KCRW BROADCAST #134 for Saturday, October 1, 2011
Fanatics! And so we begin the month of October. My personal favorite month of the year. This month, we are lucky enough to have five Saturday nights. Taking advantage of this, we will be playing the first five Damned albums in their entirety, one a week. I thought it was the right thing to do.
Tonight, for our first hour, we will luxuriate in all killer no filler jams by some of our favorites. This is but the warm up for hour two, where we throw on the Damned's first album, Damned, Damned, Damned. It was released in February of 1977 on Stiff Records. It was produced my Nick Lowe
Dave Vanian on vocals, Rat Scabies on drums, Captain Sensible on bass and the one and only Brian James on guitar. This is known as the classic line-up. This last for an album. Several months later, when the band released its second album, Music For Pleasure, they had added Lu Edmonds on guitar. MFP was the last record to feature Brian James.
Damned Damned Damned is an album I have played so many times, I might have set a world listening record. I believe I first heard it in 1978. As soon as I did, I knew the Damned were going to be one of my favorite bands. All these years later, I am still listening to this album and digging it. All the people in the DC scene where I grew up were into this one.
After Brian James left, the band changed. Captain Sensible took over guitar and songwriting responsibilities and the next album released was called Machine Gun Etiquette, a great rock album. The Captain's writing was nowhere near as dark as that of Brian James, so MGE is very different but still a fantastic record. The first two albums are very much Brian James' vision. He was the main songwriter, tune and lyric. I think these songs are absolutely brilliant. These are punk classics.
If you have listened to this show for any amount of time, there's a good chance you have heard songs from Damned Damned Damned played many times. I can't help it, I keep flying them into the mix.
Remember, on Sunday night, Marnie Stern is playing at the Bootleg Bar. Let's pack that place.
I am very excited to play all these Damned songs for you this month. We have some seriously great listening ahead. Please, tune in if at all possible. Next week, we rock the Damned's misunderstood masterpiece Music For Pleasure--a great one!
Get ready to rock this show and STAY FANATIC!!! --Henry
Henry can be reached at: Henryontheradio@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter @henryrollins.
Read on for Henry's tracklisting:
01. The Cigarettes - They're Back Again, Here They Come / Will Damage Your Health!
02. UK Subs - Bomb Factory / Brand New Age
03. Eater - Public Toys / Eater - Album, Singles +
04. The Ruts - West One (Shine On Me) / Punk Singles Collection
05. The Skunks - Good From The Bad / single
06. 999 - Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Singles
07. The Ramones - I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement / The Ramones
08. David Bowie - Hang On To Yourself / Bowie At The Beeb
09. Nico - The Sphinx / The Drama Of Exile
10. Einstürzende Neubauten - Tanz Debil / Kollaps
11. The Birthday Party - Say A Spell / Mutiny EP
12. The Fall - City Hobgoblins / Early Singles
13. The Sex Pistols - Just Me (I Wanna Be Me) / single
14. The MC5 - Poison / High Time
15. Pure Hell - No Rules (singe version)
16. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat / Damned Damned Damned
17. The Damned - Fan Club / Damned Damned Damned
18. The Damned - I Fall / Damned Damned Damned
19. The Damned - Born to Kill / Damned Damned Damned
20. The Damned - Stab Your Back / Damned Damned Damned
21. The Damned - Feel the Pain / Damned Damned Damned
22. The Damned - New Rose / Damned Damned Damned
23. The Damned - Fish / Damned Damned Damned
24. The Damned - See Her Tonite / Damned Damned Damned
25. The Damned - 1 of the 2 / Damned Damned Damned
26. The Damned - So Messed Up / Damned Damned Damned
27. The Damned - I Feel Alright / Damned Damned Damned
28. The Damned - Stretcher Case Baby (Marquee Giveaway single) / (Stiff Singles 1976-1977)
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29. The Damned - Sick Of Being Sick (Marquee Giveaway single) / (Stiff Singles 1976-1977)
30. The Snakes - She's Got It Now / I Won't Love You (Til You're More Like Me)
31. The Stooges - Loose / Fun House
32. Joy Division - She's Lost Control / Unknown Pleasures