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Friars Heroes Hall of Fame

Stiff Little Fingers
Inducted in May 2009

Stiff Little Fingers became of one of the Friars bands in its history. Seven appearances, six of them headlining and full houses. Friars became one of SLF's favourite venues and the live Hanx! album was recorded at Friars in 1980. In three years they went from being voted the best support act of the year to the greatest Friars band of all time. No mean feat. No matter how big they got after their first appearance in 1978, they kept coming back. SLF were one of those bands that for someone of a certain age were a best kept secret with their singles passed round the school playground. The secret was out though when their debut album, Inflammable Material, went into the higher echelons of the chart astounding many people, not least the record industry and chart compilers who were yet to wake up to what this band were about. A band unafraid of saying what they had to say about their homeland, it gave the website huge pleasure to present SLF with a well deserved Friars Heroes Award in 2009. A true Friars band.

Jake Burns: We always looked forward to playing Friars because it was always a capacity audience and it was so welcoming. The other thing, was that some audiences could be a bit hairy for a better word, you were never sure of the reaction. But at Friars, it was run like a family club almost. Everybody...not just backstage, but the audience too seemed to know each other. There was a wonderful camaraderie about it. I can't think of another venue like that. There were venues that were bigger and may have claimed to be more legendary...the likes of Hammersmith Odeon or Glasgow Apollo, but the atmosphere was unique to Friars and to Aylesbury.

Jake Burns and Ali McMordie accepting the Friars Heroes Award for SLF, Northampton, May 2009:

Picture: Mike O'Connor

SLF's history at Friars




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