On February 17, 1978 The Adverts released debut album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with John Leckie (Magazine's Real Life, The Stone Roses debut, Radiohead's The Bends) producing. Having made their mark in 1977 with the U.K. Top 10 hit "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" and other singles, Tghe Adverts' album seemed a bit late to take full advantage of their punk success and would only briefly visit the UK Top Forty.
CDs of the original album collect all the singles including "Gary Gilmore's Eyes", "Bored Teenagers" and "Safety in Numbers". It's jam packed with fast and furious tunes sung in a Glam rock style by T.V. Smith. And of course there is the bass player, Gaye Advert, whose look was copied everywhere.
As decades have passed, the album has risen in critical prominence, making both 1001 Albums You Must Hear ("More than 20 years on, it now sounds much fresher, less aggressive, and more soulful than many of its lauded contemporaries") and The Mojo Collection (Red Sea...became the Great Lost Punk Album")