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?
This CD package incorporates the first incarceration with Brian James' bending guitar shapes. The second album, produced by Nick "Ferrari" Mason, generally perceived as naff, a relic for the hardcore fan had some highlights. MFP, misnamed, as it was never a treat is generally as bad as it ever was. The Damned embraced Prog. They misjudged the barometer, lost their fans and broke into pieces.
This wraps the speed rush of the 1st with a cull of the best of the 2nd; stretcher case, problem child, don't cry wolf. The other bits are demos but the groove was already cut into the debut.
The 3CD's are historical documents but they don't beat the battered vinyl copy of the 30 year old album.