I remember having a 90 minute tape from this punk kid I used to know called Pigula. It was painted pink with what appeared to have been a nail polish and tagged SLF with a black permanent marker. Looked so ill. Inflammable Material was on Side A and Nobody’s Heroes on side B. I listened to that tape until it fell apart. Literally fell apart.
There’s nothing else I really need to be saying at this point. Maybe just a mention that like a lot of other 70s punk bands, with time they lost almost all of their energy and, in my opinion, From about GO FOR IT on there was nothing about them that would appeal to me anymore. Early recordings do stand the test of time though.
First press of Suspect Device was released on 17th March 1978 (St Patrick’s Day) and printed in quantity of 500. Some of the original hand glued sleeves have the band’s take away orders scribbled inside them. They wrote what they wanted to eat, someone fetched it and then they realised they didn’t have enough sleeves, so used those as well. I’d like to get one of those.
This is the standard 2nd (and later presses) sleeve for the 1st EP on RIGID DIGITS (The Rough Trade re-press has a RT logo on the back). All of the records listed below came with this version of the sleeve. This records was re-pressed several times by Rigid Digits. Around 20,000 were sold in total between 1978 and 1979 when the Rough Trade re-release came out.
Yellow labels version, According to Roland Link this was most certainly the 2nd pressing
And back to proper red labels, yet another different layour of the labels and what’s interesting, this is th eonly version that features: “Original Recording: Belfast 1978″ at the very bottom of the labels. Finding this one took me a lot longer than finding any other version of this 7″. I may just be unlucky but chances are that there are much fewer around of this version than any other ones.
Equally amazing 2nd EP
The 1st pressing of the single came with Alternative Ulster as the B-side. This was because Jake and Gordon argued about which track should be the A-side, (‘Alt Uls’ or ’78 RPM’). For later pressings the the Alt Uls was on the A-side and 78 RPM on the B-side. Check out the scans below for comparison.
Owning the rest of their singles seems like a waste of space on my shelf.
This is definitely in top 10 and possibly even in top 5 of my favourite records released in the 70s
The 3rd LP = Go For It
The 4th one ~ Now Then.. ~ I like how this record looks like design wise. All black and matrix green with huge poster and a booklet. All really punk except that the music belongs to the rubbish bin. That’s when they already went 100% gobshite. I wouldn’t recommend this to people I hate..
The 5th album ~ All The Best = All the singles in one handy package
This record is responsible for hundreds if not thousands of record collectors going out of their way (for over 20 years in some cases!!!) to find that elusive green label 1st 7″.. Thanks Gordon!
In 1989 Virgin records released the Live at Brixton Academy that SLF played on St. Patricks Day at the end of their 1st reunion tour in 1988
This came as a double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve and titled See You Up There