Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids

Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids

Original Release Date

1982

Release Information

UK 7" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 2637)
UK 12" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 12 2637)

A Bits Of Kids 3:35
B Stands To Reason 3:01

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 73, 2 wks

Credits

Produced by Nick Tauber

Additional Credits

Ali McMordie - bass, guitars
Henry Cluney - guitars, vocals
Dolphin Taylor - drums, percussion, vocals
Jake Burns - guitars, vocals

Engineer: Simon Hanhart
Assistant engineers: Andy, Mike and Mark

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: While still markedly more restrained and controlled than in their indie days, both songs (taken from the forthcoming Now Then... LP) mark a return to form. The barely audible acoustic and sweetly trilled intro to 'Bits Of Kids' is startling and unexpected, but works really when the full band kicks in with a powerful, if smooth, punk attack, and it boasts one of their bestest ever refrains. 'Stands To Reason' is Jake's ironic cataloguing of the sort of ill-considered stereotypes people attach to kids, girls, blacks and others, and is cleverly arranged with nice quiet-verses-loud-choruses that bring his lyrics into sharp focus. Excellent stuff, this is one of my fave SLF singles. (Unfortunately, the 12" is a stupid idea: the same two songs, and a virtually identical cover - apart from ripping off fans, what's the point?)

DAVID HEPWORTH, SMASH HITS, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 1982: Before the advent of punk Stiff Little Fingers used to regale the good headbangers of Belfast with their stirring renditions of the greatest hits of Deep Purple and The Who. Now that punk's good and gone they're trying to edge their way back into the "rock" field with big beefy choruses and chords that can probably be played by an arm that revolves 180 degrees. Grating.

Additional Notes

Blue or silver labels

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Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids - UK 7" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 2637)Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids - UK 7" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 2637) Back Cover

UK 7" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 2637). Click here for more

Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids - UK 12" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 12 2637)Stiff Little Fingers - Bits Of Kids - UK 12" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 12 2637)

UK 12" 1982 (Chrysalis - CHS 12 2637). Click here for more

 

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