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MUSIC: Stiff Little Fingers to storm Dublin 

Sunday, 18th February, 2018 7:00pm
MUSIC: Stiff Little Fingers to storm Dublin 

Stiff Little Fingers are a force to be reckoned with.

MUSIC: Stiff Little Fingers to storm Dublin 

Stiff Little Fingers are a force to be reckoned with.

FORMED in 1977 in Belfast, Stiff Little Fingers, along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, and The Stranglers, were at the forefront of the punk movement.

They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like ‘Suspect Device’ and ‘Wasted Life’.

In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.

These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment.

In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut ‘Inflammable Material’.

The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.

Over the years, their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power.

Their studio albums demonstrate their passion and anger, each in its own way. In 1994 they released the ‘Get a Life’ LP.

The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that cited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence.

In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, ‘Guitar and Drum’, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled ‘Strummerville’.

After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever.

Stiff Little Fingers are live at The Academy Dublin on Friday, August 24.


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