The Damned – Interview 2018

One of the original quartet of punk bands – along with The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Chelsea – who set the world of music alight in 1976, The Damned are the great survivors. The ones who released the first bonafide punk single, ‘New Rose’, and who released the first truly punk album, Damned Damned Damned. They enjoyed nine top 40 hits, including perhaps their best known song ‘Eloise’, and earlier this year released their first album for ten years, Evil Spirits, produced by legendary Bowie producer Tony Visconti, which became their first ever top ten album. Not bad for a band that was supposed to implode in punk spirit back in the 70s! 42 years after their formation, original members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and co, are about to venture out on the road once again. Dave Vanian took some time out to chat with Jeff Hemmings…

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The Damned – Evil Spirits

Forget Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols and The Clash, Londoners The Damned were the original punk band. They were the first punk-rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, (the excellent ‘New Rose’, which should top any list of the best ever debut singles), the first to release an album, (Damned Damned Damned) and the first UK punk band to tour the United States. Not only that, but they’re also one of the only punk bands left, both on the live circuit and in the studio. Their latest record, Evil Spirits, their first for ten years since 2008’s So, Who’s Paranoid?, and first with bassist Paul Gray since 1982’s Strawberries, was produced by the legendary Tony Visconti and funded for the most part by the people through Pledge Music. The punk aesthetic is very much still alive, people!

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