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The Damned

The Damned: Damned Damned DamnedDamned Damned Damned (1977)
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This is the first Damned album, and is as classic as the first Clash or Sex Pistols LPs. It holds up just as well too. To mainstream audiences they were not taken with the same seriousness as some "more respected" punk bands of 1977. The reason might have been that the Damned were unaffected enoug.
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This is the first Damned album, and is as classic as the first Clash or Sex Pistols LPs. It holds up just as well too. To mainstream audiences they were not taken with the same seriousness as some "more respected" punk bands of 1977. The reason might have been that the Damned were unaffected enough to show their sense of humor. Given the power on display all the way through, this had great songs and not a mediocre track on it.

"Damned Damned Damned," along with having one of the coolest album covers of all time, is also bundled with Brian James' best work. Captain Sensible claimed that "after the second album I thought that Brian must have stolen all of the songs and killed whoever wrote them, because he never wrote anything that great again. Not even close." The energy is astonishing

The lyrics are funny, the music is fast and vehement, with impressive playing by all members. The Captain was extraordinarily melodic, James went between rhythm lead parts like a champ and Dave Vanian used a vocal style that stood apart from the rest of the '70s punk rock groups.

If you consider yourself part of the punk scene, this record needs to at least be heard. If you're getting into the Damned, this definitely should be your starting point. Because this is undoubtedly a great introduction to one of the truly great and often overlooked groups of the '70s punk era, or any era for that matter.

 

 
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Rodeo (August 8, 2012)

This is a 5-star album.

misterspike (August 6, 2012)

Bigger fan of MEG as well ... but "New Rose" > Everything else by the Damned.

greg0rb (August 3, 2012)

Agree with Punker77 regarding Neat Neat Neat. One of my favorite tracks of the era by ANY band.

johngentile (August 3, 2012)

Phenomenal album. Let's go-

1. Black album
2. Machine Gun
3. strawberries
4. Damned damned damned
5. phantasmagoria (very under rated, i say)
6. music for pleasure
7. so who's paranoid
8. and so on... eh...

77Punker (August 3, 2012)

I agree with Echos, not quite as good as Machine Gun Etiquitte, but one that everyone should still own. New Rose & Neat Neat Neat are punk rock classics.

NattyBoh (August 3, 2012)

2 thumbs up! not on par with the Clash or Pistols... in my opinion.. but def a good one.

ramblinboyofpleasure (August 3, 2012)

They never said they had any new albums coming out when I saw them last month.

waffleIron (August 3, 2012)

Great album. Thats all that need to be said.

kidgotham (August 3, 2012)

This is a five star record, if there ever has been one.

FromAbove (August 3, 2012)

This album deserves a wall-of-text-review. Classic

EchosMyron (August 3, 2012)

Lame, unhelpful review. Also, Machine Gun Etiquette is far stronger than this one, and is the real starting point for newcomers.

MN_DrNick (August 3, 2012)

One of the best/essential punk albums ever made.

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