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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 !