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on 2 August 2009
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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on 10 September 2002
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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on 21 October 2013
This album has been on repeat countless times on my iPod and none of the songs have grown old at all.
I discovered The Damned only a few months ago after finding Eloise and falling in love with Dave Vanian's voice. Although this was after their punk ear in the 70's. Their new romantic songs with a slightly gothic hint to go with his deep vocals, their songs clash beautifully together from New Rose and Love Song to their anti war songs such as In Dulcea Decorum based on a Wilfred Owen poem which proves they have a very particular style in lyrics speaking their points of views meaning their a punk group that should have been better known since they came out just before Sex Pistols with God Save The Queen.
The band is still going today with their latest album in 2008 So Who's Paranoid? which I listened on YouTube, although with an uninteresting cover, their tracks reminisce on their earlier stuff, it'll be like they're still in the 80's, the greatest decade in my opinion for music.

Although I was a little disappointed the compilation didn't include Is It A Dream? which is one of their better songs with the strangest of lyrics such as 'stand in a line like a parking meter' & 'then, suddenly like fly in a cuppa tea, I'm stirred and no longer free, to fly away' which just made me an instant fan, they definitely stand out from most bands.
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on 5 July 2013
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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on 12 January 2009
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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on 23 August 2011
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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on 4 August 2012
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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on 30 December 2013
I never really bothered with the Damned at the time, I was into other punk bands, but they were really good
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on 10 October 2014
Needed this to replace my vinyl as accidentally smashed it up! Got all of what you need really!
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on 5 December 2014
A fantastic album at a good price from one of the best punk bands ever
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