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Smash It Up: the Anthology 1976-1987
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on 22 June 2017
All their hits & a great way to start
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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 26 August 2016
damned good
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on 14 June 2017
a classic
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on 10 June 2017
Great
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on 2 May 2017
Great transaction and a great cd!!
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on 8 September 2017
Great selection of the bands best work over 2 discs. Smash it up is a favourite!
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on 18 July 2017
Excellent CD from great band
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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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