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The Damned

With punk's history having entered a new millennium, the impact of the band initially judged "the least likely to" seems to grow ever more each day. The Ramones hold deserved pride of place for kick-starting the whole thing, while the Sex Pistols -- and to a lesser extent, the Clash -- helped take it to an even more notorious level, serving as role models for many young bands to this day. But arguably just as important and memorable were the Damned, London contemporaries of the Pistols and Clash that made their own mark from the start. Eschewing political posing, ill-fitting outside rhetoric, and simply doing the same thing over and over again, the group -- which lacked anything like a stable lineup -- took punk's simplicity and promise as a starting point and ran with it. The end result, at the group's finest: a series of inspired, ambitious albums and amazing live shows combining full-on rock energy, a stylish sense of performance, and humorous deadpan cool. Not necessarily what anyone would have thought when Ray Burns and Chris Millar met in 1974, when both ended up working backstage at the Croydon Fairfield Hall.

Burns and Millar -- more famously known in later years as guitarist/singer Captain Sensible and manic drummer Rat Scabies -- kept in touch as both struggled in the stultifying mid-'70s London scene. Things picked up when Scabies talked his way into a rehearsal with London S.S., the shifting lineup ground zero of U.K. punk that nearly everybody seemed to belong to at one point or another. There he met guitarist Brian James, while in a separate venture overseen by Malcolm McLaren, casting about for his own particular group to oversee, Scabies first met theatrical singer Dave Vanian, still working through his New York Dolls/Alice Cooper obsession. Vanian's own history allegedly included singing "I Love the Dead" and "Dead Babies" while working as a gravedigger, but whatever the background, he proved to be a perfect frontman. Scabies put Sensible in touch with Vanian and James and the Damned were born, with Sensible switching over to bass while James handled guitar and songwriting.

Though the Sex Pistols became the most publicized of all the original London punk groups, forming and playing before everyone else, the Damned actually ended up scoring most of the firsts on its own, notably the first U.K. punk single -- "New Rose" -- in 1976 and the first album, Damned Damned Damned, the following year. Produced by Nick Lowe, both were clipped, direct explosions of sheer energy, sometimes rude but never less than entertaining. The group ended up sacked from the Pistols' cancellation-plagued full U.K. tour after only one show, but rebounded with a opening slot on the final T. Rex tour, while further tweaking everyone else's noses by being the first U.K. act to take punk back to America via a New York jaunt. Things started to get fairly shaky after that, however, with Lu Edmonds drafted in on second guitar and plans for the group's second album, Music for Pleasure, not succeeding as hoped for. The members wanted legendary rock burnout Syd Barrett to produce, but had to settle for his Pink Floyd bandmate Nick Mason. The indifferent results and other pressures convinced Scabies to call it a day, and while future Culture Club drummer Jon Moss was drafted in to cover, the group wrapped it up in early 1978.

Or so it seemed; after various go-nowhere ventures (Sensible tried the retro-psych King, Vanian temporarily joined glam-too-late oddballs the Doctors of Madness), all the original members save James realized they still enjoyed working together. Settling the legal rights to the name after some shows incognito in late 1978, the group, now with Sensible playing lead guitar (and also the first U.K. punk band to reunite), embarked on its most successful all-around period. With a series of bassists -- first ex-Saints member Algy Ward, then Eddie & the Hot Rods refugee Paul Gray and finally Bryn Merrick -- the Damned proceeded to make a run of stone-cold classic albums and singles. There'd be plenty of low points amidst the highs, to be sure, but it's hard to argue with the results. Vanian's smart crooning and spooky theatricality ended up more or less founding goth rock inadvertently (with nearly all his clones forgetting what he always kept around -- an open sense of humor). Sensible, meanwhile, turned out to be an even better guitarist than James, a master of tight riffs and instantly memorable melodies and, when needed, a darn good keyboardist, while Scabies' ghost-of-Keith Moon drumming was some of the most entertaining yet technically sharp work on that front in years.

The one-two punch of Machine Gun Etiquette, the 1979 reunion record, and the following year's The Black Album demonstrated the band's staying power well, packed with such legendary singles as the intentionally ridiculous "Love Song," the anthemic "Smash It Up," and "Wait for the Blackout" and the catchy Satanism (if you will) of "I Just Can't Be Happy Today." On the live front, the Damned were unstoppable, riding out punk's supposed death with a series of fiery performances laden with both great playing and notable antics, from Sensible's penchant for clothes-shedding to Vanian's eye for horror style and performance. Released in 1982, Strawberries found the Damned creating another generally fine release, but to less public acclaim than Sensible's solo work, the guitarist having surprisingly found himself a number one star with a version of "Happy Talk" from South Pacific. While the dual career lasted for a year or two more, the Damned found themselves starting to fracture again with little more than a hardcore fan base supporting the group work -- Sensible finally left in mid-1984 after disputes over band support staff hirings and firings. Second guitarist Roman Jugg, having joined some time previously, stepped to the lead and the band continued on.

To everyone's surprise, not only did the Damned bounce back, they did so in a very public way -- first by ending up on a major label, MCA, who issued Phantasmagoria in 1985, then scoring a massive U.K. hit via a cover of "Eloise," a melodramatic '60s smash for Barry Ryan. It was vindication on a commercial level a decade after having first started, but the Anything album in 1986, flashes of inspiration aside, felt far more anonymous in comparison, the band's worst since Music for Pleasure. After a full career retrospective release, The Light at the End of the Tunnel, the band undertook a variety of farewell tours, including dates with both Sensible and James joining the then-current quartet. The end of 1989 brought a final We Really Must Be Going tour in the U.K., featuring the original quartet in one last bow, which would seem to have been the end to things.

Anything but. The I Didn't Say It tour arrived in 1991, with Paul Gray rejoining the band to play along with the quartet. It was the first in a series of dates and shows throughout the '90s which essentially confirmed the group as a nostalgia act, concentrating on the early part of its career for audiences often too young to have even heard about them the first time around. It was a good nostalgia act, though, with performances regularly showing the old fire (and Sensible his legendary stage presence, often finishing shows nude). After some 1992 shows, the Damned disappeared again for a while -- but when December 1993 brought some more dates, an almost all-new band was the result. Only Scabies and Vanian remained, much like the late '80s lineup; their cohorts were guitarists Kris Dollimore and Alan Lee Shaw and bassist Moose.

This quintet toured and performed in Japan and Europe for about two years, also recording demos here and there that Vanian claimed he believed were for a projected future album with both Sensible and James contributing. Whatever the story, nothing more might have happened if Scabies hadn't decided to work out a formal release of those demos as Not of This Earth, first appearing in Japan in late November 1995. Vanian, having reestablished contact with Sensible during the former's touring work with his Phantom Chords band, responded by breaking with Scabies, reuniting fully with Sensible and recruiting a new group to take over the identity of the Damned. Initially this consisted of Gray once again, plus drummer Garrie Dreadful and keyboardist Monty. However, Gray was replaced later in 1996 following an on-stage tantrum by, in a totally new twist, punk veteran Patricia Morrison, known for her work in the Gun Club and the Sisters of Mercy among many other bands. Scabies reacted to all this with threats of lawsuits and vituperative public comments, but after all was said and done, Vanian, Sensible, and company maintained the rights to the name, occasional billing as "ex-members of the Damned" aside, done to avoid further trouble.

Since then, this latest version of the Damned has toured on a fairly regular basis, though this time with instability in the drumming department (Dreadful left at the end of 1998, first replaced by Spike, then later in 1999 by Pinch). While Vanian continued to pursue work with the Phantom Chords, for the first time in years, the Damned started to become a true outfit once again, the lineup gelling and holding together enough to warrant further attention. The capper was a record contract in 2000 with Nitro Records, the label founded and run by longtime Damned fanatic Dexter Holland, singer with the Offspring (who covered "Smash It Up" for the Batman Forever soundtrack in the mid-'90s). In a fun personal note, meanwhile, Morrison and Vanian married, perhaps making them the ultimate punk/goth couple of all time.

By 2001, the Vanian/Sensible-led Damned looked to be in fine shape, releasing the album Grave Disorder on Nitro and touring to general acclaim. Knowing the fractured history of the band -- captured in the literally endless series of releases, authorized and otherwise, from all periods of its career, live, studio, compilations, and more -- only a foolish person would claim things would stay on an even keel for the future. Permanently losing Scabies would seem to have been a killer blow on first blush, but the group has soldiered on regardless, a welcome influence from the past as well as a group of fine entertainers for the present. The year 2005 found both eras of the band being represented. While the new lineup was touring and working on a new album, the original lineup was honored by the three-disc box set Play It at Your Sister, which was released on the Sanctuary label. The limited-edition set covered the years 1976-1977, featuring all the tracks from the first two albums along with John Peel sessions and live material. It soon came time for the new lineup to issue its own album, which arrived in 2008 in the form of a slick, pop-influenced record titled So, Who's Paranoid? Extensive touring ensued, and in early 2015, with Sensible present, a documentary titled The Damned: Don't You Wish That You Were Dead premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Merrick, who had been performing in a Ramones tribute band, died later that year of cancer. ~ Ned Raggett
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Nasty

1. Nasty

2. Gun Fury

3. Ignite

4. Disco Man

5. Heaven Can Take Your Lies

6. Not Of This Earth

7. Shut It


Track List: The Captains Birthday Party - Live at the Roundhouse

1. You Take My Money (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

2. Creep (You Can't Fool Me) (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

3. Fan Club (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

4. Problem Child (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

5. So Messed Up (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

6. New Rose (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

7. Feel Alright (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)

8. Born to Kill (Live at the Roundhouse 1977)


Track List: Damned Damned Damned (Bonus Track Version)

1. Neat, Neat, Neat

2. Fan Club

3. I Fall

4. Born To Kill

5. Stab Your Back

6. Feel The Pain

7. New Rose

8. Fish

9. See Her Tonite

10. 1 Of The 2

11. So Messed Up

12. I Feel Alright

13. Help

14. Singalongascabies


Track List: So, Who's Paranoid?

1. A Nation Fit For Heroes

2. Under The Wheels

3. Dr. Woofenstein

4. Diamonds

5. Since I Met You

6. Danger To Yourself

7. Maid For Pleasure

8. Perfect Sunday

9. Nature's Dark Passion

10. Little Miss Disaster

11. Just Hangin'

12. Nothing

13. Dark Asteroid

14. Half Forgotten Memories

15. Aim To Please

16. Time


Track List: Tiki Nightmare - Live In London Part One

1. Street Of Dreams (Live)

2. Amen (Live)

3. Democracy? (Live)

4. Plan 9 Channel 7 (Live)

5. Song.Com (Live)

6. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

7. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

8. Would You Be So Hot (Live)

9. Disco Man (Live)

10. Under The Floor Again (Live)

11. Ignite (Live)


Track List: Tiki Nightmare - Live In London Part Two

1. She (Live)

2. Happy Talk (Live)

3. New Rose (Live)

4. Eloise (Live)

5. Smash It Up (Live)

6. Love Song (Live)


Track List: Another Live Album From The Damned

1. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

2. Disco Man (Live)

3. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

4. Perfect Sunday (Live)

5. Thrill Kill (Live)

6. Love Song (Live)

7. Neverland (Live)

8. Gun Fury (Live)

9. Eloise (Live)

10. Limit Club (Live)

11. Song.Com (Live)

12. New Rose (Live)

13. Fish (Live)

14. Bad Time For Bonzo (Live)

15. Shadow Of Love (Live)

16. Neat Neat Neat (Live)

17. Stretcher Case (Live)

18. Fan Club (Live)

19. Satisfy You (Live)

20. Thanks For The Night (Live)

21. Captain Sensible Medley Jam (Live)

22. Smash It Up (Live)


Track List: Friday 13th EP

1. Disco Man

2. Limit Club

3. Billy Bad Breaks

4. Citadel


Track List: The Black Album

Disc 1

1. Wait For The Blackout

2. Lively Arts (1980)

3. Silly Kid's Games (1980)

4. Drinking About My Baby

5. Twisted Nerve

6. Hit Or Miss

7. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

8. Sick Of This And That

9. History Of The World Part 1

10. 13th Floor Vendetta

11. Therapy

12. Curtain Call

Disc 2

1. Love Song (Live)

2. Second Time Around (Live)

3. Smash It Up Parts 1 & 2 (Live)

4. New Rose (Live) (1980)

5. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live) (1980)

6. Plan 9 Channel 7 (Live) (1980)

7. White Rabbit (7" Version)

8. Rabid (Over You)

9. Seagulls

10. History Of The World (Part 1)

11. I Believe The Impossible

12. Sugar & Spite

13. There Ain't No Sanity Clause

14. Looking At You (Live) (1980)

15. White Rabbit (Extended Version)


Track List: 35 Years Of Anarchy Chaos And Destruction - 35th Anniversary - Live In London

1. Neat Neat Neat (Live)

2. Fan Club (Live)

3. I Fall (Live)

4. Born To Kill (Live)

5. Feel The Pain (Live)

6. New Rose (Live)

7. Fish (Live)

8. See Her Tonite (Live)

9. Of The 2 (Live)

10. So Messed Up (Live)

11. I Feel Alright (Live)

12. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

13. Lively Arts

14. Silly Kid Games (Live)

15. Drinking About My Baby (Live)

16. Twisted Nerve (Live)

17. Hit Or Miss (Live)

18. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (Live)

19. Sick Of This And That (Live)

20. History Of The World (Live)

21. 13th Floor Vendetta (Live)

22. Therapy (Live)

23. Curtain Call (Live)

24. Disco Man (Live)

25. Love Song (Live)

26. Eloise (Live)

27. Anti Pope (Live)


Track List: Noise Noise Noise

Disc 1

3. Fan Club (Live)

6. New Rose (Live)

8. Born To Kill (Live)

Disc 2

1. Teenage Dream (Live)

5. Melody Lee (Live)

6. Born To Kill (Live)

8. Looking At You (Live)

Disc 3

1. I Fall (Live)

2. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

3. Plan 9 Channel 7 (Live)

4. Smash It Up (Live)

6. Looking At You (Live)

7. I Feel Alright (Live)

8. Love Song (Live)

10. New Rose (Live)

13. Melody Lee (Live)

Disc 4

6. Love Song (Live)

9. Looking At You (Live)

10. New Rose (Live)

Disc 5

1. See Her Tonite (Live)

2. Neat Neat Neat (Live)

3. Born To Kill (Live)

4. I Fall (Live)

5. Fan Club (Live)

6. Fish (Live)

7. Help (Live)

8. New Rose (Live)

9. I Feel Alright (Live)

10. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

11. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

12. Melody Lee (Live)

13. Noise Noise Noise (Live)

14. Love Song (Live)

15. Smash It Up (Live)

16. Looking At You (Live)

17. The Last Time (Live)


Track List: Neat Neat Neat - The Alternative Anthology

Disc 1

1. New Rose

2. Neat Neat Neat

3. Stab Your Back

4. Stretcher Case Baby

5. Sick Of Being Sick

6. Fan Club

7. Born To Kill

8. Feel The Pain

9. So Messed Up

10. I Feel Alright

11. Problem Child

12. You Take My Money

13. Don't Cry Wolf

14. One Way Love

15. Your Eyes

16. Politics

18. Alone

Disc 2

1. Ignite

2. Bad Time For Bonzo

3. Disguise

4. Under The Floor Again

5. Generals

6. Stranger On The Town

7. Gun Fury

8. Pleasure & The Pain

9. Disco Man

10. Lovely Money

11. I Think I'm Wonderful

12. Dozen Girls

13. Thanks For The Night

14. Take That

15. Take Me Away

16. Billy Bad Breaks

Disc 3

4. I Fall (Live)

7. Melody Lee (Live)

9. See Her Tonite (Live)

10. Fish (Live)

11. Help (Live)

12. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)


Track List: Punk Generation: Best Of The Damned - Oddities & Versions

1. Thanks For The Night

2. Nasty

3. Do The Blitz

4. Shut It (Alternate Version)

5. Testify (Alternate Version)

6. Stab Your Back (Alternate Version)

7. You Know

8. Idiot Box (Live)

9. Smash It Up (Live)

10. New Rose (Live)

11. Disco Man (Live)

12. Shadow Of Love (Live)

13. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

14. Grimly Fiendish (Live)

15. Lust For Life

16. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

17. Looking At You

18. Love Song (Alternate Version)

19. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Demo Version)


Track List: Smash It Up - The Anthology 1967-1987

Disc 1

1. New Rose

2. Help

3. Neat Neat Neat

4. See Her Tonite

5. Fan Club

6. I Fall

7. I Feel Alright

8. Feel The Pain

9. Stretcher Case

10. Problem Child

11. Don't Cry Wolf

12. Your Eyes

13. Creep (You Can't Fool Me)

14. Idiot Box

15. Love Song

18. Machine Gun Etiquette

19. Melody Lee

21. I Just Can't Be Happy Today

Disc 2

1. The History Of The World (Part 1)

2. Wait For The Blackout

3. Drinking About My Baby

4. Silly Kids Games

5. Curtain Call

6. Lovely Money

7. Dozen Girls

8. Life Goes On

9. Under The Floor Again

10. Generals

11. Grimly Fiendish

12. Eloise

13. Anything

14. In Dulce Decorum


Track List: Live Anthology

Disc 1

1. Fall (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

2. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

3. Plan 9 Channel 7 (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

4. Smash It Up (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

5. Drinking About My Baby (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

6. Looking At You (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

7. I Feel Alright (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

8. Love Song (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

9. Ballroom Blitz (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

10. New Rose (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

11. In A Rut (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

12. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

13. Melody Lee (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

14. Neat Neat Neat / New Rose (Live At The Lyceum, London, 12 July 1981)

15. Shakin All Over (Live At The Lyceum 1981)

Disc 2

1. Ignite (Live In Newcastle)

2. Disco Man (Live In Newcastle)

3. Generals (Live In Newcastle)

4. Bad Time For Bonzo (Live In Newcastle)

5. Dozen Girls (Live In Newcastle)

6. Love Song (Live In Newcastle)

7. Smash It Up, Pt. 1 (Live In Newcastle)

8. Smash It Up, Pt. 2 (Live In Newcastle)

9. Looking At You (Live In Newcastle)

10. New Rose (Live In Newcastle)

11. Teenage Dream (Live At The Moonlight Club, 1979)

12. Stretcher Case (Live At The Moonlight Club)

13. Ballroom Blitz (Live At The Moonlight Club)

14. Problem Child (Live At The Moonlight Club)

15. Melody Lee (Live At The Moonlight Club)

16. Born To Kill (Live At The Moonlight Club)

17. Suicide (Live At The Moonlight Club)

18. Looking At You (Live At The Moonlight Club, West Hampstead, April 1979)


Track List: Grave Disorder

1. Democracy?


3. Thrill Kill

4. She

5. Lookin For Action

6. Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren't Dead?)

7. Absinthe

8. Amen

9. Neverland

10. 'Til The End Of Time

11. Obscene

12. W

13. Beauty Of The Beast


Track List: Molten Lager

1. Testify

2. Shut It

3. Shadow To Fall

4. I Need A Life

5. Running Man

6. Not Of This Earth

7. Heaven Can Take Your Lies

8. My Desire

9. Never Could Believe

10. Love Song

11. Disco Man

12. Neat Neat Neat

13. Ignite

14. Gun Fury

15. I Must Be Mad

16. Nasty


Track List: Chaos Years: Rare & Unreleased 1977-1982

3. Thanks For The Night

4. Nasty

5. Do The Blitz

6. Stab Your Back (Live '77)

7. You Know (Live '77)

8. Idiot Box (Live '77)

9. Stranger On The Town (Live '82)

10. Happy Talk (Live '82)

11. Curtain Call (Live '82)

12. No Fun (Live '79)

13. Smash It Up (Bonus Track)


Track List: Fiendish Shadows

1. Curtain Call (Part 1)

2. Shadow Of Love

3. Wait For The Blackout (live)

4. Grimly Fiendish

5. Stranger On The Town

6. Is It A Dream

7. There'll Come A Day

8. Smash It Up

9. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (live)

10. Gun Fury (live)

11. Street Of Dreams

12. Lust For Life (live)

13. Love Song (live)

14. New Rose

15. Disco Man


Track List: The Damned Live

1. Intro 1-2 1

2. Love Song/ Machine Gun Etiquette

3. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

4. Anti-Pope (Live)

5. New Rose (Live)

6. I Fall (Live)

7. History Of The World (Part 1) (Live)

8. Looking At You (Live)

9. Noise, Noise, Noise (Live)

10. Magic Potion

11. Absinthe (Live)

12. Ignite (Live)

13. Eloise

14. Melody Lee (Live)

15. Neat, Neat, Neat (Live)

16. Jet Boy Jet Girl

17. Curtain Call

18. Would You Be So Hot


Track List: Final Damnation - The Damned Reunion Concert

1. See Her Tonite (Live)

2. Neat Neat Neat (Live)

3. Born to Kill (Live)

4. I Fall (Live)

5. Fan Club (Live)

6. Fish (Live)

7. Help (Live)

8. New Rose (Live)

9. I Feel Alright (Live)

10. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live)

11. Wait For The Blackout (Live)

12. Melody Lee (Live)

13. Noise Noise Noise (Live)

14. Love Song (Live)

15. Smash it Up (Live)

16. Looking At You (Live)

17. The Last Time (Live)


Track List: Anything (Extended Version) (Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Anything

2. Alone Again Or

3. The Portrait

4. Restless

5. In Dulce Decorum

6. Gigolo

7. The Girl Goes Down

8. Tightrope Walk

9. Psychomania

10. Eloise (Extravagant Mix)

11. Anything (Yet Another Mix)

12. Gigolo (12" Remix Version)

13. In Dulce Decorum (Dub)

Disc 2

15. Temptation

16. Beat Girl

18. The Year Of The Jackal


Track List: Phantasmagoria

1. Street Of Dreams

2. Shadow Of Love

3. There'll Come A Day

4. Sanctum Sanctorum

5. Is It A Dream

6. Grimly Fiendish

7. Edward The Bear

9. Trojans


Track List: Damned But Not Forgotten

1. Dozen Girls (Live In Newcastle)

2. Lovely Money

3. I Think I'm Wonderful

4. Disguise

5. Take That

6. Torture Me

7. Disco Man

8. Thanks For The Night

9. Take Me Away

10. Some Girls Are Ugly

11. Nice Cup Of Tea

12. Billy Bad Breaks


Track List: Live At Shepperton

1. Love Song (Live, 1980)

2. Second Time Around (Live, 1980)

3. I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Live, 1980)

4. Melody Lee (Live, 1980)

5. Help (Live, 1980)

6. Neat Neat Neat (Live, 1980)

7. Looking At You (Live, 1980)

8. Smash It Up Parts 1 & 2 (Live, 1980)

9. New Rose (Live, 1980)

10. Plan 9 Channel 7 (Live, 1980)


Track List: Strawberries - Deluxe Edition

1. Ignite

2. Generals

3. Stranger On The Town

4. Dozen Girls

5. The Dog

6. Gun Fury (Of Riot Forces)

7. Pleasure And The Pain

8. The Missing Link

9. Life Goes On

10. Bad Time For Bonzo

11. Under The Floor Again

12. Don't Bother Me

13. Lovely Money (Extended)

14. I Think I'm Wonderful

15. Take That

16. Mine's A Large One Landlord

17. Torture Me

18. Disguise

19. Rat Vs The Omni

20. Citadel Zombies

21. Bimbo Jingle


Track List: Machine Gun Etiquette


Track List: Damned Damned Damned

1. Neat, Neat, Neat

2. Fan Club

3. I Fall

4. Born To Kill

5. Stab Your Back

6. Feel The pain

7. New Rose

8. Fish

9. See Her Tonite

10. 1 Of The 2

11. So Messed Up

12. I Feel Alright


Track List: Music For Pleasure

1. Problem Child

2. Don't Cry Wolf

3. One Way Love

4. Politics

5. Stretcher Case

6. Idiot Box

7. You Take My Money

8. Alone

9. Your Eyes

10. Creep (You Can't Fool Me)

11. You Know (Feat. Lol Coxhill)

12. Sick Of Being Sick


Track List: Rock For You - The Damned

1. Testify

2. Shut It

3. Shadow To Fall

4. I Need A Life

5. Running Man

6. That Loving Feeling

7. Not Of This Earth

8. Heaven Can Take Your Lies

9. My Desire

10. Never Could Believe

11. Love Song

12. Disco Man

13. Neat Neat Neat

14. Ignite

15. Gun Fury

16. Nasty


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I introduced The Damned to my bestie after I was truly head over heels in love with them- their sound, vocals and image. Afterwards, I still look a bit goth. Loved most punk and alternative music. F. Y. I., if you are a bit sad, listen to the "History of the World". I am a die hard Damned fan!!!
You rock !!!!
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One of my favorite bands, what I don't like is that Dave always sings different live. Changing the tone and all ..every time I hear a live recording is the same .
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Baltimore.Ma y 9th.
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michaelrocks 6 8
Good song, democracy practiced strictly by the public servants is tyranny.

Therefore, Great Britain is still ball and chained in socialism just as all of south America actually is and ALL of the criminal Americans of the democratic party are!!!!!!!!
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Saw The Damned in Chicago in 1980 on their St. Valentines Day Massacre tour. Caught a drum stick from Rat Scabies that was marked Ratstix. Very Cool.
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Can do no wrong.
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F**k this reviewers opinion, Anything was a great album. F**k him in the hole.
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highroadpilo t
HALLOWEEN at Irving plaza, again!: I was a raunchy cop chick with a monster thug date,who had to be restrained.
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highroadpilo t
gimme some band banter! I'm an oft frustrated punk with a classic rock love partner, so nobody in my world can share Stranglers etc. Damned it!
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Well I'll be Damned
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Dance,f**ker , d a n c e

Your gonna go far kid
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Greatest band of all time!!!
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leatherbound 1
the Damned born to kill so epic. He's ugly but what the heck

Some girls are ugly too
He's ugly but what the heck

Some girls are ugly too
He's ugly but what the heck

Some girls are ugly too
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The writer left out two phenomenal albums "strawberrie s " & " D a m n e d But Not Forgotten. just sayin..oh single hit "Eloise". Anyone catch that?
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The Damned and Bad Brains in D.C., I was there.
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Actually the first what is now called punk album. Released 1 week before Pistols- Never mind the bullocks. In my opinion 100 % better and definetly more fun. For my money the Black album and Strawberries are still 3 of the best albums of any genre!!
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Damned live damned GOOD!
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Freaking Awesome Band. The forgotten punk band and so much fun to watch.
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The Damned takes me way back. As a teen, I loved driving around at night listening to these guys. Just the sound of Sensible's voice takes me back to those nights and the first taste of freedom to go where I pleased and listen to whom I pleased as loud as I pleased
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I wore out my Black Album in high school 83 and still listen to it to this day. These guys were GREAT.
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I crossed the road to dress ... er, cross dress.
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Not a Punk band, THE Punk band.
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Behind our American backs, he was playing with some evil toys.
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F**k yeah!

{My cat's named Eloise and she gets serenaded all the time}
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I have always liked Dave's hair
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Saw the Damned live in 1981 and they were awesome! Even managed to get a Rat Scabies drumstick and it was marked "RATSTIX".
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I don't like to cross dress.
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i like to cross dress!!!
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Easily the best of the 77-era punks. Their songs are still amazingly fresh and energetic to listen to thirty-odd years later, while some of their contemporari e s have aged less well. When I want to listen to punk, these guys are among the first I turn to.
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And I said Captain, see you later. Good Bye!
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Ya Rat Scabies
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...except Capt. Sensible who is, of course, a SELL OUT! ! !
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These guys are a great mix of rock, punk & goth. Good, fun music!
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roy.douglas9 7
old school,,,,,, , , snot noz dont get it try to over analyze but I see the ones that commented here get it nice its punk what do expect a message
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Where's their "Anything" album?!?!? Need to get that on Pandora...
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Dude's vocals remind me of Pigpen from the Grateful Dead.
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Damn it! I luv the damn band - what the hell is their name - The Damned!!!!
very under rated - but who cares - it's not monies - it's fame....
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Best band ever! One of the most under rated bands ever!
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awesome band
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the damned kick azz
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Why don't you have ANYTHING listed? That album is part of the soundtrack to my life. Alone Again Or.. Tightrope Walk.. etc...
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I got punished for having an album with a "cuss" word on it.
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I like these guy's. Mainly like they're earlier stuff better, but like everything they did. That is all... carry on!..
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Sanctum Sanctorum IS a great song! It's one of my favs by these guys.
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Sanctum Sanctorum is a great song
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Thank you.
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No Ballroom Blitz was written and recorded by Sweet.
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