GOD BLESS THE DAMNED BASS PLAYER!
The Damned, a very brief and incomplete history of one the longest ( but not continuous) running punk bands. The original line-up was Dave Vanian: vocals, Brian James: guitar, Rat Scabies: drums and Captain Sensible: bass guitar. Being one of the original London punk bands, forming in 1976, they were the first of this lot to release a single: "New Rose" on Stiff records. They also earned credit for being the first British punk band to release a full length album, also on Stiff, "Damned Damned Damned" , which produced the bass pulse driven, single "Neat Neat Neat". And to chalk up one more first for the band, in 1977 they became the first British punk band to tour the United States.
Also in '77, they added second guitarist Lu Edmonds. When it was time to record their second album, "Music For Pleasure" the Damned sought out Syd Barrett as a producer, but he declined or didn't want to leave the house or something like that. So they settled for his Pink Floyd bandmate, Nick Mason. Before the record was even released, Scabies quit the band, stating his utter dislike with the record as his reason. The album bombed commercially and critically, and after the promotional tour for "Music For Pleasure", The Damned broke up in early 1978. This would only leave room for many reformations and a long list of bass players to follow.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00