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Celebrated as being the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the very first British band to release a punk single (their mighty debut New Rose, released on 22nd October 1976) and quickly gained a reputation as the band that would always deliver an accomplished live set, ever since they started playing live in tiny punk clubs that same year.
Always unforgettable, The Damned continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality. Original members David Vanian and Captain Sensible never expected to still be doing it 40 years later, but here they are – as their loyal following will attest, all simply because they are still an incredible live band who sound as fresh and exciting as they did way back in 1976.
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The new album from The Damned on either MP3 or FLAC download.
The new album from The Damned on signed CD.
£10 + P&P.
The new album on heavyweight LP. This product is not signed by The Damned.
£25 + P&P.
A brand new t-shirt based on the artwork of the new album. Available in sizes S-XXL.
£20 + P&P.
BMG proudly present this limited edition set comprising 5 × 7″ vinyl singles including the famed first ever punk single ‘New Rose’ and all the other early hits from the impressively chaotic punk quartet. All singles have been recreated with their original artwork, including the ultra-rare, previously fan club only ‘Stretcher Case Baby’. These are all packed in a superb box, collaged with original press cuttings from back in the day. Also included is a Damned embroidered patch, exclusive to this boxset.
It was the summer of 1976 when Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible recruited guitarist and songwriter Brian James, they played their first gig supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and quickly signed to Stiff Records and began writing the very first chapter of the punk rock history books.
Their debut 7” – New Rose – was written by Brian James and backed by a proto-thrash metal version of The Beatles’ Help. It was recorded by Stiff’s in-house producer, Nick Lowe and set the punk dream alight at exactly 9.00am when record shops opened for business on 22 October 1976, stealing a march on the Pistols by becoming what is widely acknowledged as the very first punk record ever released.
The band really came into their own with their second single – Neat Neat Neat – which had two cuts on the B-side, Stab Yor Back and Singalongascabies. Produced, like New Rose, by Nick Lowe, the vinyl had a message from one band member scratched in the run-out groove: “this is your captain speaking…” So what were Captain Sensible’s favourite acts on Stiff, one journalist asked him in 2007? “I wasn’t interested!” he insists. “It was mainly pub rock in the early days, which we despised and sneered at in our young and snotty way…”
After a special 7” – Stretcher Case Baby – cut to give away at gigs celebrating the band’s first anniversary, they went back into the studio, this time with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason at the controls. Third single Problem Child was written by Brian James with Rat Scabies and featured new recruit Lu Edmonds on guitar. An incendiary two minutes of the band in their prime, it failed to crack the UK top 40 but did make number 27 in NME’s alternative singles chart.
By the end of 1977, the Damned were ready to part with Stiff, just as Brian James and Lu Edmonds were ready to part with The Damned. Their last single was Don’t Cry Wolf, backed with another Nick Mason-produced track, One Way Love.
1. New Rose
1. Neat Neat Neat
2. Stab Your Back
3. Singalonga Scabies
1. Problem Child
2. You Take My Money
1. Don’t Cry Wolf
2. One Way Love
1. Stretcher Case Baby
2. Sick Of Being Sick
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Release date 26th January 2018
£11 + P&P
28 page booklet
Featuring fully remastered audio & new sleevenotes recalling the story of the band’s conception and the album’s creation. Comprehensively researched and written by legendary punk writer John Ingham, these new sleevenotes cover in-depth the story of the album & the period in which it was written & recorded, the key players in its creation, the craft and instrumentation, the impact upon release and its legacy 40 years later.
Exclusive limited edition custom Spaun snare drum commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Damned. Comes with signed certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 40 snare drums worldwide.
Each purchase will also allow the customer 2 x Guest Tickets to any The Damned headline concert of their choosing worldwide in 2017 (excludes ALL festival appearances), along with exclusive Meet & Greet and option to get the drum signed by the band.
Priced in GBP to equal approx $500 + shipping.