Click on the link here for Audio Player – Stiff Little Fingers, live at Berlin Metropol – November 30, 1980 – WDR-Rockpalast
Another request this week. My old pal and colleague Joe Wood posed a hypothetical earlier tonight. He asked if I happened to have any Stiff Little Fingers live recordings around. And if I had, would I considering doing a post on them. I immediately thought of the John Peel sessions, which trace the band from beginnings in 1978 through the early 80s. But then I remembered I had, tucked away on a shelf, in the gotta-get-around-to-digitizing-this department, a Stiff Little Fingers concert recorded in Berlin by the venerable Westdeutscher Rundfunk in 1980.
Since Stiff Little Fingers were a great band to listen to in the early days, so it was a coin toss. But since I imagined most everyone has heard (at one point or another) the Peel Sessions, I thought I would go with the German concert just to offer something a little different (we like to do that around here, in case you didn’t notice).
So here is Stiff Little Fingers, in concert, recorded at The Metropol in Berlin on November 30, 1980 – complete – no overdubs – no second takes – flying without a net. One of the best ways to hear a band, in my humble opinion.
Crank it up – since it’s Friday and all. And since L.A. has been rocking n’ rolling a bit this evening (those pesky little earthquakes, guaranteed to drive you nuts), a great excuse to celebrate you made it through another week intact . . . for now.