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The Stiffs

THE STIFFS "POP WITH STEEL TOE CAPS...." THE STIFFS BRAND OF HIGH ENERGY POP-PUNK BLENDED THE INFLUENCE OF THE ..70..s "GLAM" MUSIC WITH THE YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE AND FORCEFULNESS OF PUNK.

The Stiffs formed in 1977, as a bunch of 15 year old schoolkids. Their first single 'Standard English' was released in early 1979 on their own Dork Records label. The much more impressive follow up "Inside Out"/"Kids on the street" was also released on Dork Records in December 1979 and both sides became instant favourites of BBC Radio One..s John Peel, who was quoted as saying on air that it was 'the finest record in the entire history of the universe'!

EMI quickly snapped the band up and re-issued 'Inside Out' on their Zonophone subsidiary in early 1980. The single 'Volume Control' was released by Zonophone in November 1980 but it..s lack of chart success prompted EMI to release the band from their contract and cancel plans for an album. The Stiffs signed to STIFF Records in January 1981 for a one-off single 'Goodbye my love' (a cover of the 1975 UK hit by The Glitter Band), whilst the band went out on a UK tour with the U.K.Subs. Despite massive radio airplay 'Goodbye my love' failed to hit the Top 50 and the band were once again without a record deal.

Several line-up changes ensued, but the Stiffs didn..t release another single until 1985 with 'The Young Guitars' 12" single...once again on their own Dork Records. After incessant touring the band folded in 1988, leaving behind a fairly large legacy of unissued material.

In 1999, Captain Oi! Records put together "The Stiffs-The Punk Collection"...an album featuring the band's singles plus the best of The Stiffs' previously unreleased material. A Live reunion of the original line-up in July 1999 spawned the "Volume Control - Live" album, released by Receiver Records in 2000. Several festival appearances followed.

2001 saw two further compilation albums appear. "Innocent Bystanders" on EMI covered the band..s early period, whilst the "Stiffology" album (Angel Air Records) filled in the gaps in the band's fragmented career between 1981 to 1988.

Phil Hendriks toured Japan with a revamped Stiffs line-up in 2002 to promote the re-issue of 2 of the band's singles by '1977' Records and recorded a brand new Japan-only single "Four Winds". The original line-up reconvened in November 2005 and the reunion show was filmed and recorded for the DVD - "Let's Activate", released on Dork Records in 2006. Further festival appearances followed, including the Czech Republic's "Antifest" in 2007.

have been rehearsing new material and the original line-up are set to enter the studio in November 2008 to begin recording a new album. This will be the first time all the original members have been together in a recording studio since 1981.

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