Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from The Light at the End of the Tunnel by The Damned, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Anyone expecting a fully organized compilation from this double-disc effort will be sorely disappointed; while the years for release dates are mentioned, the sources for many of the releases aren't, leaving neophytes to the Damned a bit high and dry. Happily, an appreciative and detailed essay from one Herb Fenstein (more likely Chiswick label boss Roger Armstrong writing under a pseudonym, as he did in the liner notes to the CD version of Machine Gun Etiquette) helps. Even without the chronological organization, Light is still a great overview of the first ten years of the band's career, especially given the sheer amount of labels that they'd been on over the years (at least five, if not more!). The selection is, for the most part, quite on the money; while those who feel the group fell off dramatically with the Phantasmagoria and Anything albums will think them over-represented, it's still definitely the Damned at their best from track to track. Early punk breakouts like "Neat Neat Neat" and "New Rose" as well as turn-of-the-'80s standards such as "Plan 9 Channel 7," "Smash It Up," and "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" make a case for the band's early days. The Black Album is mostly ignored, but the sidelong "Curtain Call" thankfully is included, giving Vanian his well-deserved showcase. Later numbers like "Ignite," "Lovely Money," "Grimly Fiendish," and the smash single "Eloise" demonstrate that far from fading away, the Damned just found other ways to make their mark. Add to this a slew of rarities — the studio cover of the Beatles' "Help!," "Rabid (Over You)," "Disco Man," and some alternate mixes of other numbers — and Light remains the best place for those new to the Damned to start. Comprehensive and perfectly entertaining all at once.

Customer Reviews

Best of by any other name

Good overview of the damned's long career, this covers the 76 - the late 80's, whilst it has few of the forgettable later tracks it contains most of the essential tracks you know and love, well worth getting your wallet out for not sure what the other reviewers on but i wouldn't mind a pint of it

Best of what is available

A best of album, the best one available, of a sadly limited selection of the band's work. The Damned were the most pop of the punk bands, a good example is 'Alone again or' and its fantastic guitar solo. There was no mean edge to the music, the attitude was more mucking about than aggression and they had an eye on the dramatic, try 'Plan 9...' as an example. Why people want to buy 'Eloise' and not the likes of the punk classics 'New rose' and 'Neat...' is beyond me. I want to draw attention to the epic 'Curtain Call'. Originally released in 1980 on the unavailable on itunes The Black Album (which also had tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, so it deserves to be available), 'Curtain Call' was the second disc in what was a double album. The short sections available to listen to do not do the track justice. The start grows into a catchy, rocker in the style of 'Eloise' or 'In Dulce...; i.e less punk than the first Damned music. It then turns into a prog rock soundscape of church organ with electronic noises, violins and sound effects until it busts back into a rythum which sounds like a train powerring through a tunnel and then back to the opening section. Its punk rock prog. It sounds like it should be awful, but it is an epic.


Pure class. The damned were amazing. Buy this album. Every track a pure classic. Dave vanian. The damned are Ace. Well worth the money this Lot.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With punk's history having entered a new millennium, the impact of the band initially judged "the least likely to" seems to grow ever more each day. The Ramones hold deserved pride of place for kick-starting the whole thing, while the Sex Pistols -- and to a lesser extent, the Clash -- helped take it to an even more notorious level, serving as role models for many young bands to this day. But arguably just as important and memorable were the Damned, London contemporaries of the Pistols and Clash...
Full bio

Top Albums and Songs by The Damned