"I'll make my girl scream! I'll be her love machine!" screams Dave halfway through "Anything". In the history of Damned lyrics (discounting the abysmal Jack and the Beanstalk lp), these have got to be the greatest departure from what The Damned is all about. For me "Anything" is like your football teams new shirt. You don't like the colour or design, in fact you don't even know who the logo on the front represents, yet you fork out £60 for it anyway.Wearing it with pride. The Damned were (and still are) OUR TEAM! We were just so glad that they were finally getting some recognition and well deserved cash at last. Ironic that their biggest commercial successes were without the Captain and with possibly their worst two albums. But I went out and bought every single,LP, 12" and mix available. I'm also old enough to remember the tour and all the merchandise that went with it. Did I buy all that too? Of course I did.
How many tracks from the Phantasmagoria and Anything era do the current line up include in their set these days? Not many I reckon. Shadow of love, Street of dreams and Eloise are all that come to mind though I haven't seen them for a while.
Anything and Psychomania are great footstomping tunes but to be honest the rest of the album reeks of a band running short of ideas and as the sleeve notes record, in way too much of a hurry. Recent track like "Little Miss Disaster" and "Diamonds" from the "So, who's paranoid" album leave Anything in the shade and it's depressing to think that they'll never meet the mainstream ears they so deserve like The Damned did back in 1987 with a huge major label behind them.
The most underrated, under achieving band of all time? Possibly. One of the best? Definately. Not sure? Try "Damned, Damned, Damned", "Machine gun etiquette", The Black album" or "Strawberries" and decide for yourself.