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Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987
     

Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987

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by The Damned
 

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Of the first wave of British punk groups, the Damned got there first, and stuck around a lot longer than the vast majority of their peers, leaving behind a large and sometimes puzzling recorded legacy -- playing the band's first single ("New Rose") and their last ("In Dulce Decorum") back to back, you'd be hard-pressed to guess that both tunes were credited to the

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Of the first wave of British punk groups, the Damned got there first, and stuck around a lot longer than the vast majority of their peers, leaving behind a large and sometimes puzzling recorded legacy -- playing the band's first single ("New Rose") and their last ("In Dulce Decorum") back to back, you'd be hard-pressed to guess that both tunes were credited to the same act. Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987 is an ambitious two-CD set which attempts to present a coherent picture of the band's initial run over the course of two and a quarter hours, and for the most part it succeeds. Unlike the fine Damned retrospective The Light at the End of the Tunnel, Smash It Up was programmed chronologically, not thematically, and while the previous collection attempted to document a continuity in the band's music, Smash It Up instead portrays the group as constantly growing and evolving, mutating from speed-addled punk marauders into a surprisingly radio-friendly blend of pop, goth, and hard rock at journey's end. Smash It Up also has just about all the "hits" you could ask for, and while some of the lesser-known cuts on The Light at the End of the Tunnel added shadings to the picture, this collection not only serves the band's history quite well, but also the evolution of their profile in the world of music from upstarts to veterans of the pop charts. (One major gaffe, though: Is there anyone outside of the Damned's most rabid circle of fans who really wants to hear the 17-minute neo-psychedelic marathon "Curtain Call" ever again?) A thorough overview for beginners and a fine selection of fave cuts for fans, Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987 does right by the Damned, a particularly nice thing for listeners in America, where much of their best work has received spotty distribution at best.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Richard Abowitz
All the Damned most will ever need, and then some.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Castle Music Uk
UPC:
5050159147625
catalogNumber:
476
Rank:
20400

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Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tankman More than 1 year ago
If you've heard of the Damned, or only know a couple of their songs, this is an absolutely brilliant collection of tunes to expand your exposure to the band. These guys are definitely underrated and unknown, which is a tragedy. The Damned are punks with talent, who didn't box themselves into the genre. They morphed and adapted and each transition does not disappoint. Their 17 minute psychedelic song 'Curtain Call' seems to get panned, but I think it totally fits in this collection, and in fact is a standout. Lights out, candles on, a couple o'beers or glasses of wine, and you've got real ambient groove music. In sum, you get a little bit of everything here. You'll rock, you'll roll, you'll thrash and jump, cogitate and meditate. You'll be pleased to add this to your collection.