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Stiff Little Fingers

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Belfast, Ireland (1977 – 1983, 1987 – present)

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 Purple song), doing rock covers, until they discovered punk. In 1983 they split up after six years and four albums, although they reformed four years later, in 1987. Despite major personnel changes, they are still touring and recording as of 2011. 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 McMordie rejoined them following the departure of The Jam bass player Bruce Foxton after fifteen years.


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Prior to becoming Stiff Little Fingers, Jake Burns, vocals and guitar, Henry Cluney, guitar, Gordon Blair, bass, and Brian Faloon, drums, were playing in a rock music cover band, Highway Star, in Belfast. Upon the departure of Gordon Blair (who went on to play with another Belfast group, Rudi), Ali McMordie took 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.

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  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 4:30pm Reply
  • Marciio0

    quero ainda ter a oportunidade de ver essa banda aqui no Brasil

    7 Apr 1:24am Reply
  • Hollie452

    Johnny Was may be the greatest Bob Marley cover ever.

    17 Mar 2:38pm Reply
  • KurtBell

    New album is really good after a few listens!

    24 Feb 9:43pm Reply
  • starkey

    The old BBC Peel Session are fucking awesome

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great set in Holmfirth, as always

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • escuteisso

    beirut moon is awesome

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • venividivicious

    Seeing as there are so many of the bleeders and I don't have the patience to trawl through them all (especially as I hear some of them are poor), can someone tell me which of their live albums (apart from Hanx!, obviously) is worth listening to?

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • I_hate_fat

    странным образом ухитрялись записывать отличные вещи и сразу же выпускать вслед за этим говно хотя в целом ранние вещи ничо так

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    The Irish Rock League is waiting for your votes to decide the next winners!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great set as usual in Sheffield, did a nice cover of Staring at the Rude Boys.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • flashbleu

    "Surely Northern ireland makes them Irish" Woah! Good luck with that discussion. I'm outta here...

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Surely Northern ireland makes them Irish and is this a Green day covers band,for real some of the stuff written here seems a bit odd to me and nothing to do with music.

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nik-68-nik

    Yo fellow Finger's fan's, i did a stupid thing today as i am an debt up to my eye's etc... When i tried to buy a ticket for the Preston gig as i live in Blackpool and found out that ALL the gig's had sold out, except for Cardiff i paniced ? not sure about that spelling HAHA So bought a couple for me and her indoor's, but did'nt think about the mileage till after.. EVEN though Finger's are my best band of ALL TIME,, Cardiff is way too far !!!!!! They cost me £56 all together BUT would except the normal ticket price of £40... If anybody is intrested i should recieve them tomorrow and would post on to you the quickest way poss.. contact me on .... nikclare1968@gmail.com or 07747728837 .... Prefer paypal.. Cheer's Nik.....

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Luuttuaja

    I don't think anybody who knows some punk history "underrates" them. Whether they deserve more mainstream popularity, that's another question. They are highly rated punk legends anyway.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Marit_01

    "Why is this band so fuckin underrated?" WTF?! :D

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • charstebbing

    Why is this band so fuckin underrated? Pure punk explosion! [2]

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great set as always in Homfirth!

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • northernbeach

    Am 22.12 in Bochum: Know your rights - a tribute to Joe Strummer -- mit The Movement, Hotel Energieball und Northern Beach in der Rotunde.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • stainedart

    kicking up a racket!

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
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