Photo of Bruce 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.

Favourite singles

"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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