The Damned. Last year The Damned were presented on the 3rd Day of Christmas Tfronky Style and yes, we have the pleasure of hearing them again. Whether you are a fan of punk rock, goth punk, alternative rock … how about just good old-fashioned rock and roll, The Damned is one of those bands that although there is nothing remotely mainstream about them, they deliver music that fans of any music genre could probably appreciate.
I became a fan of first era British punk bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and The Clash before becoming a fan of The Damned. Looking back I believe the reason for that is the same as why I did not like Beneath the Shadows from T.S.O.L. originally – maturity. The Damned delivered high octane melodic punk rock on their 1977 debut Damned Damned Damned but very quickly from album to album changed up styles. Back then I did not appreciate things the way I do now when a band progresses, so albums such as 1980’s The Black Album and 1982’s Strawberries (which today I consider to be an uber-brilliant album) did not resonate with me back in the day.
The band released a single in 1980 by the name of “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause”. While not a true Christmas song in terms of what one has come to expect from a holiday classic, it was an attempt by The Damned to cash in on the U.K. Christmas singles market. The line-up featured on The Black Album that included Dave Vanian on vocals, Captain Sensible on guitars, Paul Gray on bass and Rat Scabies on the drums created this song and Giovanni Dadamo of The Snivelling Shits helped write it. It smokes at any time of the year.