Stiff Little Fingers

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": punk punk rock irish political rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This Irish punk band was formed from the ashes of cover outfit Highway Star. Taking their new name from a track on the Vibrators’ Pure Mania debut, Stiff Little Fingers soon attracted one of the most fervent fanbases of the era. Present at the Clash’s Belfast gig in 1977, Jake Burns (vocals/lead guitar) led Henry Cluney (rhythm guitar), Ali McMordie (bass) and Brian Faloon (drums) came together as Ireland’s first new wave cover band. The original drummer, Gordon Blair, had gone on to play with Rudi. When journalist Gordon Ogilvie saw the band live he urged them to concentrate on their own material, quickly becoming their manager and co-lyricist. They recorded their first two original songs, ‘Suspect Device’ and ‘Wasted Life’, soon afterwards, on their own Rigid Digits label. The first pressing of 350 copies sold out almost as soon as BBC disc jockey John Peel spun it. Rough Trade Records quickly picked up the distribution, and...

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