Second album ‘Nobody’s Heroes’ was released in March 1980. Opening with final Rough Trade single ‘Gotta Getaway’, the album has a cleaner sound than the debut. The songs mark a change in writing style and subject matter, moving from teenage angst and growing up in Belfast, to songs of political posturing (‘Fly The Flags’), injustice (‘Tin Soldiers’), self belief (Nobody’s Hero’) and inequality/prejudice (a cover of The Specials ‘Doesn’t Make It All Right’). Dub Reggae also makes it on to the album in the shape of ‘Bloody Dub’, a re-recording/studio treatment of ‘Bloody Sunday’ which originally appeared as the B-Side of ‘Gotta Getaway’. No less valid than the debut album, although the change in style to a more punk-pop/power-pop sound alienated some of the early fans. The album achieved a Top 10 placing, hitting number 8.
The title track was coupled with ‘Tin Soldiers’ for the next single release as a double A-Side. Despite the producers’ promise that SLF would not be invited back on Top Of The Pops, they were back on the box performing ‘nobody’s Hero’. It was a more restrained performance, even if Ali can be spied walking up the stairs behind Peter Powell before the playback starts, arriving on stage only seconds before the camera turns to him