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A punk band from Belfast, Ireland, formed in 1978.

1) In 1977, four schoolfriends formed the Incredibly Boring Band and did a few gigs playing covers of Thin Lizzy and Dr Feelgood songs. However, they were soon smitten by the punk bug and decided that they wanted to play energic pop like the Buzzcocks and the Ramones. So they started to write their own songs and then decided to change the band name to Protex Blue(the name coming from the title of a song of the Clash). The band - Aidan Murtagh(guitar/vocals), David McMaster(guitar/vocals), Paul Maxwell(bass/vocals) and Owen McFadden(drums) - played their 1st gig under the new name on 4.7.78 at Knock Methodist Church Hall.

They went on to play at various venues around Belfast and soon earned the reputation of being an excellent live band, and somewhere along the lines at this time they shortened the band name to just PROTEX. Shortly after recording a session for Downtown Radio, they were watched by Terri Hooley, performing at the Glenmachan Hotel and it wasn't long before Hooley had them in the studio recording their debut single for the Good Vibrations label. They went on to record a session for The Kid Jensen Show on BBC Radio and shortly afterwards, A&R men from London came over to see them play live with the X-Dreamysts in Portrush. At this stage the band were still in sixth form at school, studying for their A-Levels.

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