The Damned – Damned Damned Damned: #536 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Damned - Damned Damned Damned

So why is The Damned’s Damned Damned Damned on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

When I lived in England in the late 1990s, I made it a point to explore the country’s punk rock history, and so when I throw on Damned Damned Damned, I’m pulled back to living across the pond – not during Margaret Thatcher’s administration as it turns out, but that of the latter days of John Major’s.

Along with bands like Stiff Little Fingers (see: Inflammable Material, #952 of best 1,000 albums ever), Sham 69 (Angels With Dirty Faces, #970), and The Buzzcocks, The Damned are a great old school British punk band that has mostly stayed off the musical radar for most Americans versus the much better known likes of the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

What’s fun about The Damned* is that they have a truly distinctive sound, incorporating elements of goth and even psychedelia into an old school punk sound that leverages killer hooks on their best songs.

* Also, how amazing is “The Damned” as a name for a punk band? Can’t get better than that. Don’t even try it.

And for my money, “New Rose” is The Damned’s best song of all, featuring fast-paced, driving guitar riffs and aggressive, shouted vocals. Like the proper punk song that it is, the lyrics celebrate youthful rebellion.

“Neat Neat Neat” is high-energy punk rock with fast-paced drumming and a catchy, singalong chorus. The lyrics paint a picture of a chaotic and disordered world.

“Feel the Pain” is a creepy, slower, goth-y change up that also somehow feels a little Ramones-ish at the same time.

“Stab Yor Back” drives home the anti-establishment attitude of The Damned and has nice, snarling vocals along with a catchily repeated chorus that’s Stab Yor Back! Stab Yor Back! Stab Yor Back!

Some stats & info about The Damned – Damned Damned Damned

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Punk Rock, Rock Music, British Bands, Old School Punk, British Punk
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating – 5 out of 5 stars
  • When was Damned Damned Damned released? 1977
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #536 out of 1,000

The Damned’s Damned Damned Damned on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from The Damned’s Damned Damned Damned that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

No crime if there ain’t no law, no cops left to mess you around, no more dreams of mystery chords, no more sight to bring you down.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

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