Win tickets to Stiff Little Fingers
Gary Fitzpatrick • Published 26 Jul 2012 10:30
STIFF Little Fingers play Dunfermline's Glen Pavilion next week and singer Jake Burns was interested to hear the history behind Andrew Carnegie donating Pittencrieff Park to the citizens.
Speaking from Chicago, Jake said, "That's a great story about Andrew Carnegie and if it hadn't been for him this country I'm in would be incredibly stupid.
"He just about paid for every public library in this country. That's a hell of an investment."
"I've not been to the venue there before but I've looked up photos of it on the internet and it is a pavilion isn't it? They're not kidding on this occasion."
Jake commented on the use of fellow punk icons The Clash's 'London Calling' by British Airways and other corporate giants for the Olympics.
"It's interesting because over here one of the networks are also using the song as the tag tune but they've cut most of the lyrics out so it's just 'London Calling' and little bits of guitar.
"At least somebody there had the brains to listen to the words. You don't really want an ad for airline with the line 'Engines stopped running'," Jake laughed.
"Particularly since I'm flying with British Airways next week! Make sure the engines keep going lads that will be great..."
On their Dunfermline set, Jake said, "We've been doing this such as long time the audience has completely rotated. We've got some young kids coming who may have never seen us before.
"If we didn't play 'Alternative Ulster' we'd get lynched. You got to play those alongside some new ones. It's balancing act trying to keep everyone happy but the whole point is you're supposed to have fun. That's the idea.
"You nice people in Dunfermline have invited us back and we're looking forward to being there."
Full interview with Jake and the chance to win tickets in today's Press.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 26 Jul 12