Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

I played bass guitar in a band with my best mates from school - Brian Faloon on drums and Jake Burns on lead guitar and vocals.

We tried a variety of names, but I always liked 'Scruff'. We played heavy metal, or at least we thought we did. Then one day, Jake played us a single he'd bought. It was Anarchy In The UK by the Sex Pistols - a band I'd never heard of. Jake was very enthusiastic, but I thought, "What is this tuneless rubbish?"

It was the old story of "musical differences". I left the band, and they recruited Ali McMordie as bassist and Henry Cluney on guitar, and shortly afterwards changed the name to Stiff Little Fingers. They became the best and most successful punk group to come out of Northern Ireland.

It was the old story of "musical differences". I left the band, and they recruited Ali McMordie as bassist and Henry Cluney on guitar, and shortly afterwards changed the name to Stiff Little Fingers. They became the best and most successful punk group to come out of Northern Ireland.

It was a couple of years before I 'got' punk. I came to realise that the heavy metal and progressive rock that I had been listening to was soulless and artificial, and that punk was a fresh, energetic form of music which spoke directly to the emotions. It changed popular music forever, and, in the long run, changed my musical taste too.

Anarchy In The UK is an all-time classic, even though I didn't realise it first time round.



Steve Graham still plays bass, most recently with Muinzer Black. He's also a music photographer.

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