The Adverts – On Wheels

• “On Wheels” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to hawkmoon03111951.

8.2 “Fantastic Post-Punk from England”

From their album “Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts” (Bright Records BRL-201) released in 1978.

Top dog on their debut LP was “One Chord Wonders” but I already owned that so it can’t feature today. Earlier this year I was pleased to discover they had plenty more where that came from.

My album review:

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.

You can read all of my favoured album reviews from ’78 here.


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