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Saturday, 22 April 2017

40 Years of Punk & New Wave 1977: One Chord Wonders - The Adverts

One Chord Wonders / Quickstep - The Adverts
Stiff Records (BUY 13)
Produced by Larry Wallis
Released 22nd April 1977

 One Chord Wonders
(written by Tim Smith)

I wonder what we'll play for you tonight.
Something heavy or something light.
Something to set your soul alight.
I wonder how we'll answer when you say.
"We don't like you - go away"
"Come back when you've learned to play"

I wonder what we'll do when things go wrong.
When we're half-way though our favourite song.
We look up and the audience has gone.
Will we feel a little bit obscure.
Think "we're not needed here"
"we must be new wave - they'll like us next year"

The wonders don't care - we don't give a damn. 

Here's the story of The Adverts in a few simple steps:

Step 1: Form a band.
TV (Tim) Smith  and Gaye Advert (Black) moved from Bideford in Devon to London in 1976 and recruited guitarist Howard Pickup (Boak) and Laurie Driver (Muscat). The Adverts are born.

Step 2: Play Your First Gig
January 1977 The Adverts make their live debut supporting Generation X at The Roxy.

Step 3: Play Your Second Gig
Their second gig, also at The Roxy (they played there a number of times between January and April), they supported Slaughter and the Dogs (from Manchester). The gig is recorded and Bored Teenagers ends up on the Top 30 album The Roxy London WC2.

Step 4: Play Your Third Gig and Get Signed
Supporting The Damned this time around The Adverts are signed to Stiff Records.

Step 5: Release Your Debut Single
 The Adverts they release their Debut single on Stiff Records entitled One Chord Wonders on the 22nd April 1977. On the cover it is called One Chord Wonder and the label on the actual record has One Chord Wonders.

 Step 6: Get A John Peel Session
On the 25th April 1977 The Adverts stroll into the studios to record their debut session for John Peel. This is broadcast on 29th April 1977.
Songs on the session are:
    Looking Through Gary Gilmore's Eyes
    One Chord Wonders
    New Boys
    Bored Teenagers

Step 7: Go Out On Tour To Promote The Single
In May 1977 they launched out on tour supporting The Damned. Stiff Records used all their wit and wisdom to come up with a great enticement to witness the tour:  
"The Damned 
Can Now Play Three Chords The Adverts 
Can Play One 
Hear All Four Of Them At..."

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