Stiff Little Fingers North . Formed in 1977, the band debuted as "Highway Star" , from the title of a song of Deep Purple , and basically covers hard rock .
Following the explosion of punk rock in 1976, they radically changed their musical orientation. They then borrow their name from a song of Vibrators. Their songs describe the difficulty of living in Northern Ireland , because of religious cleavages and the climate of civil war. Their first 45s received a warm welcome, especially from John Peel, DJ of the BBC Radio 1 .
After making six albums, the group broke up in 1982 and finally reformed in 1987. The band members have changed a lot since their beginnings: at present Jake Burns (en) , the singer, is the only member who has been present in all formations. In March 2006, the original bassist Ali McMordie joined them after the departure of Bruce Foxton (en) , ex bassist of " Jam ".
Before becoming Stiff Little Fingers , Jake Burns (singer and guitarist), Henry Cluney (guitarist), Gordon Blair (bassist) and Brian Faloon (drummer ) were playing as a rock band, more specifically as lang = "en"> cover band in Belfast>. After the departure of Gordon Blair (who will go to another Belfast band called "Rudi"), Ali McMordie joins them on bass. Cluney discovered punk during this period, which he made known to the rest of the group. They therefore consider their name " Highway Star " as not enough punk and, having hesitated with the name " The Fast ", they renamed themselves " Stiff Little Fingers ", according to the namesake song of "Vibrators>". It was while playing a concert at Glenmachan Hotel that they met the journalist Gordon Ogilvie , who will invite them to an evening at Colin McClelland , journalist with whom will correspond Burns .