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 would release 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 would again reform for a tour in 1991. In 1995, they released a new album, Not of This Earth, which would be Scabies last with the band. This was followed by Grave Disorder (2001), and 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.

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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 4
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? 2

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

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