Friday, August 22, 2008

damned damned damned

seez 1.

Any excuse to dig this album out. And this sleeve. The last time I posted on the Damned, over on Art Decade, comments were conspicuous only in their absence. I live in hope, detractors be - well - damned.

Two covers this time around. The first a frenetic retread of the Stooges' "I Feel alright"; the second, a faithful rendition of Arthur Lee and Love's "Alone Again Or" - written by Bryan MacLean - from eleven years later. And just for the sheer hell of it, their own "So Messed Up", the penultimate death thrash from their first LP. Produced by the ever resourceful Nick Lowe. Released, February 18th 1977; guitarist Brian James's birthday.

The initial 2000 presses of "Damned Damned Damned" were mistakenly released with a picture of Eddie and the Hot Rods on the reverse, apparently, although I've never seen a copy.

"Hey, Keith ?.."

THE DAMNED: I FEEL ALRIGHT from "Damned Damned Damned" LP (Stiff) 1977 (UK)
THE DAMNED: ALONE AGAIN OR from "Anything" LP (MCA) 1986 (UK)
THE DAMNED: SO MESSED UP from "Damned Damned Damned" LP (Stiff) 1977 (UK)



Brushback said...

Great stuff.

I didn't dig the "romantic goth" Damned at all, though when their cover of "Alone Again Or" came out in the 80's it did make me search out the (far, far superior) original. So that's one good thing.

ib said...

Yeah, the goth era Damned were a big disappointment and the Love version is much better. But. I still enjoy playing this version.

I fell out of love with the Damned from "Machine Gun Etiquette" on; it was a huge - almost impossible - leap of faith to even take a chance on the post Brian James group. "Music For Pleasure" was their last gasp, really, although "Smash It Up" was fair.

Brushback said...

I still have one of their vinyl LPs, with a pig or a strawberry or some other on the front; except for the passable first track, it's absolutely terrible.


Not a comment about the Damned but a damned comment nonetheless. Thanks for having my back with Anglopunk. It is as you say, 'academic', which the blogosphere is not, in particular, being more utilitarian & therefore hopefully more universal.

By the way, I have a copy of some of those Bukowski/R. Crumb 'comix'.

& reeden' that shit hant afeckt my intalect nun. Ime smarter than I eber wuz.

Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Music like this is bad for your health. Have not played the Damned's first for a long time but I can still hear the drums and the holler that get the pogo jamboree started.

ib said...


I have some of those same comix too. When I read that part of your commentary it struck a chord.

Anglopunk raises some valid issues, but I think if you dissect the motives which led individuals to blog in an effort to arrive at an agenda you just wind up with a bleeding mess.

It's like putting music into boxes. Largely pointless.

Every consumer has the potential to create.

ib said...

Beer: It is a coronary waiting to happen, agreed. "New Rose" has the kind of tribal drum intro that makes the very air shimmer and shoots you straight back through time.

When I lived in Holland briefly there were a few people around who watched my back. I surmised it was a territorial thing, given where we were ; I was invited onto their turf, after a fashion, and I so I though that explained it. When I wondered aloud one guy, Walter, just raised his sleeve and showed me the tattoo he had of the Stiff era Damned logo on his shoulder. Good show.