Comment: Bruce’s (in Rose Street) and Hot Licks (in Cockburn – pronounced Co’burn, like the port – Street) were the only places to buy punk records. I used to hang out in Bruce’s all the time – the staff always had a cup of coffee ready to sober me up! All the bands used to come there pre-gig and I got to meet a lot of stars as a result. Bob Geldof still owes me a pint of Guinness. When I asked for Gary Gilmore’s Eyes one day I was very pissed off when two guys behind the counter grabbed my record and started writing on the sleeve. Well, how was I to know it was TV Smith & Laurie Driver? I would have recognised Gaye!
An ad in the shop recruited the front man Robert King for The Scars which completed the line up.