31/7/16 – Stiff Little Fingers – Nobody’s Heroes – 1980 / The Undertones – Teenage Kicks – 1978

Stiff Little Fingers - Nobody's Heroes - Single Cover - 1980Two bands from Northern Ireland that made lasting impressions. Originating in the Punk scene, Stiff Little Fingers were from Belfast, formerly a Deep Purple covers band called Highway Star, till they discovered Punk Rock and forming as Stiff Little Fingers in 1977. They sang about “The Troubles” and were an edgy, growling powerful four piece.

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks 1978The Undertones were from Derry formed in 1974 and concentrated their lyrical content more on the issues of adolescence and teenage angst over a back drop of catchy chord sequences and Feargal Sharkey’s distinctive vocals.  There were conflicts between the two bands as The Undertones accused Stiff Little Fingers of highlighting “The Troubles” and Stiff Little Fingers accused The Undertones of ignoring them.

Teenage Kicks was DJ John Peel’s favourite song, the first line of which appears on his gravestone.