on 5 October 2011
Glad to see all these tracks on one disc. This provides a master class in how to create the perfect single. All of the A sides here should have been huge hits. Inventive , creative and imaginative but also great fun I have fond memories of listening to the vinyl versions of all of these. How wonderful as well to have the full "Friday The 13th" ep available on cd again. "Limit Club" is a stone cold classic. One of the greatest periods from one of the greatest bands.If you don't own a Damned album this would be the ideal place to start.
on 27 October 2011
The Damned - The Chiswick Singles... And Another Thing (Ace)
The Damned were only signed to Chiswick Records for a couple of years, but it was a successful collaboration, resulting in two albums, the exceptional "Machine Gun Etiquette" and the ambitious but flawed punk-prog epic, "The Black Album". The singles from the period, collected here (with extras) show a band more than willing to experiment, and a group of individuals all mixing different influences into the pot.
Kicking off with their Chiswick debut "Love Song", who can forget the manic pop thrill of Algy Ward's planet rumbling bass intro as first witnessed on Top Of The Pops (circa 1979), as Dave Vanian distorts and disfigures the traditional love song into something brilliantly perverse and intentionally hilarious. Typical line: "I'll be the rubbish, you'll be the bin". "Smash It Up" (banned by the Beeb, of course) encouraged just that, "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and "The History Of The World (Pt 1)" indicated they were at their pop songwriting peak, and "There Ain't No Sanity Clause" is simply the best punk Christmas song ever.
The b-sides throw up some long mislaid gems. "Noise Noise Noise" is fabulously rough `n' ready, but instantly loveable. Their cover of The Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" unmistakably features Lemmy on bass and not forgetting the just plain brilliant "Rabid Over You". Add to those many delights the CD debut of the complete "Friday The 13th" EP, and you've another fantastic and essential Damned release from Ace. Well-done chaps!
on 5 November 2011
Finally a complete release with all the different versions plus, the cherry on the cake, the complete Friday The Thirteenth EP. At last the vocal version of Billy Bad Breaks, the fabulous Limit Club and the Mick Jagger cover Citadel. Me and my 3 year old daughter Alice have been bouncing around the room instead of doing anything useful. Bliss.
on 10 November 2012
...and if you've ever idly read the scratchings etched into the vinyls, then you'll know what I mean! If, by some benighted chance, you have not had your ears opened to this band previously, then this is a good place to start. What persuaded me to shell out my cash in these hard economic times was the ....And another thing element. As noted by another contributor, 'I'm so bored' is mysteriously lacking, but on the plus side it does include the 'fiddling about' version of Antipope (with some echoes of 'Flowers of Romance'to my ears) which I nearly bought as a hard-up student back in the early eighties but never did, "Over the top" by Motordamn (which prefigures the later 'Vision Thing' by the Sisters of Mercy in its riff - or is it just me? Listen for yourself and decide), and best of all the Friday 13th EP with its estimable version of Citadel by the Rolling Stones.
I'm not sure quite why, but the clarity of the Captain's contribution to 'The History of the World (Part 1)' appears to have been captured here rather more clearly than on the other released 'single' version that I have on 'The Black Album'.
As it says in the blurb on the label, "Definitely not Punk Rock ordinaire."