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A photo of Gaye Black taken recently by a friend.

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is punk rock royalty!!! As Gaye Advert, she was a founder member of punk band The Adverts with her then partner T.V. Smith. Originally from (sleepy) Bideford in Devon, after relocating to London they had a whirlwind first three gigs, picking up momentum from supporting Generation X, then Slaughter & The Dogs and The Damned and as a result signing to Stiff Records. After playing with The Jam, they recorded their first Peel sessions, cut a single called “One Chord Wonders” and headed out on tour with labelmates The Damned on the back of a poster infamously emblazoned thus: “The Damned Can Play Three Chords, The Adverts Can Play One, Hear All Four At…”

The Adverts single “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” was based on the wishes of the American murderer of the same name to have his corneas donated for medical transplant and it’s fair to say whipped up some controversy after tabloid scrutiny and on a remarkable performance by the band on Top of the Pops as the song hit the Top 40. The band’s first album “Crossing The Red Sea with the Adverts” is a bona fide punk classic, and in a relatively short but incendiary lifespan (1976-1979) they recorded another album, another three Peel sessions and truly cemented their legacy. Gaye was one of the first female punk icons and her kohl-eyed, leather jacketed furious bass playing endures. Nowadays, she’s an artist of a different kind, specialising in some eye popping collage work, stained glass panels and bespoke jewellery, and I am very honoured that she’s agreed to appear here on Velvet Sheep fanzine turned blog. Welcome to V.S., the awesome Gaye Black!

Gaye has artwork currently displayed at the Waterloo Square Gallery in Alfriston, East Sussex…see below

And here’s a collage featuring Gaye and her punk memorabilia…(part of a series of ten)

And this is a Gaye Black original, of more abstract nature…

But what of Gaye Black’s “song for ewe”? It’s suitably dark…and given that Gaye is a fan of black metal and has reviewed the Inferno Festival in Oslo for Louder Than War in recent times, it shouldn’t come as a surprise…

Over to Gaye…

“Today I revisited “Mouth of Leviathan” by Behexen.

I first heard “Mouth of Leviathan” live in Oslo in 2013 as it is not on any of Behexen’s full length albums. It had such presence I had to get hold of a copy. It is exciting from the first note, and builds nicely. The guitar melody over the plodding rhythm works beautifully, and the bass plays a more major part than is usual in this genre, an interesting bass line that works well against the rest, and then the other guitar melody that first surfaces half way through is an excellent counterpoint, appearing and disappearing. I like the vocal sound and think of it as another instrument, rather than being too intrusive or wordy.”