A couple of years ago I agreed to be on a podcast where we had to read a massive-huge book and talk about it, for my episode it was the Norman Mailer tome, The Executioner’s Song. I agreed because the Pulitzer-prize winner had long been on my long-list of must-(get-to-)reads. So this forced my hand. And as I turned the thousand-plus pages inside of a week (an astonishing read, easily one of the all-time best, a Top 5 for me) I picked up on all sorts of other (related) things; the movie version of the book, other books by Mailer, other writers to read, and a song called Gary Gilmore’s Eyes.
That song was my introduction to a band called The Adverts, I may or may not have heard/heard of them before that – I’m pretty sure I perhaps hadn’t. Anyway, it’s a great song and I remember reading up about them – they’d formed a couple of years before that single but when they released their debut album, this wee classic it was 1978 – and the single wasn’t on it, until it appeared on later reissues (like the copy I eventually got to). A year later, and one more album and the band was done.
I forgot to check them out. I loved the song Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, I was – for a time – wrapped up in his story and anything to do with him but I didn’t check out anything more by The Adverts. I’m glad this book challenge got me back to this band and into this album. For some they’re a footnote only, for others the real deal, the main article.
Either way this is a fine piece of punk and a must-hear album.