||Bruce William Watson
Guitar, mandolin, e-bow, backing vocals
Born: 11th March 1961 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Lives in: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Bruce is the baby of the band at 21 [in 1982] and has been playing guitar since he was 16. As
a kid he asked his mum and dad to buy him a Beatles guitar and a Chad Valley drum kit to play
with. "I decided I liked the guitar better, and while I was still at school I used to skive
off to work so I could buy a proper guitar and amp." He formed a band with a few lads from
school, and had his debut at the Lady of Lourdes Chapel, Dunfermline, after only four months
playing. "We were really bad," he recalls. "We played thrashy punk stuff but we got six
encores." The Delinquents were born. They started getting serious about playing when they got
a drummer who could actually play. The bass player just happened to be Stuart's brother-in-law,
and after shortening their name to Delinx, the band started to get gigs supporting the Skids
around Scotland. During the day Bruce worked in the dockyards at Rosyth as a labourer. "I
used to clean out the sewage tanks in the submarines - it really stank." When Delinx split up
in 1979, he formed a new band with the ex-Skids drummer, but that didn't last, so disillisioned
he sold his equipment and set off for the bright lights of London. "We spent a couple of weeks
squatting in Brixton but I got fed up and came home." Back to the docks to earn enough money
for new equipment. He started writing his own songs, and then joined a new band called Euroset,
which lasted about a year. When Stuart asked him if he'd like to form a band he had signed on
the dole and was not playing at all. The duo jammed at a local community centre, creating the
bones of the songs you hear in the set now. When Tony and Mark joined, the band was complete.
Bruce said: "I have fulfilled part of my ambition now. I am really enjoying being part of this
band. I like playing live, but everything that's happening now is a fascinating experience. I
know I still have a lot to learn, but that's all part of the challenge." Bruce lives at home
with his parents: "I quite enjoy it now. I think it's because I'm working away in London a lot.
I enjoy seeing different places, but it's always nice to get home for a while."
Target shooting with air rifles and motorcycle racing.
Bruce, like Stuart, is married to Sandra - a different one, silly! Click
here to see a page about their wedding with photos.
- "Complete Control" - The Clash, "New Rose" - The Damned, "Pretty Vacant" - Sex
Pistols, "Into The Valley" - The Skids, "Pinhead" - The Ramones, "Gary Gilmore's
Eyes" - The Adverts, "Snuff Rock" - Albertos Y Los Trios Paranoias, "Young Savage"
- Ultravox, "Boredom" - Buzzcocks, "Grip" - The Stranglers
Taken from the Country Club Fanzine (Issue 1 & 2)
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