So back in October I did a quick little “Music Milestone” for the debut single by The Damned with “New Rose”; it’s an amazing tune and one that had held up over the years. You can review that summary on THIS LINK in case you haven’t seen it yet. I decided to do this because I was all amped up about seeing the band in concert for the very first time. Yeah it happens and you cannot always see everyone. I was just glad that I got the chance – AND I went to both shows so was feeling double special about the experience. All of that leads us to today where the bands official debut album “Damned, Damned, Damned” has reached its own 40th Anniversary. In 1977 I was far too young to be listening to this sort of stuff and I would get into some of what the band was doing during my high school years. The interesting thing about my own exposure was that I would first hear a song called “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” which was a cover by another artist and then slowly make my way into “Machine Gun Etiquette” and then onto this particular debut release. So, I cannot really speak about its overall impact on me other than sharing what I liked about it so here goes nothing. Continue reading “Damned Damned Damned” by The Damned: A Debut @ 4 Decades (1977-2017)→
The Damned are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year and as we are close to the exact day when their debut album was released, I am sharing the news about a special edition CD and LP coming our way along with news about their return to stateside touring. Please check out the press release that I received along with the poster and dates. I’ll chime in with some editorial opinion at the close which you’ll want to see as well. Enjoy.
The Press Release:
The Damned(Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Pinch, and Stu West) will be heading into the studio this winter to record a brand new album, their first since 2008's 'So, Who's Paranoid?', for release in 2017, with a pre-order link for the CD, colored vinyl, as well as exclusive merch (and experiences) available at PledgeMusic (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-damned-new-album ). The band have also confirmed a full North American tour, beginning April 6th in Los Angeles.
Cited as one of the most influential punk groups of all time, The Damned contributed vastly to the gothic rock genre and influenced an entire generation of future hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains, with their fast paced energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they helped spearhead the punk movement in the UK. Now, four decades and ten albums later and still on the road, they 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. The band's hugely influential classic debut single, 'New Rose', celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, is being celebrated with a limited edition 7” anniversary release on November 4th via BMG. Featuring original artwork, picture disc and exclusive fold out poster, it's a must have collectable release of one of the most influential records of all time. Stay tuned for forthcoming album details .
The Tour Dates:
April 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
April 7 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
April 9 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
April 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
April 14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 15 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
April 16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
April 18 – Salt Lake City, U – The Depot
April 19 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
April 21 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall
April 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
April 23 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
April 24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
April 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Ctr.
April 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
April 28 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
April 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
April 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre May 2 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda postponed due to artist injury May 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club postponed due to artist injury May 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw postponed due to artist injury
May 6 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
May 9 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade/Heaven
May 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
May 13 – St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater
May 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 17 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
May 18 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
May 19 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outdoors
May 21- Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
May 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (rescheduled date from above, all tickets honored)
May 24 – Boston, MA – Paradise (rescheduled date from above, all tickets honored)
May 25 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda (rescheduled date from above, all tickets honored)
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve loved quite a bit of the output by The Damned over the years and thanks to the wayback listening sessions of old that I used to do with likeminded friends, got to hear their classics in the early 80’s. I was not really listening to anything like this before that time but I did my best to make up for it. Having seen the pair of shows that were done in NYC last year I can only stress that you readers attend this tour if its coming close to your place of residence. It’s really solid and super comprehensive. You can read an in-depth Concert Review by our own Buncheman by clicking on THIS LINK. I took the photos in the narrative and it was so much fun shooting the legendary band in my hometown. I’m not sure I will be able to get to the show happening in my region (the Brooklyn one) but if I do you can count on an overview right here on the website. I’d also love to get my hands on a copy of the single for “New Rose”, as that is what started it all for the band. You know we did a Music Milestone piece about the single which you can examine on THIS LINK and be rest assured that when the actual anniversary for the debut comes to pass, a similar posting will be done in that section. Why not right? Okay so what do you readers think about this new re-issue notes and the upcoming dates? Will you be hitting one of the shows (I sure hope you said yes since this is a legendary time for the as legendary band). Fill me in down in the comments section below. Ciao for now.
The Damned were in NYC for two nights celebrating their 40th Anniversary and I am excited to share that we were there for both shows in terms of review and photography. Night #1 was given an in-depth overview by our own Steve Bunche and that narrative can be examined on THIS LINK. Now here is the photo gallery from this particular night.
Artist: The Damned Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: n/a Date: 10/29/2016 Label: English Channel Records
Written By: Steve Bunche
“NEAT, NEAT, NEAT!!! 40 YEARS OF THE DAMNED AT THE GRAMERCY THEATRE”
Where to even start when discussing the Damned?
One of the seminal bands of the early British punk movement, the Damned always stood out from their safety pin-and-Doc Marten’s-sporting contemporaries in a number of ways, such as eschewing the era’s Mohawk and swastika fashion for markedly individual ridiculousness (singer Dave Vanian’s silly-yet-elegant Edwardian vampire chic and Guitarist Captain Sensible’s red beret, sunglasses, nurse’s uniform and occasional complete and utter nudity spring to mind), possessing a sense of humor, shamelessly allowing the beautiful voice of its singer to dominate the proceedings — seriously, Dave Vanian is blessed with one of pop music’s most singular, evocative, and beautiful vocal deliveries — and a flair for actual musicianship that flew in the face of British punk’s famous “any arsehole can pick up a guitar and bang out three chords” attitude.
While the majority of their contemporaries fizzled out like a fart in a thunderstorm, largely due to their cookie-cutter sameness and embarrassing (though well-intentioned) amateurishness, the Damned visibly grew and evolved from album to album, refining their sound from its rough-edged origins of four decades past into the tight, wholly professional and enthralling unit that endures to this day, despite numerous personnel upheavals and the criminally offensive ignoring that they receive from pretty much all but those in the know. Undaunted by such shabby treatment, the Damned have once more returned, this time to mark their forty years of merrily purveying polished mayhem to their loyal followers (and not one of their periodic so-called farewell tours) with an anniversary tour that recently brought them to NYC’s venerable Gramercy venue, a former vintage movie palace that now serves as an unpretentious concert space that’s mercifully free of the plague of hipster types that have infested what remains of the Big Apple’s dwindling old school punk scene. Continue reading The Damned @ Gramercy Theatre (10/29/2016)→
Now since I’ve been doing these “Music Milestones” for several years now, it dawned upon me that every so often the need might arise to do a specific song’s anniversary. This is especially important for those songs that ended up being absolutely iconic and preceded a full body of musical work by several months. The song “New Rose” by The Damned is such a song and it was released forty years ago today on Stiff Records. The band’s full length debut album would be released in the middle of February during the following 1987 year. The song is a fast-paced one with thundering drums by Rat Scabies along with frenetic guitar by Captain Sensible. Singer Dave Vanian leads us into the tune with the words “Is She Really Going Out With Him”. I guess you can consider this a kind of love song but if it’s not that’s fine since the tune kicks some ass and still does forty years later.
Though I didn’t know this until only recently, the song is actually the very first single to be released by a British Punk Rock band and that was a pretty cool fact. It was written by bassist Brian James and produced by Nick Lowe with a B-side of a cover of “Help” originally done by The Beatles. The tune bears very little sonic resemblance to that of the Fab Four. Continue reading “New Rose”; The Damned’s Debut Single Is 40 (1986-2016)→