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Saturday, May 25

Stiff Little Fingers

Date and time

May 25 7:00 PM

Location

  1055 Fifth Ave Escondido, California 92025

Price

$35 - 75

About

Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band, originally based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1977.

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 cover band, Highway Star. Upon the departure of Gordon Blair (who went on to play with another Belfast group, Rudi), Ali McMordie took over the duties on Bass. Henry had by this time discovered punk, and introduced the rest of the band to it. They decided that Highway Star wasn’t a punky enough name, and after a brief flirtation with the name The Fast, decided to call themselves Stiff Little Fingers, Jake taking the name from the Vibrators track.

In November of ’77, Gordon Ogilvie, a local journalist, caught their live show and was impressed. He encouraged them to write their own songs about what they knew best--life in Belfast. Jake came back twelve days later with "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life". 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.

Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favorites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it’d be very easy to go, ’Hey, here’s another old one you may remember.’ A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends....I suppose it’s the same as any band that’s been around for any length of time....And yes, there are nights that we don’t particularly want to play "Alternative Ulster" or "Suspect Device" because we’ve heard them ’til they’re coming out our ears. But there’s always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."

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