• Advertising
  • Jingles (UK EMI) 1978 

Britain’s Advertising was a clever young pop quartet with a penchant for quirky but catchy tunes, punny teenager lyrics and the color pink. They had a near brush with UK chart success via a 45 called “Lipstick” (included on Jingles); failure to win a large following caused an early breakup. This album (produced separately by Andy Arthurs and Kenny Laguna) is chock-a-block with engaging numbers, cheery vocals and snappy, clean playing; the songs (written by guitarists Tot Taylor and Simon Boswell) are literate and charming. Since leaving Advertising, Tot Taylor has recorded under his own name and worked with World of Leather, while Boswell became a producer and formed Live Wire.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Live Wire, Tot Taylor and His Orchestra