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02.12.2014

10 Most influental Albums Number 10!

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Sam Burnett

In the up-coming weeks in the run up to Christmas, I will be dusting off the LP’s, CD’s and scouring through my MP3’s to conclusively and definitively conclude my top ten most inspirational albums.

These albums may not of sold the most copies, or even be dubbed the best album by that musician by many, however I have tried to dig deeper and take into account the; musicianship, political impact and the overall flow of each song from another, In other words, having an album with load of classics that tells individual stories rather than a main concept will get you nowhere in this list!

DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED by The Damned Number 10!

The solitary punk album on my list goes to those boys “The Damned” and their 1976 classic album Damned Damned Damned. Long before the Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, The Damned were creating a noise that had never been heard before in the UK. The UK’s first ever punk album and in my opinion the best at being Punk!

The Album starts off with Neat Neat Neat, a driving punk classic that is pushed by Captain Sensible’s bass line and Rat Scabies quite stunning drum beats. This is a consistent theme throughout the album, Scabies is regarded as the most accomplished of traditional UK Punk drummers, and his use of the bass drum as well as his fantastic cymbal work make this album a most for any drummer.

Whilst The Clash and The Sex Pistols were in the public eye at least, the biggest two punk bands of all time. Many true fans of the genre would argue until they were blue in the face that they were not the lifeblood of the genre. With the Sex Pistols, it was all a circus, a sham that readers of the mirror completely bought into. Think of it in hindsight as One Direction but with less selfies and more swear words. However you can tell a manufactured band a mile off, and the Pistols are one of the finest examples of this.

For me London’s Calling was very hard to leave out of this list. However unlike the Sex Pistols and the Clash, the Damned never pretended to be anything that they are not. The Pistols so desperately wanted to be “The Punk Band” whilst not really possessing any musical talent, bar Glen Matlock who wrote most of the bands hits, only to be replaced by Sid Vicious (a man who could not even play the bass at the time of his appointment). Whilst the Clash did some fantastic work and wrote many of the songs that shaped the future of the movement, they were however not a pioneer of the sound like the Damned were. Simply the Damned were a group of lads, who did what they wanted to. Anyone who went to or has seen footage of Damned gigs will know the sort of antics that go down!

New Rose, track 7 on the album was the bands first hit as well as being UK Punk’s first single. This track was released a full two months before the Pistols released “Anarchy In The UK”, New Rose acted as a bench mark, lying down the foundations of the genre to other musicians and to listeners. Opening lyric, “Is she really going out with him”? A line perfectly embodies not only the entire Punk movement, but also the entire adolescent phase, since the 50’s and 60’s with the Mods and Rockers, to the misguided youth of today.

With all the politics surrounding punk music and the 1970’s, the Damned saw a way out from it all, a way that they could live comfortable lives amongst Britain’s first generation of no hopers. They had fun, spoke about things that they wanted to. Appeared on children’s television shows if it paid them well enough, and are probably the only band from that era that no one ever accuses of selling out. How can you, they are still gigging weekly nearly 40 years later!

Damned Damned Damned, paved the way for similar bands and albums such as, Three Ordinary Boys by The Cure, Unknown Pleasures Joy Division, right up to The Offspring, who covered many Damned songs throughout their career. Simply this album defined the UK Punk scene at it’s core.

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