INTERVIEW: Originally from Uncut’s May 2014 (Take 204) issue
When The Damned reformed in January 1979, after a nine-month break following the departure of original guitarist Brian James, nobody knew quite what to expect. James had been the band’s principal songwriter on their two albums to date, and it was unclear who from within the band’s ranks could replace him. Recruiting ex-Saint Algy Ward on bass (Lemmy had briefly held the job), the band signed to Roger Armstrong’s Chiswick Records, and were sent to a Croydon studio for a couple of weeks and told to “make some noise”, as Ward remembers. The results were impressive: Captain Sensible’s “Love Song” gave The Damned a Top 20 hit, and he followed it up with the poppy, hippy-baiting “Smash It Up”, which although effectively ignored by the BBC, became a minor hit in winter 1979 and subsequently the band’s unofficial anthem.
INTERVIEW: The Damned’s Explosive Drummer
When it comes to punk bands, the Damned may be the most influential of them all, and their original drummer Rat Scabies among the most stylishly destructive sticksmen ever.
Formed in 1976 in the U.K., the Damned is credited as the first punk band to release a single (“New Rose”) and an album (Damned Damned Damned), and the first to tour the United States. Rat Scabies’ mix of punk aggression and Keith Moon–style flamboyance make him one of the more entertaining and incendiary drummers in rock history. Listeners need only hear “Love Song,” the opening track from the band’s 1979 masterpiece Machine Gun Etiquette, to understand the roots of Green Day’s Tre Cool and any number of modern punk drumming icons.
Rat’s in The Pub …..
Our discussion forum, The Pub, is the central hub for all things Scabies. You won’t always find him in there, but when he is, make sure you haven’t missed out on the chance to say hullo!
Join Rat when he is interviewed by Barry Cain in the Pavillion at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool on Friday August 4th at 5.30pm. Get your tickets here!
Mutants on Tour!
Mutants at the USA ?? Embassy in London ….it’s official !!!! see you in a few weeks in Vegas punk rock bowling and at Pappy and Harriet’s
- GIG: BIG DADDY CARLOS Fremont Country Club VEGAS (located in the Fremont East Entertainment District)
- DATE: Thursday 25th May
- With: The Sonics