The Damned – Damned Damned Damned
Embarrassing to admit but I didn’t already own this album. Its so amazing and classic I should be ashamed. And I wouldn’t have been moved to pick this up if not for the wisdom of Martin “Youth” Glover. I have already posted about Alice Coltrane’s album Journey In Satchindananda and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Upsetters’ record Super Ape, both of which I discovered via a list of Youth’s Top 10 Albums To Get High To. I only had half of the discs on the list and that just wouldn’t do so I now also have The Damned’s Damned Damned Damned.
I was introduced to The Damned upon the release of their 1985 Phantasmagoria album. It seems The Damned and I went through our Goth phase at about the same time and I was crazy about them. I then picked up their 1979 album Machine Gun Etiquette, which was much more raw, aggressive and punky than my belovedly dark Phantasmagoria. I liked it but I kind of quit exploring their catalog after that. Big mistake on my part.
Damned Damned Damned, recorded and released in 1979, produced by the legendary Nick Lowe, is quite simply a punk classic, often referred to as the first punk album (predating the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bullocks by almost a year). For those of you who might not like the lax musical approach punk often adopts, do not let that deter you here. This record contains some fantastic musicianship, hilariously clever writing and top notch production. Its a great rock and roll record first and foremost and also a very fun/funny one. It belongs in the collection of anyone who loves music and I’m glad its now in mine.