF's political awareness.
INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL is among the most powerful political albums in punk rock history. Besides the government and military, the band tackles record company shenanigans on "Rough Trade," and the difficulty in loving someone from the wrong side of the fence, as in "Barbed Wire Love." Either way, Stiff Little Fingers managed to make even the worst scenarios come alive with black humor and gleefully guttural vocals. An oft neglected punk classic and a must for all serious students of the genre.