what a great album! i love the classic punk bands of the 70s and early 80s, Pistols, Clash, Jam, Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Undertones etc but special word should go to the Damned for this masterpiece. In my view its better than Never Mind the Bollocks, on par with The Clash and the best of the Damned's recorded output. i must admit to always prefering the first lineup of the group with guitar hero Brian James' songs and riffs at the forefront. here you have the classic New Rose, the fantastic bass driven Neat Neat Neat. But the real jems are the ones not so familiar. Fan Club is full of classic chord changes, Feel the Pain is almost funk punk in the way the guitars jam towards the end and the only song here i would even contemplate skipping is Rat Scabies's (he drums very well by the way) Smash Your Back which could have been done by Sham 69. I've read one review of this album which says it lacks tunes but i think the guy who wrote that must have had Emerson Lake and Palmer on at the time. Buy it now - its still as exciting 50 listens later.
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