Music For Pleasure Original recording remastered
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I think the the "music for pleasure" lp sounds so much in your face, and much more american (MC5) if you like, than there other albums. The lyrics seem more personel. No relay, I think music for pleasure is the Damneds best album.
The addition of a 2nd guitarist didn't really much of a difference but Rat Scabies seems to be on over drive here with some excellent drumming. Stand out songs are Problem Child, Stretcher Case, Your Eyes and the outstanding yet slight incongruous track You Know
Influences from MC5 and The Stooges but the Damned hallmark all over it - buy it, it is a great album
I had anticipated the release of `Music for Pleasure' and after purchasing it on the day of its release, I rushed home to play it, for it contained many of the songs familiar to me in the band's live set. By the time I had reached halfway through side two, a growing feeling of gloom and disappointment had crept over me. I never had high expectations from The Damned. All I requested from them was that they turn it up, play it fast and keep it short, but what I experienced here was evidence of some kind of `muso' conspiracy - I was not a-muse-d. But then something happened!
As the final chord of the penultimate song `Creep (you can't fool me)' resonated from the speakers, a curious thing happened - something strange and not normally assimilated with punk occurred. Out of the dying chord, a riff emerged that levitated above the ambience. For the next five minutes we find ourselves in un-chartered waters. The riff is manic, demented even, and as Vanian episodically yells: `You Know' a demonic sax - played by Lol Coxhill, vents its spleen in a Nik Turner-ish kinda-way, somehow finding the spaces in between Brian James' thick, layered dementia. I was hooked!
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The first album (Damned Damned Damned) was the 'cool' one, bought by the truckload (relatively speaking) by idiots grabbing at the coattails of punk wanting to look cool, shedding their flares and their Tubular Bells for a 3-month flirtation with the New Music. By the time this album came out punk had cooled, Pink Floyd's drummer was at the knobs (way uncooler than Nick Lowe), the record just sounded somehow cleaner, more mature - less Damned, a second guitarist had been drafted in, a jazz saxist was guesting, and the band were on the verge of falling apart.
The record was doomed. Nobody bought it.
Except for me. For this 17 year-old kid, this was *THE* record that summed up how 1976 had progressed and matured into brave new 1977. The blood and thunder and fuzztone onslaught of Damned Damned Damned had been replaced by a sound which, 25 years on, has aged far more gracefully. The material is uniformly excellent, from Problem Child ('when you get home, your Daddy's gonna tan your hide') through Idiot Box (a savage and musically brilliant attack on the poncy 'art' of NY noowavers Television - 'Tom Verlaine you may be art but you sure aint rock and roll'), and culminating in the ending of You Know, with Lol Coxhill's sax bleating multi-tracked over a gentle fade-out. And a beautifully circular ending to the second album, closing with a piece more like Funhouse to the first album's 1970. May as well wear your influences on your sleeve. Thanks Jim.
This record isnt as immediate as the first. Stick with it, it will reward you - I've played the vinyl version regularly for 25 years. It's bloody brilliant.
Trust me, buy this record.
It's not that bad really though, it was just put together too quickly due to record company pressures according to band stories. They had brought in a second guitarist (Lu Edmonds), and tried to get enough songs together for an album...and then it all went ahead at full steam, and the end result was this.
There are some good songs here though. 'Problem Child' and 'Don't Cry Wolf' are great songs, but then it all gets a bit mediochre after that. 'Stretcher Case' is also another good one.
There are bonus tracks on the CD, but they aren't great Damned songs either. Oh what the hell, go out and buy it - it's the Damned after all, isn't it?
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