Sessions of the Damned

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Sessions of the Damned is another fine stick with which to beat those who inexplicably fail to recognize the utter brilliance of the 1976-1984 Damned. Not only were they one of the funniest, wildest, and most irreverent bands of the punk and post-punk epochs, but as Sessions reminds, they were, just behind the Sex Pistols, Clash, and Buzzcocks, the fourth best and most exciting band of the explosive 1976-1977 liftoff -- only to evolve into one of the most accomplished pop groups. Previously issued on Dutch East India, this major-distributed compilation of BBC radio sessions is as good a place as any to sample the Damned's ample red-hots. It is grossly evident that the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Sessions of the Damned is another fine stick with which to beat those who inexplicably fail to recognize the utter brilliance of the 1976-1984 Damned. Not only were they one of the funniest, wildest, and most irreverent bands of the punk and post-punk epochs, but as Sessions reminds, they were, just behind the Sex Pistols, Clash, and Buzzcocks, the fourth best and most exciting band of the explosive 1976-1977 liftoff -- only to evolve into one of the most accomplished pop groups. Previously issued on Dutch East India, this major-distributed compilation of BBC radio sessions is as good a place as any to sample the Damned's ample red-hots. It is grossly evident that the "record and mix four songs in one day" dictates of John Peel sessions suited these talented madcaps like the swanky Halston dresses Sensible once donned: live-in-the-studio "smash ups" of punk touchstones like "New Rose," "Neat Neat Neat," "Love Song," and "Smash It Up" compare well to the familiar U.K. hit versions. And while it would be impossible to improve on the speeding-train energy and euphoria of 1979's Machine Gun Etiquette renditions, the formative December 1978 looks at "Melody Lee" and the MC5's sped-up "Looking at You" the first recordings of the newly reformed group, with Sensible moving from bass to guitar match them for electricity and magnetism. As well, the Brian James-era lineup's "Sick of Being Sick" and "Stretcher Case Baby" are lesser-known classics of the form, filled with abandon and drummer Rat Scabies' Keith Moon-ish hyper drumming. Zow! Then, to top it off, the final six of the 22 cuts reveal the more mature, measured, yet still punishing melodic guitar pop gems the group favored from 1980-1984, the period of The Black Album and just after the immortal swan song Strawberries. Fine singer Dave Vanian stretches out wonderfully from paranoid punk shouter to moody, disturbed crooner on his "Curtain Call" opus a funeral parlor eerie epic, while Sensible's parting prize "Thanks for the Night" is hard to keep from singing along with. And, as an added historical bonus, one gets to hear a lovely early version of the beguiling "Is It a Dream" before Sensible bolted taking the band's creative spark with him, and a sharp cover of the Rolling Stones' psychedelic single "We Love You."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206106329
  • Catalog Number: 061063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stab Your Back (1:01)
  2. 2 Neat, Neat, Neat (2:40)
  3. 3 New Rose (2:41)
  4. 4 So Messed Up (2:29)
  5. 5 I Fall (2:11)
  6. 6 Sick of Being Sick (2:30)
  7. 7 Stretcher Case Baby (1:49)
  8. 8 Fan Club (3:03)
  9. 9 Feel the Pain (3:34)
  10. 10 Melody Lee (2:29)
  11. 11 I'm a Burglar (3:29)
  12. 12 Love Song (2:20)
  13. 13 Looking at You - MC5 (3:54)
  14. 14 I Just Can't Be Happy Today (4:41)
  15. 15 Smash It Up (4:02)
  16. 16 I'm So Bored (2:23)
  17. 17 Curtain Call, Pt. 1 (10:26)
  18. 18 Therapy (5:01)
  19. 19 Is It a Dream? (3:26)
  20. 20 Nasty (3:00)
  21. 21 We Love You (2:34)
  22. 22 Thanks for the Night (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Damned Primary Artist
MC5 Track Performer
Paul Gray Bass
Brian James Guitar
Rat Scabies Drums, Vocals
Dave Vanian Vocals
Algy Ward Bass, Vocals
Roman Jugg Guitar, Keyboards
Bryn Merrick Bass
Technical Credits
Rob Tyner Composer
Captain Sensible Composer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Wayne Kramer Composer
Mark Brennan Liner Notes
Ray Burns Composer
Dale Buffin Griffin Producer
Jeff Griffin Producer
Brian James Composer
Mike Robinson Engineer
Rat Scabies Composer
Fred "Sonic" Smith Composer
Dennis Thompson Composer
Dave Vanian Composer
Algy Ward Composer
Tony Wilson Producer
Nick Gomm Engineer
David Dade Engineer
Michael Davis Composer
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