Along with The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Clash, The Slits, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Subway Sect and The Damned; The Adverts were one of the original English punk bands that emerged in the space cleared by The Sex Pistols in 1976. Though The Adverts are not as well known as they should be in the United States, the band’s performances of T.V. Smith’s visionary songs are among the founding documents of punk rock.
Tim Smith and Gaye Balsden met at South Devon Technical College in Torquay in the mid-‘70s. Smith was a songwriter and guitarist who had led the local glam-influenced band Sleaze and Balsden was a fellow art student. Inspired by The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers, the couple moved to London in 1976 in order to start a punk band.... Read More