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If it ain’t stiff, it ain’t worth a fuck
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Dave Robinson was one of those quintessential Irishmen, perhaps best defined by the term 'chancer'. There is something of the rebel in the DNA of the Irish chancer that people often fall for, despite their better judgement. Ironically, it is the English themselves who invariably and wholeheartedly embrace the amiable, charismatic Irish chancer, oblivious to the fact that they themselves are his mark. The author discusses his conversation with Stiff's Head of A&R Nick Stewart, at the Stiff/Island offices, wherein he was offered finance and help for the recording of their album. Publishing would be dealt with separately, but Dave assured him that this was in hand, likely with Zomba Music Publishing. Dave informed the author that he needed to sign on behalf of the band, and then dropped him at a tube station to make his way home in the rain.

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