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With the departure of guitarist Captain Sensible, The Damned was down to the original core of drummer Rat Scabies and singer Dave Vanian. Keyboardist Roman Jugg, who'd joined up casually on the previous album (1982's Strawberries) provided much of the band's sound. Producer Jon Kelly adds sound effects that give the songs a filmic quality. With its dramatic piano, "Sanctum Sanctorum" sounds like it's from a horror movie. "Streets of Dreams" shows Scabies as a powerful instrumental force, while bassist Bryn Merrick adds melodic punch to tunes like "The Shadow of Love" and "There'll Come a Day." But the sense of The Damned being a band is secondary to the power of the album itself, which is among its best. Punk had come and gone, and in its place here is something nearly gothic. (Nick Cave's future wife Susie Bick is on the cover at her most haunting.) The expanded edition adds remixes, plus the single "Eloise" (a hit for Barry Ryan in 1968), other session outtakes, and live cuts, including a cover of The Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant." 

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On the Editor's notes it says that "Eloise" is included but it is not listed


Took long enough to get the best Damned almbum ever

damned if you do

spirited. haunting. steeped in goth-noir, the original 10 tracks are worth every penny for this once outa print dorian grey style masterpiece... its still not dated and no longer's as bewitching and beguiling as any Poe midnight vesper. a New Rose with a different thorn..


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...
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