The Adventures

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The Adventures
OriginBelfast, Northern Ireland
GenresNew wave, pop rock, alternative rock, Irish folk (later work)
Years active1984–1993, 2007, 2009, 2019
LabelsChrysalis, Elektra, Polydor
Past membersTerry Sharpe
Pat Gribben
Eileen Gribben
Gerard 'Spud' Murphy
Paul Crowder
Jonathan Whitehead
Tony Ayre (deceased)

The Adventures were a Northern Irish rock/pop band, formed in Belfast in 1984 who scored a number of hits during the 1980s and early 1990s.

The band moved to London where they signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single in 1984. Following their debut album, the group moved to Elektra Records and scored their biggest hit, "Broken Land". The song was written by guitarist Pat Gribben and reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the most played song on BBC Radio 1 in 1988.[1][2]

The band were actively recording and touring from 1984 up until 1993, but despite being managed by the highly-influential Simon Fuller, The Adventures never achieved a significant commercial breakthrough.[3][4]

The band have reformed several times to play live gigs and festivals in Belfast several times, including 1997, twice in the 2000s, and in 2019.[3] No further studio recordings have been made.


Lead vocalist Terry Sharpe and guitarist Pat Gribben first worked together when in 1978 they joined punk band The Starjets.[5] The band experienced limited success and disbanded in the early 1980s.[6] In 1983, Sharpe appeared in the Bananarama video for "Shy Boy"[7][8] and co-wrote several tracks on their debut album Deep Sea Skiving.[9]

In early 1984, Sharpe and Gribben then formed The Adventures with Gribben's wife, Eileen, Gerard Murphy, Tony Ayre and Paul Crowder,[5] performing their first show in February 1984 in North London.[10] They signed to Chrysalis Records[5] and were taken on by upcoming manager, Simon Fuller, who saw them achieve much publicity and promotion in the music press, including an appearance on BBC's Crackerjack.[11] Despite this promising start, their debut single, "Another Silent Day", released in the summer of 1984, barely scraped into the chart.[1] Further singles were released, "Send My Heart", "Feel the Raindrops", and "Two Rivers", all of which were minor hits in the UK Chart, but no major breakthrough was achieved.[12] Their debut album, Theodore and Friends, was released in 1985 while the group were on a world tour supporting Tears for Fears. It received much critical acclaim, but again no significant sales.

The band lay low for the next two years. During this time, main songwriter Pat Gribben composed some new songs for a second album and the band left Chrysalis Records and were picked up by Elektra Records.[5] With another burst of promotion and heavy airplay, their new single "Broken Land" became their first significant hit, reaching No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart and spent 10 weeks on the chart.[1] The single was quickly followed up by the album, The Sea of Love,[5] which reached No. 30 and also remained on the charts for 10 weeks.[12] The follow-up singles, "Drowning in the Sea of Love" and "One Step From Heaven", failed to reach as highly and stalled at No. 44 and No. 82 respectively, though the album was certified Silver (for 60,000 copies sold) by the BPI in 1989, a year after its release.

The band combined pop/rock with a folk music sound for their third studio album, Trading Secrets with the Moon. Released in early 1990 along with a couple of singles, the album failed to capitalise on their earlier success and only appeared briefly on the UK Albums Chart, stalling at No. 64.[12] This ended their contract with Elektra.

With another rethink and now down to a quartet, The Adventures returned in 1992 with the single "Raining All Over the World". Now signed to Polydor Records, the song reached No. 68, and was to be the group's final chart appearance.[1] A fourth album, Lions and Tigers and Bears, was released in 1993, produced by ex-Vibrators bassist Pat Collier at London's Greenhouse Recording Studios. Despite featuring a new single, a contemporary reworking of the 1960s hit "Monday Monday", the album met with tepid response and failed to chart. The group were then dropped by Polydor, and essentially broke up soon after.

Pat Gribben continues to write songs and is currently working with singer Ryan Molloy, while Terry Sharpe spent some years performing in a cover band, The Dead Handsomes. The Adventures regrouped briefly in 2007 for some gigs in Belfast, but no major reunion was ever organised. They regrouped again in 2009 to perform further small scale gigs in Belfast, as well as appearances at the Time To Be Proud and Féile an Phobail festivals during the summer.

Former bass player Tony Ayre died on 20 December 2009.[13]

On 5 January 2019, The Adventures (featuring Sharpe along with Pat and Eileen Gribben) played their final show at The Empire, Belfast[7] with The Starjets[14] reforming later on in the year.[15]

Band members[edit]

  • Terry Sharpe – lead vocals (11 December 1956)
  • Eileen Gribben – vocals, violin
  • Gerry "Spud" Murphy – guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Tony Ayre – bass (died 2009)
  • Pat Gribben – guitar
  • Paul Crowder – drums
  • Jonathan Whitehead – keyboards


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
1985 Theodore and Friends - -
1988 The Sea of Love 30 144
1990 Trading Secrets with the Moon 64 -
1993 Lions and Tigers and Bears - -


Year Single Chart positions Album
1984 "Another Silent Day" 71 - - - - - Theodore and Friends
"Send My Heart" 62 - - 24 44 92
1985 "Feel the Raindrops" 58 - - - - -
"Two Rivers" 96 - - - - -
1988 "Broken Land" 20 8 95 - 25 45 The Sea of Love
"Drowning in the Sea of Love" 44 15 - 53 - -
"One Step from Heaven" 82 - - - - -
1989 "Washington Deceased" - - - - - - Trading Secrets with the Moon
1990 "Your Greatest Shade of Blue" - - - - - -
1990 "Bright New Morning" - - - - - -
1992 "Raining All Over the World" 68 - - - - - Lions and Tigers and Bears
1993 "Monday Monday" 83 - - - - -


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  2. ^ "80s hitmakers reunite for further Adventures". The Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Adventures man Terry Sharpe on 'final' gigs and memories of 1980s pop success". Irish News. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  4. ^ The TIME 100: Simon Fuller, Time. Retrieved 3 May 2007
  5. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 0-85112-579-4.
  6. ^ "Starjets – Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Adventures man Terry Sharpe on 'final' gigs and memories of 1980s pop success". 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Bananarama are back: 'It was every bit as intense as a marriage, but without the sex'". The Irish Times.
  9. ^ "Record Review: Bananarama – Deep Sea Skiving". 9 May 2017.
  10. ^ Tarradell, Mario (28 April 1998). "'The Adventurers' find their musical voices". The Miami News. Miami, Florida. p. 3C. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Crackerjack - 1984 - Full Episode". YouTube. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Adventures – Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Home – The Adventures". 6 March 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Home".
  15. ^ "Week 86 13 March 2022".
  16. ^ Australian chart peaks:

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