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Damned Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000063VAF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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BBC Review

Currently (unfairly) regarded as either cartoon punks or proto-Goths (due to their lead singer’s preference for dressing like Dracula), The Damned were, for a short while in 1976, well ahead of the game. Formed from the ashes of South London’s Masters Of The Backside, these weren’t just snotty teens with attitude, but taste-makers supreme.

Their appearance on the nascent Stiff label joined the dots between punk’s older brother: pub rock and the younger, hipper crowd. In fact, not only did they use ex-Brinsley Schwartz bass player Nick Lowe as house producer, but the label erroneously printed a picture of Eddie And The Hot Rods on the rear! Rarely straying over three minutes, each track featured the hammering toms of Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible’s bass-as-guitar propelling Brian James’ exhilarating machine gun axe into your living room. If Dave Vanian’s frequently flat delivery sounded distinctly laissez faire then it all added to the thrill of a band bent on acts of auto-destruction.

The key moment has to be Vanian’s sarcastic lampooning of the Shangri-Las in his ‘Is she really going out with him?’ intro to “New Rose”. This was a band who wanted to exercise generation terrorism despite the fact that they’d fused their love of early Stooges, MC5 and other garage rejects like the Godz and the Count Five into witty, brief bursts of anti-pop that belied their crass iconoclasm. Brian James’ songs somehow encapsulated the thrill and nihilism of youth (“I Feel Alright”, “Neat Neat Neat”, “I Fall”) while Rat Scabies’ one contribution injected a fine sense of nasty humour as well (“Stab Your Back”).

The album highlights a number of ‘firsts’. The first UK punk single (“New Rose”), the first punk band to land a major tour (supporting Marc Bolan who, as an early adopter also featured them on his TV show – another first!) and, of course, the first proper punk long player (easily a year before the Pistols). Following this Captain Sensible’s desire to have maverick Pink Floyd casualty, Syd Barrett, as their next producer (leading to, of all people, their drummer, Nick Mason, stepping in) led to irreconcilable rifts that saw James’ depart and momentum lost. But for a brief spell in 1976, The Damned were world leaders. --Chris Jones

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first and the best! 8 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
i came by this album as a 14 year old in 1979, it blew my socks off then and it still does now , this album came out 4 to 5 months before the debuts of the clash, the jam, and the stranglers and nearly 10 months before the pistols commited to vinyl, this album ranks alongside the who`s my generation as a blistering debut with a take no prisoners attitude, brian james brilliantly crafted songs and unlike a lot of punk bands, no reggae, no politics, just adrenalised rock n roll, this 3 disc has the original album remasterd, disc 2 demos b sides and peel sessions/in concert. disc 3 is a ragged recording of their 1st gig at the 100 club in front of a small stunned audience, dont mess about this belongs in your collection . get it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Album of the Punk Era 19 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
From the first bass riff on Neat Neat Neat to the explosion of sound at the end of I Feel Alright there can be no doubt that you are listening to the finest album of the punk era.

Although well known for being the first Punk group to release any record, in the form of the New Rose single, the Damned had so much more to offer. They were, and still are, essentially a live band with boundless energy. This album manages to capture all the raw energy of an early live show. With minimal frills and overdubs this album serves as the perfect document of it's time. That said it doesn't actually sound dated even 30 years later.

If you want to know where band like Greenday got their inspiration from look no further than Damned Damned Damned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damned United 26 Feb 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Damned's undirected blast of energy screamed the virtues of mindlessness and paradoxically provided belief. Rumbling into view in 77, indecipherable lyrics, intense guitar energy, burning a deep hole in any 16 year old groove. A gang of special Bash St kids, dosed on dexies, handed a road map for personal anarchy. Or was that us?

The Dammed were hated by the press, too unruly, with nothing to say about the states of the world. All they communicated was a state of mind. Nihilism induced by a high energy sugar rush. The constant gigging brought their virus to the backwaters and so they infected the shires beyond the London shrines; Vortex, 100 Club, Hope and Anchor, Marquee.

Incorporating Stooges, bits of Stones, a large slice of Pistols, Ramones, MC5 and of course themselves. First wave was always more aware of the outside musical world. Only aferwards the corridors became narrower and narrower.

For the firstly annnoited before it all became formula, the Damned were catalysts for something new; kicking open doors, ushering in a period of intensity, blinding flares exploding into a deserted musical sky, the signal for change. These tracks, album and demos; are the starting pistol for change rather than the Sex Pistols quivering anger.This did not make the foundations of everything held dear shiver and shake.

Providing a space for like minded to meet each other in pre facebook times; swop addresses, sleep on floors, exchange body fluids, memories, beers and anything else illicit. Across the UK and Europe a friendly damned fan equals a night of excess.

Just remember, people still clung onto other forms of music whilst punk swept the nation, sad, very sad. What do they tell their kids?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early British punk gem 8 Oct 2007
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's funny how the passage of time changes perceptions. During punk rock's brief blaze in the late 1970s, The Damned were, well, damned in the music press as of no worth in any department, had no major hits and seemed to have little public support. After two albums they broke up and, though they reformed, they did so without main songwriter, Brian James. For years now, they seem to have enjoyed a fond remembrance, and fans are quick to praise this debut effort.
I bought this about a year after release, having heard the two exciting singles, 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'New Rose.' Despite being produced by Nick Lowe, who quickly realised the band's musical shortcomings, the record looked and sounded cheap and nasty. It also weighed in at a mere half hour, like most punk albums. Nevertheless, 'Damned Damned Damned' is explosive, exciting and the tracks are remarkably catchy. Only the grisly 'Feel The Pain' is slow. The tactic is otherwise all-out attack, James propelling an inferno of sound from his guitar.
I'm almost tempted to give this full marks, but the band's musical deficiencies, together with some shallow lyrics, prevent me from doing so. It's a high-energy, high-enjoyment album, but 'Stab Yor Back,' for instance, is even too moronic for The Ramones. A minor punk milestone, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic from 1977 27 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Damned were right at the cutting edge of UK punk in 1977, and to 16 year olds just getting into the music, this album was one of the classics. I'd never heard any US punk like Iggy or MC5, but now looking back you can tell what Brian James must have liked. The original and best Damned line up. This album is the Damned's best to, it's so raw. I used to go to a pub where New Rose got put on the juke box. In the end they took it off, as too many people kept coming in and putting it on over and over again. You've got to remember punk really hadn't caught on, particularly in the provinces. Hell, people still wore flares in my town in 1977. One of UK punks seminal moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is just a brilliant box set I highly recommend it.
Published 4 days ago by Mr. S. Rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars Box Set with a box!!!
What a cracking box-set this is! And, unusually, there's really a box!! Four CD's, two books, one in hardback, a poster, even badges. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wobberoo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal UK Punk Album
If I try to cast my mind back to those dim and distant (and, of course, heady) days of 1976/7 and the emergence of the UK punk scene, there are (I think) a number of contenders for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory
I have a best of Damned CD that i've had for years, it's OK and because of that i didn't buy any others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by snodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Damned Good Buy For the Fans
Despite having a lot of the cd material already on the Stiff Years Anthology I bought this primarily for the live cd and the interview discs both of which will be of interest to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by PG Stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying yet again!
So I have a lot of history with this amazing recording. I bought it on vinyl 3 times and I think this is the 4th time I have purchased it on CD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scott K. Tisch
5.0 out of 5 stars always a p[leasure to be DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED
well, what can i say, over the past 15 years or so they have re packaged this classic album a few times most recently back in 2005 with the great play... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Edward J. mccarthy Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars None of the reviews on here are for this item
No reviews on here so far for this actual item and this is no different. As i have already bought the album itself 6 times already (every 5 or so years a new version appears with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by W. Musson
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of punk! A must buy.
Originally bought this on vinyl after seeing them live in the hey day of punk - 1977. Can't believe it is so long ago! Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by Possum Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Damned excellent debut
This debut record is vintage punk but the performances recorded here all capture the raw energy of the band live who were excellent then and still seem to be,going by... Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Ken Raus
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