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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Damned - Music For Pleasure

When I was about fourteen years old most of the other kids at school were drinking their first drink and smoking their first smoke to bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Motley Crue. For me, though, it was punk rock. I had fallen in love with the soundtrack to Return of the Living Dead a couple of years earlier and had scrambled to get records by all of the bands that were featured on it. The Cramps, Roky Erickson, TSOL, and most of all The Damned. I had grown up in a household full of classic rock and had gone through the New Wave period collecting singles by any band with a weird hair cut. By the mid-80's, though, I was ready for something new and discovering these bands introduced me to a whole new world of music.

"Music For Pleasure" was the second album by The Damned and, though it was trashed by the critics when it was released, it remains one of their most raw and rockin' albums to date. For any punk band from the first generation it was hard to top their debut album. Although they had eagerly covered the new explosion of sounds in 1977, the press wanted punk rock to be over with by the time all its great bands were on their second releases. Critics were uncomfortable with the movement and just wanted something new. They didn't want to treat these bands as real musicians but flashes in the proverbial pan. Sounds a lot like post-1956, too. Anyway, The Damned were just hitting their stride and wouldn't be put out to pasture just yet (in fact they still rock clubs on a regular basis and their 2001 album "Grave Disorder" sounded like a band twenty years younger).

So, here you go. The second album by the legendary Damned featuring dual guitars and a sound that's like taking their first album and adding some more complexity without losing the edge. Another rockin' summertime kinda treat with songs like "Stretcher Case", "Don't Cry Wolf", and my favorite "Politics" which still rings true for me today. "I don't need no politics to make me dance!"

Year of Release: 1977
Label: Earmark
Genre: Punk
Bitrate: 192kbps

Track List:
1. Problem Child
2. Don't Cry Wolf
3. One Way Love
4. Politics
5. Stretcher Case
6. Idiot Box
7. You Take My Money
8. Alone
9. Your Eyes
10. Creep (You Can't Fool Me)
11. You Know
12. Help
13. Sick Of Being Sick
14. Singalong A Scabies

Download: The Damned - Music For Pleasure
Download Size: 44MB


Anonymous said...

I picked up this. I have yet to give The Damned a proper listen and I figure now is as good as any. Thanks a bunch. I also checked out your Charles Manson page. Interesting stuff. :)

funkyaeroplane said...

Thanks a lot, i haven't heard this one and have been wanting to for a while

Anonymous said...

great stuff, all of which i have on vinyl. i appreciate your write-ups.


Nazz Nomad said...

i think this was produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason.

mike-floyd said...

To Nazz Nomad:

that's correct.
Legend has it, that the Damned originally wanted Syd Barrett to produce the album, but Barrett had other things in mind... (aaahmmmm: what mind?). so they took Nick Mason.


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