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 ” The Beatles (1963)
Something In The Air ”Thunderclap Newman (1969)
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 ”â 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)
PART 2 OF GAYE ADVERT’S TOP 10 FAVOURITE ALBUMS IS HERE