A Strange Story Involving Scuba Diving and Punk Band The Adverts’ First Album.
Above Photo: The Adverts.
As mentioned in Bombed Out!, the Adverts were one of my favourite early Punk bands, and I saw them play three times in Liverpool.
Gary Gilmore’s Eyes was one of the first punk records I ever bought and I really liked their first album Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts, which always reminds me of a strange story which took place 15 years after I last saw them play.
The guitarist from the Adverts was called Howard Pickup (although, as a red-blooded teenager I only ever had eyes on (and for) their sexy female bass player, Gaye Advert, when I saw them live).
In 1994 I was learning to dive in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, and my dive instructor was called Jim Pickup, with whom I got on well. We had already established a common interest in Punk and New Wave bands and he was a good guy to talk to.
On the last night, as we had a group piss-up after everyone had qualified as divers, he went round the group asking why people had wanted to learn to dive.
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