This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Stiff Little Fingers October 5, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
The recent This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to….. Bands Written On My Old Schoolbag got me thinking about SLF again…. and how powerful their early material was. Their Live Album ‘Hanx’ was the first of their albums I got. It was angry and brilliant…. and then they broke up!
Their music was a lot more angry than their counterparts the Undertones who broke up around the same time. Funnily enough both bands had mellowed in their final albums before breaking up. Early SLF songs were about the troubles the likes of ‘Alternative Ulster’, ‘Barbed Wire Love’ , ‘At The Edge’ and ‘Wasted Life’ .
Their Track ‘Go For It’ was a favourite on television during the 80s for music over action shots, the way some Sigur Ros songs are now.
They reformed again in 1987 and over the years I’ve seen them twice, both times they were very good but I couldn’t help wondering if it was a patch on what seeing them live in 1981 would have been.