40th Anniversary Re-issue of Damned Damned Damned

Damned Damned Damned

The Damned

BMG, Reissue 2017

The list of first’s here is significant. First UK punk act to release a single, (A New Rose), quickly followed by the full DAMNED CVRlength, Damned Damned Damned, which was followed by being the first UK punk act to tour the US.

So forty years on, how’s it hold up? Like a dose of pure adrenaline in the seediest alley ever. “Born to Kill” is barely contained. Each musician pushing to play faster than the other and holding on as best they can. The song is one fast tear to the finish.

“Neat Neat Neat” and “New Rose” are easy to focus on. Both for being the catchiest of pop songs dressed up in tattered punk attire. The latter for charting in the UK and introducing The Damned to a huge audience. “See Her Tonight” is another pop song, had it been approached with less hostility and distortion.

“Fish” and “I Feel Alright” are both gloriously unrefined. Like homemade hooch someone decided to open too early, it kicks like a mule and makes for a memorable time. “I Feel Alright” sounds like a demented take on any number of Link Wray songs.

Brutish and uncouth, this album is indispensable. For how perfectly honest and ambitious it is. For the incredible songs from start to finish. And for the countless number of seeds this planted in the minds of so many of the disaffected and unsatisfied.