10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This isn't exactly "The Best" of The Damned. The album is neither comprehensive nor following a particular point of view. The collection appears to be drawn along label contract lines, with all the cuts coming from the sessions that gave the world Machine Gun Etiquette and The Black Album. "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" is listed as a "rare radio edit," but the remaining tracks remain as they were. "Love Song," "Smash It Up," and "Wait for the Blackout" are first-rate tunes. "Ballroom Blitz" is a cover of The Sweet, while "White Rabbit" covers Jefferson Airplane and "Looking at You" covers the MC5. Whether anyone in the band would put together a 10-track summary anywhere close to this is doubtful. However, if this set inspires listeners to pick up the aforementioned albums in their entirety—in addition to their debut, Damned Damned Damned, which isn't represented at all here—then it's served as a right introduction.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This isn't exactly "The Best" of The Damned. The album is neither comprehensive nor following a particular point of view. The collection appears to be drawn along label contract lines, with all the cuts coming from the sessions that gave the world Machine Gun Etiquette and The Black Album. "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" is listed as a "rare radio edit," but the remaining tracks remain as they were. "Love Song," "Smash It Up," and "Wait for the Blackout" are first-rate tunes. "Ballroom Blitz" is a cover of The Sweet, while "White Rabbit" covers Jefferson Airplane and "Looking at You" covers the MC5. Whether anyone in the band would put together a 10-track summary anywhere close to this is doubtful. However, if this set inspires listeners to pick up the aforementioned albums in their entirety—in addition to their debut, Damned Damned Damned, which isn't represented at all here—then it's served as a right introduction.

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