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The Adverts

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, the Adverts were a bright, though short-lived, light of the punk era, distinguished by the fact that their bassist, Gaye Advert, was one of the first female stars of punk rock. After they (barely) mastered one chord, the Adverts began playing at London's Roxy Club in 1976, where they quickly came to the attention of the Damned's guitarist Brian James. James offered the band an opening spot on the Damned's tour and directed them toward Stiff Records. Stiff released their self-deprecating debut single, "One Chord Wonders," in 1977, when the band could still barely play, but when they released their second single, the disturbingly funny "Gary Gilmore's Eyes," the group rocketed into the U.K. Top 20 in a storm of controversy. The Adverts' first album, Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts, fulfilled the single's promise, but the second, 1979's Cast of Thousands, sounded like they poured all of their musical ideas into their first album; the group broke up the following year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. One Chord Wonders

2. Quickstep

3. Gary Gilmore's Eyes

4. Bored Teenagers

5. Safety In Numbers

6. We Who Wait

7. No Time To Be 21

8. New Day Dawning

9. Drowning Men

10. On The Roof

11. Newboys

12. On Wheels

13. Bombsite Boy

14. New Church

15. Great British Mistake

16. Fate Of Criminals

17. Love Songs

18. Television's Over

19. Back From The Dead

20. My Place

21. Cast Of Thousands

22. Male Assault

23. I Surrender

24. I Looked At The Sun

25. The Adverts

26. I Will Walk You Home

Disc 2

1. Safety In Numbers (Live)

2. New Boys (Live)

3. One Chord Wonders (Live)

4. On The Roof (Live)

5. New Day Dawning (Live)

6. Great British Mistake (Live)

7. Bombsite Boys (Live)

8. No Time To Be 21 (Live)

9. Quick Step (Live)

10. New Curch (Live)

11. Bored Teenagers (Live)

12. Gary Gilmore's Eyes (Live)

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Track List: Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts

1. One Chord Wonders

2. Bored Teenagers

3. New Church

4. On The Roof

5. Newboys

6. Gary Gilmore's Eyes

7. Bobmbsite Boy

8. No Time To Be 21

9. Safety In Numbers

10. New Day Dawns

11. Drowning Men

12. On Wheels

13. Great British Mistake

14. One Chord Wonders

15. Quickstep

16. Gary Gilmore's Eyes

17. Bored Teenagers

18. Safety In Numbers

19. We Who Wait

20. On Wheels (Live)

21. Newboys (Live)

22. New Church (Live)

23. Gary Gilmore's Eyes (Live)

24. Drowning Men (Live)

25. No Time To Be 21 (Live)

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Reminds me of that Dramarama tune.
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Ah c'mon m, cast of thousands is alright.
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re: what phoenix singer wrote, barely mastering 1 chord is a particularly apt description for adverts b/c that was their gimmick, saying that. the single alluded to in the bio, and the old poster from their opening gig w/ the damned- the damned know 3 chords, the adverts know 1, come hear all 4 at....
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almost mastering one chord is what punk is. its for the masses, not the asses
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Phoenix Singer shut up
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"After they (barely) mastered one chord, xxxx began playing at yyyy's zzzz in 197x" How come, almost any remotely punk band has this same description on pandora or last.fm?
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great band
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rhall3101
Moo cow
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Pistols? Uh....I don't think so
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sounds similar to sex pistols what do you think?
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dominiqueche r i s 4 2
never heard of them but i think i am going to add them to my bookmarked artist after only hearing one of their songs 'gary gilmore`s eyes'

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