The Damned

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": punk punk rock post-punk 80s rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in 1976, this UK punk band originally comprised Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns, 24 April 1954, Balham, London, England), Rat Scabies (b. Chris Millar, 30 July 1957, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England; drums), Brian James (b. Brian Robertson, England; guitar) and Dave Vanian (b. David Letts, England; vocals). Scabies and James had previously played in the unwieldy punk ensemble London SS and, joined by Sensible, a veteran of early formations of Johnny Moped, they backed Nick Kent’s Subterraneans. The Damned emerged in May 1976 and two months later they were supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club. After appearing at the celebrated Mont de Marsan punk festival in August, they were signed to Stiff Records one month later. In October they released what is generally regarded as the first UK punk single, ‘New Rose’, which was backed by a frantic cover version of the Beatles’ ‘Help’. Apart from being dismissed as a support act...

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