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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 2 guys behind the counter grabbed my record and started writing on the sleeve. Well, how was I to know it was T V Smith & Laurie Driver? I would have recognised Gaye! Robin

An add in the shop recruited the front man Robert King for the Scars which completed the line up.




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