” I LOVE THE SMELL OF PUNK IN THE MORNING”- “GARY GILMORE’S EYES”- THE ADVERTS

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“I Love The Smell Of Punk In The Morning”- “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes”- The Adverts. “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” released in September 1977- reached # 18 on the UK Singles Chart.

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Gary Gilmore a double murderer in Utah- gained a lot of media attention in the mid 70’s when he demanded to be executed by a firing squad. He got his wish and was executed January 17, 1977. Gilmore had requested that some of his organs be used for transplant purposes- his corneas were used for transplants- which inspired this song.

Norman Mailer wrote a book “The Executioners Song” which won the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones as Gilmore. Gilmore’s brother rock music journalist Mikal Gilmore also wrote a fine book about the family- “Shot In The Heart” which is well worth reading.

The Adverts were short lived- they formed in 1976- released two albums and disbanded in 1979. “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” was their most successful single.

4 responses to “” I LOVE THE SMELL OF PUNK IN THE MORNING”- “GARY GILMORE’S EYES”- THE ADVERTS

    • That book by his brother Mikal Gilmore is chilling. Its been 25 years since it came out and I read it but it still is vivid in my mind…. there was also family lore that Harry Houdini was the father of Gilmore’s father..

    • Mikal Gilmore doesn’t believe the story- and it would seem unlikely- when Gary’s father was born- Houdini would have been 16 and had yet to go on the road.

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