Stiff Little Fingers

(Belfast, Northern Ireland Apr 77 – early 83)
originally called Highway Star


Official Pre-79 Releases;

Suspect Device 7” (Rigid Digits, SRD-1) released Mar 78
Tracks: Suspect Device, Wasted Life

Alternative Ulster 7″ (Rough Trade/Rigid Digits, RT-004) released Oct 78
Tracks: Alternative Ulster, 78rpm

Inflammable Material LP (Rough Trade, ROUGH-1) recorded Nov 78, released Feb 79
Tracks: Suspect device, State of emergency, Here we are nowhere, Wasted life, No more of that, Barbed wire love, White noise, Breakout, Law and order, Rough trade, Johnny was, Alternative Ulster, Closed groove


Other Pre-79 Recordings;

BBC John Peel session, recorded Downtown Radio studio, transmitted 13-4-78
Tracks: Alternative Ulster, Johnny was, State of emergency, Wasted life

BBC session? May 78
Tracks: No more of that, White noise

Live 3-6-78 (Venue unknown)
Tracks: Suspect device

BBC John Peel session recorded 12-9-78
Tracks: Barbed wire love, Johnny was, Law & order, Suspect device

Various Artists – Shellshock Rock Film by John T Davis (79) recorded 25-10-78
Tracks: Alternative Ulster


Further Information;

Line ups;

Highway Star
75 – Apr 77
Jake Burns (voc/gtr)
Henry Cluney (gtr)
Gordon Blair (bass)
Brian Faloon (drms)

Stiff Little Fingers #1
Apr 77 – Apr 79
Jake Burns (voc/gtr)
Henry Cluney (gtr)
Ali McMordie (bass)
Brian Faloon (drms)

Apr 79 – late 81
Jake Burns (voc/gtr)
Henry Cluney (gtr)
Ali McMordie (bass)
Jim Reilly (drms)

late 81 – Feb 83
Ali McMordie (bass)
Jake Burns (voc/gtr)
Henry Cluney (gtr)
Brian Taylor (drms)

Gordon Blair later in Rudi, Brian Taylor is ex-Tom Robinson Band
Jim Reilly later in The Starjets


Gigography (up to end 78, Incomplete)
16/08/77 Belfast (1st gig)
14/12/77 Trident, Bangor
17/01/78 Pound, Belfast
02/02/78 Queen’s University (McMordie Hall), Belfast
03/02/78 Friars (Maxwell Hall), Aylesbury
02/03/78 Conor Hall, York Street
14/04/78 Steeple Inn, Antrim
21/04/78 Coach Inn Bar, Omagh
02/07/78 Friars (Maxwell Hall), Aylesbury
25/08/78 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
26/08/78 Dingo’s Rock Palace, Dublin
01/09/78 Baggot Inn, Dublin
02/09/78 McGonagle’s, Dublin
09/09/78 Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, London
10/09/78 Lyceum, Strand, London
22/09/78 Colston Hall, Bristol
24/09/78 Anti Nazi League Carnival, Herne Hill
25/09/78 Odeon Theatre, Birmingham
26/09/78 De Montfort Hall, Leicester
27/09/78 City Hall, Newcastle
28/09/78 Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh
29/09/78 Apollo, Glasgow
01/10/78 Town Hall, Middlesbrough
03/10/78 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
04/10/78 City Hall, Sheffield
05/10/78 Apollo Theatre, Manchester
06/10/78 Empire Theatre, Liverpool
07/10/78 Top Rank, Brighton
08/10/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
09/10/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
11/10/78 University of Essex, Colchester
12/10/78 Friars (Maxwell Hall), Aylesbury
19/10/78 Exeter University
25/10/78 Ulster University, Coleraine
31/10/78 Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, London
17/12/78 McGonagle’s, Dublin
23/12/78 McGonagle’s, Dublin