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Smash It Up: the Anthology 1976-1987 [Box set, Double CD]

Damned Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005V4US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 21 tracks on this disc
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
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description


Smash It Up revisits the decade-long career of the Damned, who famously hitched a ride on the early Sex Pistols bandwagon and then beat them to releasing the first UK punk single, a crazed little beat ditty called "New Rose", in November 1976. Based visually around Dave Vanian's (aka Dave Letts) proto-goth vampire trappings and Captain Sensible's (aka Ray Burns) tutu-wearing wackiness, and musically around Rat Scabies's (aka Chris Miller) Keith Moon-like drum mania and Brian James's (aka Brian Robertson) high-speed thrash guitar, they followed up with the even better "Neat Neat Neat", a punk high point. Artistically, it was also The Damned's, as James left, Sensible moved to guitar, and they embarked upon a career of pub-metal anthems and cabaret punk nostalgia. The critics ignored them, but the hits kept on coming, including "Love Song", "Smash It Up" and their biggest, a ludicrous cover of the Paul and Barry Ryan's 1960s MOR hit "Eloise", which reached No. 3 in January 1986. They spilt the following year, leaving behind a legacy of making a little go a long, long way, the salient parts of which are all included on this two-CD, 35-track set. --Garry Mulholland

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good Stuff! 10 Sep 2002
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This is the Damned album that all fans should have especially if they are more into the old styles of Punk with more resmblance to that of The Clash and Sham 69 to name a couple, which is definitley more to my liking. With great songs like New Rose,Smash it up, Neat Neat Neat and Love Song that break through into your head like a demon that just won't go away.Great guitar work and vocals that help echo the words "Pure Punk" and it is nothing less...The Damned hepled bring Classic Punk kicking and screaming into many peoples lives, and this double Cd covering probably the best years of this fantastic band is a definite Must Buy for the "Punk Obsessed".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive... 12 Jan 2009
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As already mentioned, if you have to buy one Damned album, this is the one you want. It covers the group's portfolio as well as any one work can from the primitive New Rose thrash to the wonderfully camp Eloise. As the sleeve notes say, it's hard to credit that these two tracks come from the same band which makes the collection all the more important.

There are a couple of ditties that I'd never heard of, including In Dulce Decorum and Curtain Call and I feel much better person for having heard them. There is also one surprising ommission - I Think I'm Wonderful - a track that I reckon sums up the group better than any other they ever did - better even than Smash It Up itself. So I downloaded that one track from Amazon MP3 downloads and added it to the album myself.

Go Get 'Em Floyd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Damned. 2 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
From the spoken opening "is she really going out with him?" by Dave Vanian folowed by Rat Scabies crashing drums on "New Rose" to the later Gothic/ Psychedelic era, this album is a rollercoaster of speed,fun, noise and tunes.
The Damned were always the real deal in the Punk era and though less political than others their more U.S imfluenced sound stands up well. The Stooges, MC5 and Ramones are clear influences as is older '60's garage music such as the Sonics and tunes like "Surfin' Bird". The Damned were never afraid of a chaotic, fast paced attack in their music !
In '79 they re-formed with Captain Sensible switching to guitar and had a top 20 hit with Love Song and sucess with "Smash it up" (banned by radio 1 !) and "I just can't be happy today". The epic "Curtian Call" shows the breadth of their talent with other highlights being "Wait for the Blackout" and "Street of Dreams" imo.
A great place to start with The Damned. But don't forget the classic "Machine Gun Etiquette" , "Black Album" very underrated "Strawberries" and gothic "Phantasmagoria". There are hidden gems worth down loading and go on recommendations as most Damned fans agree on their highlights. Enjoy !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on......... 5 July 2013
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If like me you have/had all of the Damned's albums on vinyl and simply could not be bothered to replace them all (except of course the 1st) with CD's then look no further. Only one gripe though, why include the over long 'Curtain Call' when the Damned have such a back catalogue to choose from? That said it is a very good example of how much the Damned changed throughout the period covered by these CD's. Notwithstanding this it could and should have been replaced by up to 5 other songs which would also have earned it 5 stars. Still worth every penny though so buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Damned! 4 Aug 2012
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A double CD of The Damned hits. A great listen, especially if you like The Damned! What more can I say?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 23 Aug 2011
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If you like The Damned then this is a must to replace your old albums. Covers a long period of line-up changes and different styles.

Great stuff!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Pleased with purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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excellent many thanks
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