Saturday, February 6

"Alternative Ulster" - Stiff Little Fingers (1979)

"On Friday night, Belfast's Ulster Hall played host to one of the most unconventional and radically influential voices of peace in Northern Ireland. Stiff Little Fingers, the band that epitomised punk's anti-sectarian message, took to the stage - and were mobbed as they thrashed out their most famous song: 'Alternative Ulster', written during the Troubles and a rejection of the tribal and sectarian labels hung upon the people of Ulster from birth. ... Twenty-four hours earlier, the domination of tribal politics had been made concrete and clear. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein, the party that thrived and evolved through the violent campaign of the Provisional IRA, were triumphant. ..."
Guardian: Alternative Ulster will have to wait
Alternative Ulster - Lyrics
YouTube: Alternative Ulster (Live)
YouTube: Alternative Ulster, 78 RPM