“Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts” by The Adverts - album review

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TJR says

I keep reading stories about how these misfits couldn’t play to save themselves – a tale backed-up by themselves on their self-deprecating debut 45 “One Chord Wonders” – but all the evidence from their John Leckie-produced debut album suggests they must have been extremely quick learners, with no little talent. At the time of release in February ’78 the London-based quartet were: T.V. Smith (21, vocals); Gaye Advert (21, bass guitar, vocals); Howard Pickup (guitar, vocals) and Laurie Driver (drums). They were characterized by Tim Smith, the literate and energetic frontman, and Gaye Advert, his striking bass-playing girlfriend with big panda eyes. They had really made a good name for themselves by now, with 2 well-received Peel sessions and a few decent 45s, including the Top 20 hit, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes”. Three of those ’77 sides – “One Chord Wonders”, “Bored Teenagers” and “Safety In Numbers” – make it onto the debut LP, along with their latest Top 40 hit, “No Time To Be 21”. All of these give the set a solid base to work from but, if truth be told, there is no filler; there’s plenty more where that lot came from, most notably with “On The Roof”, “On Wheels” and “Great British Mistake”. This is smart Punk for tasteful music fans.

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A1 [02:49] 8.7.png The Adverts - One Chord Wonders (Timothy Smith) Punk
A2 [01:44] 7.5.png The Adverts - Bored Teenagers (Timothy Smith) Punk
A3 [02:26] 6.6.png The Adverts - New Church (Timothy Smith) Punk
A4 [03:01] 7.6.png The Adverts - On The Roof (Timothy Smith) Punk
A5 [03:13] 6.4.png The Adverts - New Boys (Timothy Smith) Punk
A6 [03:45] 6.9.png The Adverts - Bombsite Boy (Timothy Smith) Punk
B1 [02:36] 6.3.png The Adverts - No Time To Be 21 (Timothy Smith) Punk
B2 [03:15] 6.8.png The Adverts - Safety In Numbers (Timothy Smith) Punk
B3 [02:18] 6.3.png The Adverts - Drowning Men (Timothy Smith) Punk
B4 [03:17] 8.2.png The Adverts - On Wheels (Timothy Smith) Post-Punk
B5 [03:47] 7.8.png The Adverts - Great British Mistake (Timothy Smith) Punk

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