There is so much about The Adverts that captures all that punk means. Originally to be called One Chord Wonders Tim and Gaye instead settled on The Adverts. Perhaps one of the first bands to be formed outside of the London based scene around the Pistols (and like others inspired by seeing them) luck was in for them by virtue of the fact their first gigs were at The Roxy Club London. Formed in late 76 nearly three months later they would be on a well promoted tour with The Damned and their first single under their belts. Not least a part of the success of the band tho they might not like it was Gaye Adverts obvious sexy punk attraction and the fact that she was the bass player gave the band an obvious commercial angle which Stiff and music papers exploited. The fact that Gaye was often snapped along with other punk musos didn''t help. At the same time some absolute corking tunes allied to sharp lyrics made the band a force to be reckoned with as they hit the charts in Aug 77 with Gary Gilmore Eyes and signed to major label Anchor all at breakneck speed. It was punk but it was more thought provoking .