Personalities | Stiff Little Fingers | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal group, 1978–83, 1987–present)

The Belfast outfit, comprising Jake Burns (guitar, vocals), Henry Clunie (guitar), Ali McMordie (bass) and Brian Falloon (drums) converted to punk on seeing The Clash in 1977. With lyrics by journalist Gordon Oglivie, Fingers’ early material, particularly the debut album Inflammable Material (1979), expressed anger at the troubles in Northern Ireland. Characterized by Burns’ raw-throated vocals, the band split in 1983 and reformed four years later, remaining a popular live draw.

Styles & Forms | Seventies | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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