The Damned (UK punk band)

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The Damned are an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist (and later guitarist) Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, "New Rose" (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.

The band briefly broke up after Music for Pleasure (1977), the follow up to their debut album, was critically dismissed. They quickly reformed without Brian James, and released Machine Gun Etiquette (1979). By the 1980s, they evolved into one of the forerunners of the gothic rock genre. That decade they released four studio albums, The Black Album (1980), Strawberries (1982), Phantasmagoria (1985), and Anything (1986). The latter two albums did not feature Captain Sensible, who had left the band in 1984. In 1988, James and Sensible rejoined to play what was said to be The Damned's final live show. This was released the next year as the live album Final Damnation.

The Damned again reformed for a tour in 1991. In 1995, they released a new album, Not of This Earth, which was Scabies's last with the band. This was followed by Grave Disorder (2001), and their most recent album, So, Who's Paranoid? (2008).

Despite going through numerous lineup changes, the current formation of Vanian, Sensible, keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, drummer Pinch and bassist Stu West, have been together since 2004.

The Damned are one of the most influential punk groups, contributing majorly to gothic rock and being one of the first bands to play in the genre, as well as influencing future hardcore punk bands with their fast-paced, energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they helped to spearhead the punk movement in the United Kingdom. They are sometimes referred to as British punk's "band of firsts," having made accomplishments mentioned previously, as well as other "firsts" like the first punk band to break up and come back.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Damned Damned Damned 6
1977 Music for Pleasure 3
1979 Machine Gun Etiquette 4
1980 The Black Album 4.5 7
1982 Strawberries 4 8
1985 Phantasmagoria 5 5
1986 Anything 5 3
1995 Not of This Earth 3
1996 I’m Alright Jack and the Beanstalk 8
2001 Grave Disorder 4 2
2008 So, Who’s Paranoid? 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 The Best of The Damned 2
1985 Damned But Not Forgotten 5
1987 The Light at the End of the Tunnel 4
1988 Best of Volume 1½: The Long Lost Weekend 1
1989 The Peel Sessions 1
1990 Chiswick Singles 2
1990 Chiswick Years 1
1990 Super Best Collection 1
1990 The Collection 1
1990 The Worst of The Damned 1
1991 Alternative Chartbusters 1
1992 Totally Damned 1
1992 MCA Singles A’s & B’s 1
1992 Skip Off School to See The Damned (The Stiff Singles A’s & B’s) 1
1992 Damned Busters 1
1993 Sessions of The Damned 3
1993 Tales From The Damned 1
1994 Eternally Damned: The Best of The Damned 1
1995 From the Beginning 1
1995 Gun Fury 1
1996 The Best of The Damned 1
1996 The Radio One Sessions 3
1996 Neat Neat Neat 1
1997 Born to Kill 4 1
1997 The Chaos Years: Rare & Unreleased 1977–1982 2
1999 Boxed 1
1999 The Super Best of The Damned 1
1999 The Best of The Damned: Marvellous 1
2000 The Pleasure and the Pain 2
2002 Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976–1987 2
2004 Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions 1
2004 Neat Neat Neat: The Alternative Anthology 1
2005 Play It at Your Sister 1
2006 The Best of The Damned: Total Damnation 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Live Anthology 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Live Shepperton 1980 3
1983 Live at Newcastle 4
1986 The Captain’s Birthday Party: Live at the Roundhouse 3
1986 Not the Captains Birthday Party? 4 2
1987 Mindless, Directionless Energy: Live at the Lyceum 1981 2
1989 Final Damnation 3
1991 Live 1
1992 Ballroom Blitz: Live at the Lyceum 3
1993 Live: The School Bullies 4
1995 Noise: The Best of The Damned Live 1
1997 Fiendish Shadows 2
1998 Looking at You 1
1999 Live at the Lyceum Ballroom 1981 1
1999 Molten Lager 2
1999 Eternal Damnation 4 1
2007 Live at the 100 Club 1
2007 Live at Woolwich Coronet 1
2012 35th Anniversary Live in Concert 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 New Rose 6
1977 Neat Neat Neat 1
1977 Problem Child 1
1977 Don’t Cry Wolf 2
1979 Love Song 7
1979 Smash It Up 3
1979 I Just Can’t Be Happy Today 1
1980 White Rabbit 3
1980 The History of the World, Part 1 2
1980 There Ain’t No Sanity Clause 3
1981 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1
1982 Wait for the Blackout 2
1982 Lovely Money 2
1982 Dozen Girls 1
1982 Lively Arts 2
1982 Generals 1
1984 Thanks for the Night 2
1985 Grimly Fiendish 3
1985 The Shadow of Love 5
1985 Is It a Dream 3
1986 Eloise 3
1986 Anything 3
1987 Gigolo 2
1987 Alone Again Or 3
1987 In Dulce Decorum 2
1991 Fun Factory 3
1991 Prokofiev 1
1996 Shut It 2
1998 Disco Man 1
2005 Little Miss Disaster 2

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Friday 13th EP 1
1986 The Peel Sessions 2
1987 The Peel Sessions 2
1997 Testify 1

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