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Forget about etiquette.................,
This review is from: Machine Gun Etiquette (Audio CD)
After the somewhat dubious 'Music for Pleasure' and the subsequent split up I thought that was it for The Damned and was also concerned when I heard they had reformed with the Captain on guitar. Couldn't have been more wrong! What an album this is, full of power and the sort of lunacy only the Damned can do - just listen to 'Melody Lee'! On first listening I thought hmmmm, this is going to be some sort of surreal love type song and was totally unprepared for the chaos that then ensued. From 'Love Song' (what an opening line - 'Ladies & Gentlemen, how do') right through to 'Smash It Up' there is no real let up. They even make being 'nibbled to death by an Okapi' sound a pleasant experience? Perhaps it is? Even if you do not like 'punk' this is still considered to be an essential album and what makes it extra special is you get the feeling that they are thoroughly enjoying themselves and the lack of bile so prevalent where some of their contemporaries were concerned is absent. I've never tired of this album and reckon it has stood the test of time very well indeed, it's a clever juxtaposition of punk, glam and metal all rolled into one with perhaps just a hint of goth that came to the surface more on 'Phantasmagoria'. Whilst their first album remains my favourite it does not get played as much as this. I've often put this down to the new maturity of Dave Vanian's vocals. Enough said!
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2015 17:26:00 GMT
Liked the review, you've caught the spirit and energy of this release. Really good album.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2015 14:06:40 GMT
Possum Pie says:
Thankyou, seems my aim was achieved. Hope you enjoy this album as much as I do? Kind regards....
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