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Stiff Little Fingers est un groupe de punk d’origine de l’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 albums, pour finalement se reformer en 1987. Les membres du groupes ont beaucoup changé depuis leur début, à l’heure actuelle Jake Burns, le chanteur, est le seul membre qui ait été présent dans toutes les formations.

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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. 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 2007. 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 Bruce Foxton after fifteen years.
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Membres de Stiff Little Fingers

Highway Star

(1977)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Brian Falloon – batterie

(1977-1979)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Ali McMordie – basse, chant
Brian Falloon – batterie

(1979-1981)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Ali McMordie – basse, chant
Jim Reilly – batterie

(1981-1982)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Ali McMordie – basse, chant
Dolphin Taylor – batterie, chant

(1982-1987) : Séparation du groupe.

(1987-1991)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Ali McMordie – basse, chant
Dolphin Taylor – batterie, chant

(1991-1993)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Henry Cluney – guitare, chant
Bruce Foxton – basse, chant
Dolphin Taylor – batterie, chant

(1993-1996)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Bruce Foxton – basse, chant
Dolphin Taylor – batterie, chant
Dave Sharp – guitare (en concert seuleument)
Ian McCallum – guitare (en concert seuleument)

(1996-1998)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Bruce Foxton – basse, chant
Steve Grantley – batterie, chant
Dave Sharp – guitare (en concert seuleument)
Ian McCallum – guitare (en concert seuleument)

(1998-2006)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Ian McCallum – guitare, chant
Bruce Foxton – basse, chant
Steve Grantley – batterie, chant

(2006-present)Jake Burns – chant, guitare
Ian McCallum – guitare, chant
Ali McMordie – basse, chant
Steve Grantley – batterie, chant

Discographie

Singles et 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
« Talkback », 1982
« Bits of Kids », 1982
« Price of Admission », 1982
« Beirut Moon », 1991
« Get a Life », 1994
« Guitar and Drum », 2004

Albums

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

Compilations et albums live

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)
Alternative Chartbusters, (1991)
Fly The Flags, (1994) (or 1991 depending on source)
Tin Soldiers, (2000)
The Radio One Sessions, (2003)
Fifteen and Counting… Live at the Barrowland 17th March 2006
Live In Aberdeen 1979 (2007)

Ils ont également fait la Bande Originale du jeu Pro Pinball: Timeshock! (1997)

Ecoutez les Stiff Little Fingers sur 121 web Radio !

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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 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 punky enough name, and after a brief flirtation with the name The Fast, decided to call themselves Stiff Little Fingers, Burns taking the name from a Vibrators track.

It was while they were doing a gig at the Glenmachan Hotel that they met up with Gordon Ogilvie, who was a 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.

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 Reilly became their drummer in time for the « Gotta Gettaway » single, and played in the Rock Against Racism tour.

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 hard core punk 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.

They reformed in 1987; according to Burns, because they were « skint and wanted to make a bit of cash to get back to Ireland for Christmas ». They released some live albums and did short tours towards the end of the 1980s, and by 1990 were thinking of reforming permanently.

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, 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, and the trio of Jake Burns, Bruce Foxton and Dolphin Taylor continued for the next four years, joined on live shows by either Dave Sharp or Ian McCallum.

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 Grantley who had played drums for Jake Burns and the Big Wheel in the late 1980s.

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.

On 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. »

On 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.
Cheers,
Jake. »

On 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 Bush & the Iraq War.

Stiff Little Fingers personnel

Highway Star (1977)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Brian Falloon – drums
Gordon Blair – Bass guitar

(1977-1979)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Ali McMordie – bass guitar, vocals
Brian Falloon – drums

(1979-1981)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Ali McMordie – bass guitar, vocals
Jim Reilly – drums

(1981-1982)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Ali McMordie – bass guitar, vocals
Dolphin Taylor – drums, vocals

(1982-1987) Band split.

(1987-1991)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Ali McMordie – bass guitar, vocals
Dolphin Taylor – drums, vocals

(1991-1993)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Henry Cluney – guitar, vocals
Bruce Foxton – bass guitar, vocals
Dolphin Taylor – drums, vocals

(1993-1996)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Bruce Foxton – bass guitar, vocals
Dolphin Taylor – drums, vocals
Dave Sharp – guitar (live only, not an official band member)
Ian McCallum – guitar (live only, not an official band member)

(1996-1998)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Bruce Foxton – bass guitar, vocals
Steve Grantley – drums, vocals
Dave Sharp – guitar (live only, not an official band member)
Ian McCallum – guitar {live only, not an official band member)

(1998-2006)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Ian McCallum – guitar, vocals
Bruce Foxton – bass guitar, vocals
Steve Grantley – drums, vocals

(2006-present)
Jake Burns – vocals, guitar
Ian McCallum – guitar, vocals
Ali McMordie – bass guitar, vocals
Steve Grantley – drums, vocals

Discography

Singles 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
« Talkback », 1982
« Bits of Kids », 1982
« Price of Admission », 1982
« Beirut Moon », 1991
« Get a Life », 1994
« Guitar and Drum », 2004

Studio albums

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)
Alternative Chartbusters, (1991)
Fly The Flags, (1994) (or 1991 depending on source)
Tin Soldiers, (2000)
The Radio One Sessions, (2003)
Fifteen and Counting… Live at the Barrowland 17th March 2006
Live In Aberdeen 1979, (2007)

They also made the music for the game Pro Pinball: Timeshock! (1997)

Listen to the Stiff Little Fingers on 121 Web Radio !

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