[kj] Clip of US punk documentary/riots

gingoblin at easynet.co.uk gingoblin at easynet.co.uk
Tue Feb 20 10:55:42 EST 2007

One of the best things about the Damned is that they kept changing, even if
it didn't always work. Most times it did though!
Yeah, Strawberries is undoubtedly the last classic Damned album, though
were still great moments after that, even into the MCA/Mid 80's years.
Can't say I see the current Damned as intentionally catering to the young
kids though. The last album, Grave Disorder was pretty much a mix of what
you'd expect from Vanian/Sensible... definite nods to both The Black Album
and Strawberries.
Gotta agree with you on Patricia... she was TERRIBLE! Couldn't play Love
Song or Neat Neat Neat, and simplified some of the greatest ever Damned
basslines 'cos (I assume) she couldn't get to grips with them. Just totally
and utterly the wrong bassist for the Damned. But hey, she's married to Vanian!
Aye, Rat is undoubtedly the missing link in the Damned these days... Pinch
is technically good, but isn't in the same league as Scabies when all is
said and done. Can't see him rejoining anytime soon though!! More chance
of seeing Killing Joke, that's for sure!

Dave in Edinburgh (still playing Inside Extremities!)

At 10:32 20/02/2007 -0500, you wrote:

>I never had much of a problem with them changing over the years. The goth

>trip on Phantasmagoria was a bit much and it is only a mediocre album. Much

>of their later albums only had a couple of good songs on it while the rest

>is throw away. The last album I remember liking for the most part is

>Strawberries (I like the Black album but I think that was before).

>If anything the Damned seem more of a sell out now because they seem to be

>intentionally catering to their punkier sound for the young kids. And oh

>man the kids are out in hordes now. Not when they first came back. Oh what

>the mall can do to the impressionable youth.

>But I'll still go. Especially now that Patricia is out (I kid...sort of).

>Captain Sensible is always worth a visit and to see Vanian get more vain

>(pun intended and look at those hair plugs) over the years is funny. Wish

>Rat was still in it though. He was the Paul Stanley of the band during

>their low point (trying to keep it going and everyone interested).





> >From: "B. Oliver Sheppard" <bigblackhair at sbcglobal.net>

> >Reply-To: "A list about all things Killing Joke (the

> >band!)"<gathering at misera.net>

> >To: "A list about all things Killing Joke (the band!)"

> ><gathering at misera.net>

> >Subject: Re: [kj] Clip of US punk documentary/riots

> >Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 00:31:16 -0600

> >

> >I guess by that point they'd broken up, reformed briefly as The Doomed,

> >then came back as The Damned in '79 without Brian James, which, yeah, I

> >guess from a certain perspective maybe folks like that would see as

> >selling out. Of course, I forst got into The Damned in 1988 whe I was

> >14, so I'm one to talk. It was still hard to find punk-type albums here

> >(this is Texas, after all) so I grabbed what I could. I remember

> >listening to Phantasmagoria and then Damned, Damned, Damned, which I

> >bought both at the same time, and being like, huh, what the hell is

> >going on here? Is this the same band?

> >

> >-Oliver

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >Neil Perry wrote:

> > > Well that always confused me to about the Damned - I think

> > > the 'real' punks gave them the benefit of the doubt over the

> > > second album, but Machine Gun Etiquette was considered a

> > > major sell out by the hardcore - it was the album that

> > > all the younger kids like myself really got into, which was the

> > > kiss of death for any self-respecting original fan.

> >

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