The Damned - Ignite (1982)
It's hard to imagine a world without the Damned. They were a vital part of my growing up - every bit as essential as that first glug of underage cider or first fumble in the bushes. And the Damned were full of firsts - the first UK punk single, first punk band to appear on the telly, first punk band to tour America. I couldn't get enough of 'em. Damned Damned Damned remains, for me, the defining punk statement and defines in a little over 30 minutes what punk and the new wave was all about.
The fact that they are still a thing after nearly 50 years is nothing short of remarkable. Nearly as remarkable as me buying a tour shirt from the cut-price rogues who set up stall outside Rock City and peddle their wares right under the nose of the venue. If you're coming to BlogCon23 you'll probably see me wearing it.
Sounds like a blast. Who could ever have thought in those growing up years that you would be seeing them again all this time later? It was beyond anything I could have even imagined.ReplyDelete
And yes, underage cider, first fumbles and hearing the Damned - often all at the same time!
You're only 16 once; unless you're a fan of the Damned.Delete
The Damned were also the Punk band to split and re-form. Life is never dull in The Damned camp.ReplyDelete
Recent releases Evil Sprits and Rockfield Files are worth a listen, as is Cap's side project Sensible Grey Cells.
New album - Darkadelic - due soon.
They played the new album in its entirety (a risky strategy, I thought) but it went down well.Delete
I've heard the SGCs ('Shindig' reviewed their last album - thought it was worth a punt) and was pleasantly surprised.
Damned Damned Damned, Music for Pleasure & Machine Gun Etiquette were great and all that, but The Black Album & Strawberries are up on a whole different level for me. Ignite is magnificent choice for a set opener. Sounds like a splendid evening John.ReplyDelete
I think you're right, TS.Delete
I was only asking another Damned fan earlier today how far away are we from the Damned 'doing a Sparks' and playing all their albums back-to-back on consecutive nights at a single venue? I know which nights I'd be up for...