Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts by The Adverts, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

iTunes Review

There’s a reason this 1978 album by Britain’s Adverts is still a great listen decades after its recording (at Abbey Road Studios). The mixed-gender band (female bassist Gaye Advert inspired countless crushes) had the wits and songwriterly chops to transcend punk musicians' limitations, so this set has the staying power of any classic rock 'n' roll album. The topical anthems (“Safety in Numbers,” Bored Teenagers,” “No Time to Be 21”) are deceptively smart, and the melodies have the musical support that isn’t solely based around churning guitars and harmonic distortion. In fact, “New Day Dawns” and “Bombsite Boy” each show a flare for Bob Ezrin/Alice Cooper–like musical left turns (the kind that surprise listeners after a simple sing-along refrain). “Up on the Roof” was one of the first punk-era songs that had real pathos. The jewel here is “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes”: a ’60s-riffed garage-ist dream about gazing through the peeps of the famously executed Utah murderer.

Customer Reviews

A forgotten milestone to punk

Though the group was only together for about the same amount of time as The Sex Pistols were, The Adverts managed to go the farthest they could with their music and their meaning. And their first album really gives it all they got. TV Smith's lyrics are just genuis, and Gaye Advert's basslines are too unforgettable. Not to mention, they have some awesome songs. If you come across any punk record, then I'd highly recommend this one.


Formed: 1976

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, the Adverts were a bright, though short-lived, light of the punk era, distinguished by the fact that their bassist, Gaye Advert, was one of the first female stars of punk rock. After they (barely) mastered one chord, the Adverts began playing at London's Roxy Club in 1976, where they quickly came to the attention of the Damned's guitarist Brian James. James offered the band an opening spot on the Damned's tour and directed them toward Stiff Records. Stiff...
Full Bio
Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts, The Adverts
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.


Influenced by This Artist