It is what it says on the package: a roundup of every A- and B-side that the Adverts
released between their debut in spring 1977, the anthemic "One Chord Wonders," and the posthumous farewell released the week after they broke up in late 1979, "Cast of Thousands." And wedged in between are some of the most exhilarating bursts of three-or-thereabouts-minute noise conceived during the punk era: the hits "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" and "No Time to Be 21," the anthems "Bored Teenagers" and "Safety in Numbers," the surprising "My Place," the thunderous "Television's Over," a live "New Church," and the closest thing to a cover that the band ever recorded, "Back from the Dead," co-written by TV Smith
and Richard Strange
and already available on the second album by Strange
's band, the Doctors of Madness
. The Adverts
, needless to say, approach the song from an entirely different direction, and that's appropriate because that's how they approached everything. And the fruits of their labors still stun today.