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TV Smith, former frontman and songwriter of seminal UK punk band The Adverts, is seen as a cult legend by many fans of Britain’s late 1970s New Wave scene.
Tim Smith grew up in Devon where he developed an interest in poetry and, later - influenced by the records of Bowie and Roxy Music - songwriting. At art college, he met girlfriend and fellow Iggy and the Stooges devotee Gaye Black and in 1976 the couple moved to London after reading about the Sex Pistols in the music press with the aim of starting their own punk band.

Upon arrival, they changed their names to TV Smith and Gaye Advert respectively, recruited guitarist Howard Pickup (born Boak) and drummer Laurie Driver (born Muscat) and formed The Adverts.
The band debuted at Andy Czezowski’s Roxy in Covent Garden in early 1977 before signing to Stiff Records and releasing their debut single “One Chord Wonders”, one of the era’s signature anthems and a response to ongoing criticism of the band’s musical inexperience and alleged ineptitude. The single received positive reviews and became an underground punk hit (partly due to the now-iconic portrait of Gaye Advert that adorned its sleeve).
The band found brief chart success in late 1977/early 1978 with subsequent singles “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and “No Time To Be 21” which were followed by the release of their debut LP “Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts”. The album performed disappointingly despite positive reviews but is now considered by many to be one of the best releases of the New Wave.


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