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Go for It [EMI Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae
    2. Just Fade Away
    3. Go for It
    4. Only One, The
    5. Hits and Misses
    6. Kicking Up a Racket
    7. Safe as Houses
    8. Gate 49
    9. Silver Lining
    10. Piccadilly Circus
    11. Mr. Fire Coal Man
    12. Doesn't Make It All Right - (live)
    13. Back to Front
    14. Alan Parker Interviews Jake Burns About Go for It
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 473044

  • Credits

    This reissue contains three bonus tracks.
    Liner Note Authors: P. Pardy; Jake Burns.
    Author: Jake Burns.
    All punk bands must grow or die, or so the story goes. Rehashing the same three chords works for a record or two (unless you're the Ramones, then it's fine) but gets tired quickly. However, the converse is also true. Change too much and the fans cry "sellout!", an unenviable situation for any band, but particularly acute for Northern Irish firebrands Stiff Little Fingers. After producing two essential studio albums and one classic live album, SLF demonstrated on GO FOR IT that they could both adapt and remain true to the sound that had made them successful.
    Like their contemporaries The Clash, SLF looked to the looping rhythms of reggae (and particularly dub reggae) as fodder for an expanded musical palate. "Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae" and "Safe as Houses" demonstrate that they had made a particularly astute choice. Along with reggae's influence are touches of subtle, effective pop on the sweet "Gate 49" and even a horn section (!) on the tongue-in-cheek "Silver Lining," one of the prettiest odes to bad luck ever written.

  • Critic Reviews
    NME (Magazine) (10/23/93, p.36) - "...the transition from punk terrorists to chart-friendly noo wavers had already begun with [the Stiff Little Fingers]' soft-centred but marvellous second LP, and they were still careening madly by the time it came round to GO FOR IT...the 4th most desirable album of the SLF..."
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