The Damned – Damned Damned Daned in full – Newcastle O2 Academy

The Damned – Damned Damned Daned in full – Newcastle O2 Academy

Travelling up from, south-west Durham, thoughts wandered that time might diminish Punk legends The Damned early impression, that song would be some kind of shadow of the originals, as I urged a half full carriage to speed faster to catch the band’s two-hour plus show, as the 40th Anniversary of debut album ‘Dammed Damned Damned’. Further frustration occurred after  ’an online ticket and Newcastle O2’s  box office conspired for me to pay for another ticket, as I heard the ending bars of classic ‘Neat Neat Neat’ (track 1) the printer can’t work fast enough, for a fresh ticket.

 

First released back on  February 18th 1977 the album titled “Damned Damned Damned” (Stiff Seez 5) was unleashed. The initial 2000 copies were deliberately issued with a picture of Eddie and the Hot Rods on the back cover. The album was the first punk album to be released and it peaked at number 34 and stayed in the charts for 10 weeks. Both single nd album were the first punk releases in the UK , their mighty debut ‘New Rose’, previously released on 22nd October 1976, no mean feat.

Any petty worries soon evaporated, the band are on form, they invariably always were, just more a casual thought resigned into the cold nights sky that The Dammed may only echo their renowned debut. The venue is packed, from my view of the stalls, as lesser aired album tracks, such as ‘Born To Kill’, ‘Feel The Pain’ and ‘So Messed Up’ are gratefully received. But the word-for word crowd accompanied ‘New Rose’ is delivered well, the cheer that went up afterwards, a testament to punk legacy. Side 2 offers more great crowd teasers wit ‘All Messed Up’ ‘Fish’ and the heavier rendition of The Stooges proto punk classic ‘I Feel Alright’. But for me to here ‘Fann CClub’ again was a personal high of many around this night. As do the anthems of  ‘Lovesong’ and‘Smash It Up Part 1 & 2’ does as well as you expected, sublime. ‘Disco Man’  shines ‘Streets Of Dreams’, ‘Eloise’, ’Trampoline Run’ and Anything’s ‘Alone Afain Or’  work well. But the real crowd pleasers are the lesser played much revered album tracks that are delivered with aplomb, energy and focus. Only blight, there were a few sound problems, the drum sound was poor. Captain’s guitar play was left mostly intact, while Dave Vanian vocal was strong and assured.

Well worth paying twice, I would recommend this show to anyone that likes music. The Dammed are consistently good. The crowd though, a mixture of new, the curios and loyal, seem calmer now than the audience of 1976 in terms of movement, so something has changed after all.  9/10

Steve Janes

 

LIVE DATES
November
12 Leamington Spa, The Assembly
13 Nottingham, Rock City
15 Guildford, G-Live
16 Wrexham, William Aston Hall
17 Leeds, 02 Academy
18 Manchester, Academy
19 Newcastle, 02 Academy

20 Glasgow, 02 ABC
22 Cambridge, Junction
23 Norwich, Waterfront
24 Brighton, Dome
25 Gillingham, Britannia Theatre
26 London, 02 Brixton Academy
27 Cardiff, Tramshed
29 Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
30 Bristol, Motion
December
1 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
2 Weymouth, Pavilions
3 Plymouth, University (Main Hall)
4 Exeter, Phoenix Centre
9 Margate, Winter Gardens

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