Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Damned - Problem Child




I've always fancied myself more of a pistols man than a damned man but there is no denying the greatness of this single.

Often credited as the 1st "punk" band or at least the 1st punk band to release a single, release an album and the 1st to tour the United States (they were from England)I have to say "Bollocks" to that! as everyone knows the Stooges put out records in 19-fucking-69 baby!

But anyway.... this little Stiff nugget was released in 1977 and produced by Pink Floyd man Nick Mason after an unsuccessful attempt at getting Syd Barret to produce. weird huh? me thinks so too.....

Lemmy from Motorhead was briefly in the band or at least as a studio session man and for a few live gigs.

Original Damned members Dave Vanian (David Lett), Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns), and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) had been members of the Masters of the Backside, which included future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. Original Damned guitarist Brian James (Brian Robertson) had been a member of the punk band London SS, who never played live but included musicians who later found fame in The Clash and Generation X. Scabies auditioned as drummer for London SS, but was rejected. James and Scabies had invited Sid Vicious and Dave Vanian to audition to be the singer of The Damned. Only Vanian showed up, and thus became the frontman of the band.

Heh, imagine if Sid had gotten the gig....?

History may have very well been different...? Naw, he would have died anyway i'm sure....

I did see the Damned a few years ago at some punk fest thing here in NJ and they were actually still quite good.

PLEASE enjoy some great English punk on this Saturday morning.

The Damned - Problem Child

2 comments:

The RedBoy said...

Pistols more than the Damned?!?!?! You are hopeless...

"My probation lady says you ain't so cool"

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