It's advisable to take the usual PR puff that accompanies the release of any album with an industrial sized pinch of salt, unless it's calling The Adverts debut album 'one of the greatest punk albums of all time'. For once the PR people are, if anything, guilty of under-estimating how good this album is. I know that to many of you reading this it's little more than a relic from an earlier age and I'm little more than the musical equivalent of Tony Robinson and his time team excavating long buried treasures.

I understand how irrelevant an album that was released 33 years must seem to most of the readers of The 405. It's the equivalent of a punk in 1978 reading a review of a Perry Como re-release. But believe me this album is still as relevant today as it was 33 years ago. It's so fresh it could have been recorded yesterday. The Britain of 1978 was economically weak with plummeting living standards and rampant youth unemployment. Sound familiar? The re-release of Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts is a timely reminder that we've been here before. But if you're expecting a hyper political, snot flecked, angry tirade against injustice and hypocrisy, think again. This is not a barricade storming crie de cour, it's intelligent, witty and self deprecating, which sets it apart from most of it's snotty, angry contemporaries.

'One Chord Wonders' is a storming mass of noise that celebrates the band's musical limitations and the general public's response to punk with lyrics so pithy you'd swear they'd been recently wrapped round a citrus fruit. 'Bored Teenagers' is throwaway punk so archetypical that tongues have surely been introduced to cheeks along the way. 'Safety In Numbers' is a critique of the bandwagon jumpers that infest, and ultimately destroy, any scene. 'On The Roof' starts deceptively slowly before exploding into ear splitting life, while the angular rhythms of Newsboys were post punk before punk had even passed it's first flush of youth.

The undoubted highlight of the album is the brilliant 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes' a song about the transplant of a killers eyes into an unwitting blind patient. It's one of the few punk songs that truly deserves to be called a classic. It was mystifyingly excluded from the initial release of the album, a mistake corrected by the 2002 re-release of the album and it's included on the latest re-issue no less than three times. Talk about over compensating.

As well as the three version of 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes' this re-release throws in a pile of additional extras including live tracks and some songs that weren't included on the original album. Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts, with the addition of the mysteriously excluded 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes', stands up well on it's own, the added extras merely seal the deal.

It's time to put away your dubstep albums and your witch house white labels and get an infusion of old school punk into your veins courtesy of the Adverts.