Friday, September 14, 2007

Stiff Little Fingers

Two of my top 25 albums of all time are by Stiff Little Fingers, 1979's "Inflammable Material" and 1980's "Nobody's Heroes." Outside of the punk scene not too many people even know who the band is, but I think they were fantastic. That first album is raw and gritty, it was like Ireland's answer to The Clash. The vocals are rough, songs catchy, and most of the lyrics were fairly political. The second album, released only a year later, found the band moving in a bit of a more pop direction much like The Buzzcocks did. Both albums are totally great and worth seeking out. I loved the band and finally got to see them live about 8 years ago at RKCNDY when they were well past their prime. They still put on an excellent show for old guys and didn't massacre their old songs thankfully. These shots I took at that show. It's funny, the crowd shot almost looks like it could be from the late '70s.

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