Stiff Little Fingers Tinderbox on 2LP
Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69 and Stranglers – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement.
They initially wrote about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life." These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and a delivery that rings of honesty and commitment.
Pared down to a lean and mean trio with frontman Jake Burns as the last remaining founding member and Jam bassist Bruce Foxton in the fold, Stiff Little Fingers released Tinderbox in 1997. The signature social and environmental commentary is complemented well by Burns' relationship material and they even cover Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message" and slag Paul Weller on "My Ever Changing Moral Stance" for good measure.