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Stiff Little Fingers are back! No Going Back (Reissue 2017) released in the course of the bands 40th anniversary tour, comes with 12 exclusive demo songs, an acoustic version of “My Dark Places” and a live version of “When We Were Young.”
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, The Stranglers – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life.” In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.
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 delivery that rings of honesty and commitment.
‘No Going Back’ was originally released in March 2014. With song titles like “Trail of Tears,” “My Dark Places” and “Liar’s Club,” covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake’s personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west.
Jake has said, “You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do ‘comedy’ songs!” But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that “My Dark Places” gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.