- Stiff Little Fingers
Infobox musical artist
Name = Stiff Little Fingers
Background = group_or_band
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Years_active = 1977-1982
Rough Trade Records Chrysalis Records Kung Fu Records EMI
The Jam Jake Burns and the Big Wheel Tom Robinson Band Ruefrex Casbah Club Friction Groove Dan Donnelly
URL = [http://www.slf.com/ Official website]
Jake Burns Ali McMordie Steve Grantley Ian McCallum
Gordon Blair Henry Cluney Brian Falloon Jim Reilly Dolphin Taylor Bruce Foxton Dave Sharp
Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band from
Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1977. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star (named after the Deep Purplesong), doing rock covers, until they discovered punk. They split up after six years and four albums, although they reformed five years later, in 1987. Despite major personnel changes, they are still touring and recording as of 2008. Jake Burns, their lead singer, is the only member to have been with the band during all its incarnations, although in March 2006, original bass guitarist Ali McMordierejoined them following the departure of The Jambass player Bruce Foxtonafter fifteen years.
Prior to becoming Stiff Little Fingers,
Jake Burns, vocals and guitar, Henry Cluney, guitar, Gordon Blair, bass, and Brian Falloon, drums, were playing in a rock musiccover band, Highway Star, in Belfast. Upon the departure of Gordon Blair (who went on to play with another Belfast group, Rudi), Ali McMordietook over on bass. Cluney had by this time discovered punk, and introduced the rest of the band to it. They decided that Highway Star wasn't a punk enough name, and after a brief flirtation with the name "The Fast", decided to call themselves Stiff Little Fingers, after the Vibrators song of the same name.
It was while they were doing a gig at the Glenmachan Hotel that they met up with
Gordon Ogilvie, who was a Marxist journalist with the " Daily Express" newspaper, invited along for the evening by Colin McClelland, another journalist, with whom Jake had been corresponding.
Ogilvie suggested they play material based upon their experience of
the Troubles. McClelland arranged to get the band some recording time at a local radio station, and in the studio normally used to record jingles, they recorded "Suspect Device". The single was packaged in the form of a cassette, with a cover depicting a cassette bomb, apparently causing great hilarity in the group, when one record company phoned them and asked for another copy, as they'd thrown the first one in a bucket of water for fear that it was a real bomb.Burns, Jake, Parker, Alan "Stiff Little Fingers Song By Song", Sanctuary Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-86074-513-X]
A copy of the single was sent to
John Peel. He played it repeatedly leading to a distribution deal through Rough Trade. Peel would later do the same with the first single by another famous Northern Irish band, The Undertones. There were a number of well-publicised arguments between the two bands; the Undertones accused Stiff Little Fingers of sensationalising the Northern Ireland conflict, while they retorted that The Undertones ignored it.
In the second half of 1978, they toured with the
Tom Robinson Band, and in 1979, they released their first album, " Inflammable Material". This inspired their move to London, which led to the departure of Brian Falloon and Colin McClelland (who along with Gordon Ogilvie had been joint manager of the band up until that point). " Inflammable Material" was the first album released on Rough Trade records, and the first independent album to chart in the UK. Jim Reillybecame their drummer in time for the "Gotta Gettaway" single, and played in the Rock Against Racismtour.
"Nobody's Heroes" and "Go for It"
In mid-1979, Stiff Little Fingers signed to
Chrysalis Records, and in 1980 released their second album, "Nobody's Heroes". 1981's "Go for It" followed. Soon after the Go for It tour, Jim Reilly left the band. His place was taken by Brian 'Dolphin' Taylor, who Jake remembered from Taylor's days with the Tom Robinson Band.
In 1982 came a 4 song EP called "£1.10 or Less" and then their fourth studio album, "
Now Then..." (although their fifth album, as they had released a live LP, " Hanx", between "Nobody's Heroes" and "Go for It"). By this time they had diversified musically, and "Now Then" had an almost pop feel about it in places. This led some of their more hardcore fans to feel alienated, and in the face of low sales and concert attendances, they broke up in 1983, when Burns said: "Our last LP "Now Then" was to my mind the best album we have made. But it is also unfortunately the best I think we will ever make. So I have decided to call it a day." The band later revealed the original split had been somewhat acrimonious, with bandmembers apparently having fistfights rather than talking through their differences.cite web | author= Band History | year=| title="SLF.com"| work=slf.com| url=http://www.slf.com/history.htm | accessmonthday= November 11 | accessyear=2006]
They reformed in 1987; according to Burns, because they were "skint and wanted to make a bit of cash to get back to
Irelandfor Christmas". They released some live albums and did short tours towards the end of the 1980s, and by 1990 were thinking of reforming permanently.
"Flags and Emblems"
Ali McMordie decided he could not commit the time to tour full-time or record, and so left, being replaced by
Bruce Foxton(previously bass guitarist in The Jam) in time to record 1991's " Flags and Emblems". In Britain, the single from this album, "Beirut Moon", was withdrawn from sale on the first day of release,cite web | author= Album Review | year=| title="Stiff Little Fingers Anthology"| work=hmv.co.uk| url=http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=93;-1;-1;-1&sku=861305| accessmonthday= November 11 | accessyear=2006] cite web | author= Artist Profiles | year=| title="Bruce Foxton"| work=vh1.com| url=http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/517060/08311999/jam.jhtml| accessmonthday= November 11 | accessyear=2006] allegedly because it criticised the government for not acting to free hostage John McCarthy, who had been held in the Lebanon.
In 1993 Burns made what he described as one of the hardest decisions of his life and asked Henry Cluney to leave the band,Burns, Jake, Parker, Alan "Stiff Little Fingers Song by Song", Sanctuary Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-86074-513-X] and the trio of Jake Burns, Bruce Foxton and Dolphin Taylor continued for the next four years, joined on live shows by either
Dave Sharpor Ian McCallum.
"Get a Life"
In 1994 they released "Get a Life" in the UK, releasing it in the U.S. in 1996. By the end of 1996 Taylor left due to family commitments. Burns called in
Steve Grantleywho had played drums for Jake Burns and the Big Wheelin the late 1980s.
"Tinderbox" - "Guitar and Drum"
The trio of Burns, Foxton and Grantley recorded 1997's "Tinderbox" album, with help from Ian McCallum who joined as a full time member for 1999's "and best of all...Hope Street" . This same line-up recorded 2003's "
Guitar and Drum".
January 18 2006, the following announcement appeared on the SLF Website. "Bruce Foxton has announced that he is to leave Stiff Little Fingers with immediate effect. After 15 years of writing, recording and touring with SLF Bruce says it is time to move on and concentrate on other projects. "The situation is amicable" says Foxton. "I have enjoyed my time with Jake, Ian and Steve and will miss them. Naturally I wish them all continued success and hope to catch up with the boys during their spring tour."
"Obviously, we as well wish Bruce every success in everything he goes on to do in the future. He has been a fantastic asset to the band and we'll miss him as well."
"Jake, Steve, Ian."
January 23 2006, it was announced that original bass guitarist Ali McMordie was to rejoin the band for the duration of their upcoming March tour. The tour was a success, with many fans writing into SLF's message board saying how much they enjoyed it, and how fired up the band seemed to be. After much discussion regarding the status of McMordie within the band after the tour, on 21 April 2006, Burns posted the following on the message board.
"For the time being Mr. McMordie is happy to continue as long as his busy schedule allows. It may be that occasionally we have to bring on a "substitute", if he is up to his eyes and we need to do something, but hopefully we can avoid that."
March 9 2007, Jake Burns announced that Stiff Little Fingers would be recording a new album which would hopefully be completed by the end of 2007. They have previewed a track from the new album, "Liars Club", at live concerts. The track is named after a bar Jake drove past on his way home whilst listening to a press report about Tony Blair, George W. Bushand the Iraq War. As of July 2008, the new album is still unfinished. This is mainly due to the fact that Burns had more or less completed writing, when he decided on a change of direction, and scrapped most of the songs.
ingles and EPs
*"Suspect Device", 1978
*"Alternative Ulster", 1978
*"Gotta Gettaway", 1979
*"Straw Dogs", 1979
*"At the Edge", 1980
*"Nobody's Hero", 1980
*"Back to Front", 1980
*"Just Fade Away", 1981
*"Silver Lining", 1981
*"£1.10 Or Less EP" ("Listen"/"That's When Your Blood Bumps"/"Sad-Eyed People"/"Two Guitars Clash"), 1982
*"Bits of Kids", 1982
*"Price of Admission", 1982
*"Beirut Moon", 1991
*"Get a Life", 1994
*"Guitar and Drum", 2004
Inflammable Material", 1979
* "Nobody's Heroes", 1980
* "Go for It", 1981
Now Then...", 1982
Flags and Emblems", 1991
* "Get a Life", 1994
* "Tinderbox", 1997
* "Hope Street", 1999
Guitar and Drum", 2004
Compilation and live albums
* "The Christmas Album", 1979
Broken Fingers/Live In Aberdeen", 1979
* "Hanx!", 1980
* "All the Best", 1983
* "Live and Loud", 1988
No Sleep 'Til Belfast", 1988
* "Greatest Hits Live", 1988
See You Up There", 1989
* "The Peel Sessions Album", 1989
Alternative Chartbusters", 1991
Fly The Flags", 1994 (or 1991 depending on source)
Pure Fingers", 1995 (recorded live at Glasgow Barrowlands on March 17, 1993)
Handheld and Rigidly Digital", 1999°
* "Tin Soldiers", 2000
* "The Radio One Sessions", 2003
Fifteen and Counting... Live at the Barrowland 17th March 2006, 2006°
* "Live In Aberdeen 1979", 2007They also made the music for the game (1997)
°These albums were made available exclusively at live performances and through SLF.com
* [http://www.slf.com Stiff Little Fingers] - official site
* [http://www.distortedmagazine.com/issues/October2007/ The influential flames of '77ɖ] - Stiff Little Fingers featured in
Distorted magazineOctober 2007
* [http://www.stifflittlefingers.co.uk Stiff Little Fingers Discussion/Fan Forum] - Stiff Little Fingers Discussion Forum
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Stiff Little Fingers — Основная информация Жанры панк рок пауэр … Википедия
Stiff Little Fingers — ist eine Punkband aus Belfast, die 1977 gegründet wurde. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschichte … Deutsch Wikipedia
Stiff Little Fingers — est un groupe de punk originaire d Ulster formé en 1977. Ils font leur début sous le nom de Highway Star, tiré du titre de la chanson de Deep Purple, faisant essentiellement des reprises de rock. Le groupe se sépare en 1982, après avoir réalisé 6 … Wikipédia en Français
Stiff Little Fingers — Datos generales Origen Belfast, Northern Ireland … Wikipedia Español
Live and Loud (Stiff Little Fingers) — Infobox Album | Name = Live and Loud Type = Album Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 1980 Recorded = December 17, 1987 at the National Ballroom, Kilburn Genre = Punk Length = ??? Label = link Producer = ??? Reviews = * Allmusic no rating… … Wikipedia
Greatest Hits Live (Stiff Little Fingers album) — Infobox Album Name = Greatest Hits Live Type = Album Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 1988 Recorded = December 17, 1987 at the National Ballroom, Kilburn Genre = Punk Length = ??? Label = Kaz Producer = ??? Reviews = Last album = No Sleep … Wikipedia
The Christmas Album (Stiff Little Fingers) — Infobox Album | Name = The Christmas Album Type = Live album Longtype = (official bootleg) Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 1979 re released 1991 as Live In Sweden Recorded = 1979 Genre = Punk Length = ??? Label = ??? Producer = ???… … Wikipedia
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (Stiff Little Fingers album) — Infobox Album Name = BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert Type = Live album Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 1993 Recorded = April 8, 1981 at the Paris Theatre, London Genre = Punk Length = ??? Label = Windsong International Producer = ??? Reviews … Wikipedia
All the Best (Stiff Little Fingers album) — Infobox Album | Name = All the Best Type = Album Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 1983 Recorded = 1978 1983 Genre = Punk rock, pop punk, New Wave Length = ??? Label = Chrysalis Producer = ??? Reviews = * Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 Last album … Wikipedia
The Radio One Sessions (Stiff Little Fingers album) — Infobox Album | Name = The Radio One Sessions Type = Compilation album Artist = Stiff Little Fingers Released = 29 April 2003 Recorded = 1980 1982 Genre = Punk rock Length = 58:27 Label = Strange Fruit Producer = John SparrowThe Radio One… … Wikipedia