My Top 10 – Gaye Advert

Gaye Advert as the bass player for The Adverts was the reluctant poster girl for the initial punk movement; following the bands split she retired from music reverted to her true name; Gaye Black and subsequently returned to art.

She is now a reknowned ceramic artist who exhibits around the world.

A regular exhibitor at the Rebellion Festival art show, Blackpool Winter Gardens in August, Gaye has confirmed she will have a range of new works on display, in addition some of her work will be exhibited in Pennsylvania at the same time.

Gaye featured in the recent BBC4 Punk Brittania series discussing the origins of The Adverts – we took the opportunity to ask her about her own musical influences. In a twist from the normal format Gaye has provided individual tracks and in chronological order.

This is not a list of my current favourite songs, that would involve hours of agonising and then would need constant updating. These are songs that changed my life. In chronological order then…

She Loves You ”€œ The Beatles (1963)

I was seven, my mother had taken me to the park, and while I was playing I heard some older kids singing a song, the like of which I had never heard before. It turned out to be She Loves You. There was something really exciting about it, and I pestered her to buy me the record. By the time my parents went to the record shop the Beatles had released their next single, I Want To Hold Your Hand, so they bought me that instead, and I was hooked. I lived and breathed The Beatles, and soon that led onto The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals and their ilk.

Something In The Air ”Thunderclap Newman (1969)

I loved this from the first time I heard it on the radio aged thirteen, a song about revolution that is at once beautiful and melancholy. The band were an odd mix of characters, and the ghastly B side, Wilhelmina, was like a sort of Dutch drinking song. To this day the opening bars make me go ahhh.

Black Sabbath ”Black Sabbath (1970)

I instantly loved the opening track on the band’s first album, with its ominous opening chords and Ozzy Osbourne’s amazing voice. Brilliant cover too. I played it to death, read all the Dennis Wheatley occult novels, and started looking for similar bands, but just ended up with the rather corny Black Widow!

Peaches En Regalia ” Frank Zappa (1969)

The opening track on Hot Rats was the soundtrack to the summer of 1971 for me. I even liked Zappa’s wah wah pedal guitar solos (I’ve never been a fan of solos). His music ranged from comedy to classical via pop (I did draw the line at the jazzier bits mind you) and I acquired a range of other associated music ”“ Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Wild Man Fischer, the GTOs, and David Peel and the Lower East Side. Cal Schenkel’s cover design for Hot Rats was really striking, a magenta toned photograph of one of the GTOs peering out of a big grave, and his graphics were a big part of Mothers of Invention albums for me.

Silver Machine ”Hawkwind (1972)

A song that still sounds as good today as it did when it first came out. Spacey and druggy and just really really exciting. Lemmy’s vocals were perfect for it, though he didn’t usually do vocals. Live gigs were a complete experience, with strobes and Stacia dancing. They even played in Devon. I remember hitching all the way to Exeter to see them at the university, but not being allowed in because you had to be signed in by a student, but luckily the band came along and got me in around the back!


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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Gaye mentions the original punk bands …The Damned, Buzzcocks, Stranglers, Clash and of course the Adverts. Strange again though how the Stranglers have been completely written out of this documentary. It is good that sham 69 and generation X get a mention but odd that such a huge band at the time the stranglers continually get omitted from these ‘histories’. They even have gene october of chelsea on there ffs.

    The punk at the BBC showed a clip of them playing ‘no more heroes’, and its good to see the vibrators, xray-spex, uk subs, the ruts and the Lurkers been shown.

    the 1st BBC4 doc re: pub rock was great as featured dr feelgood and eddie and the hot rods, 2 crucial links.

    wonder will episode 3 feature killing joke, theatre of hate?? and late comers like uk decay, the exploited, chron gen, discharge etc ….or will it all be post-punk stuff like joy division, gang of 4….

    The stranglers, seriously huge band at the time, huge following, rattus norvegicus sold by the shed load.

  2. Patrick…. Do not underestimate Gene October… He is one of THE most important people in punks history, for without him, the Roxy Club might never have happened. It was a originally a gay club frequented by Gene October, who suggested to the owners to open it as a club for all the new bands to play.


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