This is from Gay Byrne’s weekly Sunday World column dated August 20th, 1978. Stiff Little Fingers were about to do 4 Dublin gigs in 4 different  venues – including Dingo’s Rock Palace.

Suspect Device had been released in March earlier that year with Alternative Ulster released later in October of the same year.

Journalists Colin McClelland and Gordon Ogilvie were the management behind SLF at the time.  Colin McClelland later became editor of the Sunday World.

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    1. Always had his finger on the pulse. Or was it pulse on the finger? I’m trying to imagine him moshing away to SLF, Rudi or the Outcasts in the Baggot or McGonagles.

  1. good old gay,before he got into serious music like crystal swing,westlife,boyzone,wee piss daniel o d,dickie i never stray rock and all those other cabaret,lounge suit,cuntry n western,and louis walsh aX’s he loves.oh,not forgetting U2 of course(punks at one stage..??whah??).

    1. Jaykay, I think Dingos was in Mary St Little, just off Capel St, Not sure exactly as I was never in it. Anyone else pin point it?

  2. Not punk. SLF were a sub-metal band. Their “music” rife with semantic clichés and cast in the N.American idiom. In my opinion, for what it’s worth, few of the bands on the scene were “Punk Bands”, most, if not all, adhered to the I,IV,V forms laid down by the Church in the 17th century. (Mary of the IV Form?) None possibly with the exception of Dundalk’s NRG/Scheme challenged those bourgeois forms with progressions like v, iv, I, i,vi, ii, II. Amen. Dig? Shure it’s no wonder SLF were darlings of Ireland’s media.clowns.

    1. Ain’t none of us perfect, make that progression – v, iv, I, i,vi, ii, III, iii, I. Nice.

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