9th February 2017

Special remastered vinyl, CD and digital deluxe edition of their classic debut

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough, BMG will release a special Art Of The Album deluxe edition of that debut album, Damned Damned Damned on 17 February 2017, almost exactly 40 years to the day since its original issue.

The Damned - Captain Sensible & David Vanian live at the Hope & Anchor, London 1 January 1977 (c) John Ingham 1977

It features fully remastered audio and new sleevenotes within both the CD and LP formats recalling the story of the band’s conception and the album’s creation via exclusive interviews with original band members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Brian James and Rat Scabies.

Captain Sensible reflected that, “Damned Damned Damned was almost ‘un-produced’ by our Stiff stablemate Nick Lowe, who managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly. Nick was known as Basher as there was no messing about. It’s fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears. The guitars don’t sound nice – they’re a raw, fuzzed-out thrash – that’s punk rock.  Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage. It was so dark and dingy in there – you had to be careful or you’d knock your beer over.  The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album so there’s no chance of a remix…  Not that you’d want one – it’s perfect!”

The Damned - Rat Scabies' drumkit live at the Hope & Anchor, London 1 January 1977 (c) John Ingham 1977

The Damned’s David Vanian and Captain Sensible (mind that chewing gum) were interviewed at the British Library for Classic Album Sundays. You can see a video of that chat HERE.