Since the late 1970's, Stiff Little Fingers have been at the forefront of the British punk rock and post-punk music scene. This Northern Irish punk band was formed in Belfast in 1977 by guitarist/vocalist Jake Burns and bassist Ali McMordie, later joined by drummer Jim Reilly and Henry Cluney on guitar.
Rising to fame in the wake of the punk revolution, Stiff Little Fingers are credited with revolutionizing the punk sound in the UK and igniting British punk punk-rock. From their widely acclaimed 1979 debut album "Inflammable Material" to their most recent album "No Going Back", Stiff Little Fingers have continuously drawn in fans of punk and post-punk music with their trademark urgency, wit, and lyrical exuberance.
The late 70's and early 80's were a particularly significant time for the band; their first two albums went on to become the top two records on the independent charts in Britain in 1979. Stiff Little Fingers experienced their greatest commercial success with the singles "Suspect Device" and "Alternative Ulster", becoming staples of the punk scene.
Throughout the 1980's, Stiff Little Fingers released several albums and embarked on numerous tours, including a headlining tour of Europe and the US in 1983. They disbanded shortly after, in 1983.
In 1987 original members Jake Burns, Ali McMordie, and Jim Reilly reunited and subsequently released several new albums and embarked on several UK and US tours which have continued to this day (Current tours have been cancelled due to COVID-19)
Musically, Stiff Little Fingers combine the energy of punk, the tongue-in-cheek wit of post-punk, and socially conscious lyrics to create a unique punk/post-punk sound. Their outspoken and political lyrics center around Northern Ireland, covering subjects such as anti-war, anti-authority, labour movements, and a distrust of the established hierarchies.
Stiff Little Fingers are often compared to other punk/post-punk bands like the Clash, Buzzcocks, and The Jam, in terms of their high-energy sound and their lyrical ability to make a political statement without moralizing.
Perhaps the most well-known Stiff Little Fingers songs are "Suspect Device", "Alternative Ulster", and "Gotta Getaway". The record "Inflammable Material" containing these tracks also contains other influential punk numbers, such as "Wasted Life", "Breakout", "Law and Order", and "Nobody’s Hero".
The album "No Going Back", released in 2014, features energetic and well-crafted postpunk numbers such as "My Dark Places", "Swimming In The Flames", and "Guttersnipe".
Other noteworthy albums released by the band include "Hans Choice" in 1983, "Flags and Emblems" in 1981, and "Go for It" in 1981.
From their humble beginnings in Belfast in 1977, Stiff Little Fingers have come to stand among the most legendary bands of the punk and post-punk genre. Their catchy and energetic punk and post-punk songs, along with their politically charged lyrics, have earned them a devoted cult following and secured their place in punk rock history.
If you're looking for a band to blast at your upcoming punk-rock event, be sure to consider Stiff Little Fingers!
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