Stiff Little Fingers
Rough Trade (1)
Rating: ***** (Good Shit)
Released February 1979 (UK only) reached #14 in UK
While this Belfast outfit started as Highway Star (named after Deep Purple’s best song), these teenage punks proved to be much more than another covers band, first with their classic debut single (“Suspect Device”/”Wasted Life”) released in 1978, and then this kick-ass long-player that housed both sides of the debut single along with a nonstop onslaught of classic cuts.
This is what rock and roll is supposed to sound like, youngsters playing their hearts out. This is the greatest album ever recorded in Europe. I might have said that before, and I might say it again, but it’s still the truth.
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)