Monday, 31 October 2011


Not to missed i thought when i saw the advert for this gig,and as it fell when i was on a late finish at work it was even better! the fingers where one of the 1st bands i ever saw live, in fact there where probably THE 1st! as i saw them at my 1st ever proper gig in 1978 supporting the Tom Robinson Band at Sheffield city hall,(still got the ticket stub and the TRB badges!),so 30 years later here i am again revisiting a part of my youth,not quite sure how many times ive seen SLF but it was more then once and the Sheffield Top Rank and poly spring to mind as well.The plug in sheffield is a great place,a medium sized venue,with a truly great bar running the length of one side and unlike the 02 Academy serves up some proper drinks,such as stella,peroni,san miguel,bulmers cider etc,and at a good price and quality unlike the 02 where its the usual water ie carling,carlsberg,heienken and god forbid tuborg!the support act was The Fuckwits, I didnt really take much notice of them so i cant really comment,So on comes the fingers to a great reception and stright into a set list of classic tunes,which included,(not 100% sure)johnny was,suspect device,alternative ulster,at the edge,nobody's heroes,common people,doesnt make it alright,tin soldiers,what i liked about seeing the fingers again was the way jake burns took the time out to explain the meanings behind the lyrics of most songs between playing them and nice to see that the fire hasnt gone out with some of jake's statements!nice to see a very good crowd on a wednesday night and a very mixed one with quite a few youngsters rubbing shoulders with the older fans from old!and also some great stuff on sale as well! i even treated myself to a SLF tee shirt for next summer,the 2 mates i went with,one had never seen them before and he was well impressed and this lad does a LOT of gigs,my other mate was in the same boat as me having seen them over 30 years ago and we had a on going chat over the next couple of days about the gig,on leaving the plug we where given a flyer with a an all day punk festival on in december featuring the buzzcocks,angelic upstarts,king kurt,and the subhumans amongst others...WATCH THIS SPACE.



  1. classic punk band SLF, they were my first band also in 79 with the vapors and the starjets at hammersmith Palais, they wrote some storming punk classics gotta gettaway, alternative ulster,suspect device,back in the day i had the flame logo painted on my leather jacket

  2. Kind of lost track with fingers since bruce left, is it just Jake now from the original line up?

  3. no,at present its jake burns and ali mcmordie who plays bass