Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers are Northern Irish punk legends – in the business since ’77 and (with a few lineup changes) still going strong. You should know them already. If you don’t, do some homework.

This is a list we’re very excited about… Jake Burns (Vocals, Guitar) has picked out his very own top 5 tracks for us.

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Right, over to Jake…

1 – The Clash: “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”

Kind of a “no brainer”, but it remains my favourite 4 minutes or so of recorded sound ever. It’s a strange song insomuch as there’s no chorus and the structure is weird, yet it is more anthemic than many songs that slavishly follow the “verse, chorus, verse, chorus” etc. pattern. Magnificent.

2 – The Who: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Like The Clash, another band I could have picked a dozen songs by, but as we’re going for “Top 5” here, I had to go with the biggest “kablaaaam!” song ever put on plastic. Should Martians ever land on Earth and ask: “What IS Rock & Roll?” show them the footage of this from “The Kids Are Alright”. That should convince them.

3 – Culture: “Two Sevens Clash”

Love this entire album. I went to Jamaica a few years ago hoping to find the Holy Grail of record stores or some such, you know: records by Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, The Wailing Souls etc. that no-one had ever heard, all stacked up and ready for me to discover. Instead, I found Bob Marley being played everywhere like some strip mall in suburbia. There’s more to reggae than Sir Bob, you know!

4 – Bob Dylan: “Like a Rolling Stone”

Everything about this record is perfect. The feel, that swirling organ part, the sneer in Bob’s voice, the sheer venom in the lyric. I love it when Dylan gets nasty and along with “Positively 4th Street” (although that IS somewhat overdone), this is his highlight.

5 – Tom Waits “Tom Traubert’s Blues”

Again, I could have picked a dozen Tom Waits tunes. I guess most people would have expected me to go for one of the more visceral later songs, but there’s something magnificently elegiac about this that makes it irresistible. A cinematic 6 minutes or so. Wonderful.

Here’s the YouTube playlist – press play and the whole list will play through…

Or for those on the go, here are the songs on iTunes – download em:

Finally, for the uninitiated, here’s a tune from Stiff Little Fingers. Superb.

If you like SLF, you might also enjoy the Stranglers’ Top 5 Tracks.

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