I remember the record shop you mention, (though I can't remember the name, either! Anyone help here?) You could buy loads of alternative music there. They had the record sleeves displayed on the wall with the warning; "nick our record covers and we will nick you." They also had a branch in Sale - where I worked at the time - for a while. The staff were very helpful, polite and knowlegeable in both outlets.
Mitch remembers it being called "Discount Records" I am pretty sure he is right. "Muppet" lead singer of Armed Force used to work in there. There is a picture of him I took when we were in a band "Yukio Tani" he is crouching down. The shop was exactly as you described and was a regular meet up place for many of the punks who hung around in town circa 1978/79
Yes, The Reducers definitely played the Mayflower - a few of us came down from Bury to watch and I don't remember too many other punters that night; seem to remember the end of the night was spent justifying why my mate still insisted on wearing flares to some dudes who claimed to be V2 (not a typing error!), in their expensive 'New Wave' gear and Vidal Sassoon spiky hair...
The Reducers first single Things go wrong/We are Normal is far better and much harder to find. The lovely blonde ladies record shop in Blackpool as gone now I went to have a look last year and it was gone I was gutted.
COMMENT ADDED 19th July 2010
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