The mad thing about Probe records is that around that same time Budgie from the Banshees was also workng there....next door was the hairsalon Extreems where A flock of Seagulls all worked... and down two more shops was the Vintage Clothes store Aunt Twackys where Paul Rutherford from Frankie Goes to Hollywood worked. Which was of course accross the street from OMD's studio. This was also the time that Courtney Love used to hang out 'stalking' Julian Cope.
Pete 'stole' allot of that early image from influence from an ole mate o mine Kris Guidio who was friends with Bryan (Cramps) Gregory. Kris was one of the few people in Liverpool who had been to American (back early 80's that was 'something' to have been to The State) and he'd come back with all these human bones and dog black contact lense. Kris was a real talented artist an a real deviant who greatly influenced Pete. Then Pete (funded by his wealthy parents) would take trips to London and buy up the whole Westwood Pirate collection etc.
He also used to take these 'tanning' tablets which were popular then which made him bright orange!
Liverpool was a magical small town then....still is!!