Stiff Little Fingers : Alternative Ulster
On October 17, 1978 the Belfast punk rockers, Stiff Little Fingers, released "Alternative Ulster", their second single. The song offers Belfast youth a third choice between the republican and loyalist paramilitaries: punk rock. Irish journalist Henry McDonald recalls getting stopped by police with his punk rocker friends. After taking their names and addresses, and learning the friends came from all corners of the sectarian-divided city, they shook their heads in disbelief.
Many of those punks would go on to become politically active, helping to facilitate the reconciliation that would happen with the Good Friday agreement two decades later.
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