“The Damned” project was born in 1976 from the cult British team “London SS”, where also a future guitarist of “Clash” Mick Jones played and the future bassist of “Generation X” - Tony James. Although among the British punk bands they have done a lot of things first (issued the single and the album first, first visited America, and broke up first for the first time), but it remained undervalued compared to its peers “Sex pistols” and “Clash”.
About The Damned
First Unsuccessful Release
The initial participants of the band were Captain Sensible (bass), Brian James (guitar), Dave Vanian (vocals), and Rat Scabies (drums). After signing the contract with Stiff Records, they hastily recorded a track “New rose”, and after it – their debut album, “Damned damned damned”. It took them only a couple of days to create the disc, so it is not surprising that its sound turned out to be raw.
Subsequent British tour with “Pistols”, “Clash”, and American tour in the company of “Flamin 'Groovies” passed fairly quickly and were accompanied by a string of scandals. Shortly before the session of the second album, James decided that the group needed a second guitarist. Sensible and Scabies did not like this idea, but agreed. The drummer of “Pink Floyd” Nick Mason became the producer of “Music for pleasure”. The album brought disappointment, despite the fact that a couple of songs from it hit the charts.
General drunkenness and drug abuse had an impact on the relationships in the team. As a result, first Scabies slammed the door. Then, Brian followed him and the band actually broke up. However, six months later “The Damned” were resuscitated with Scabies but without James. The recorded album “Machine gun etiquette” is probably the best work of the team, and two songs, “Smash it up” and “I just can not be happy today”, entered the Top 10.