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Album Review

Making rousing, melodic punk rock with a reggae influence, Stiff Little Fingers are a strong live force even on album. Live Inspiration is made up of live performances from the band, and they have an energy that is infectious and powerful. The only problem is the sound quality, which definitely suffers, especially on the second disc. They manage to overcome the audio problems for the most part, but the album would have been more vital with a clearer mix. As it stands, this is a fun punk rock album that doesn't take itself too seriously but still manages to entertain with some politics thrown in for good measure. It may not substitute for a best-of package, but it does go to show how good punk music can be in a live setting.


Formed: 1977 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the first wave of U.K. punk rock, plenty of bands sang about a world full of violence and chaos, but Stiff Little Fingers didn't have to imagine a dystopian world -- living in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the height of "The Troubles," police brutality and terrorist violence were simply a part of daily life, and the band's music was a powerful response to what they saw, raw-boned rock & roll that balanced rage at a world gone mad against hope for a better day. Stiff Little Fingers were formed...
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