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The Damned reissuing debut LP, announce North American tour openers


The Damned are releasing a 40th anniversary edition of their classic debut, Damned Damned Damned, which also holds the distinction of being the first full-length record released by a UK punk group (in addition to being awesome). Part of BMG’s new ‘Art of The Album’ series, it features fully remastered audio and new sleevenotes within both the CD & LP formats recalling the story of the band’s conception and the album’s creation with new interviews with Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Brian James and Rat Scabies, conducted by music writer John Ingham. Of the record, here’s Captain Sensible:

Damned Damned Damned’ was almost ‘un-produced’ by our Stiff stablemate Nick Lowe, who managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly. Nick was known as ‘Basher’ as there was no messing about. It’s fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears…. The guitars don’t sound nice – they’re a raw, fuzzed-out thrash – that’s punk rock. Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage. It was so dark and dingy in there – you had to be careful or you’d knock your beer over. The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album so there’s no chance of a remix… Not that you’d want one – it’s perfect!

You can preorder the Damned Damned Damned reissue now and listen to an un-remastered version (which still sounds really good) below.

Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian and the rest of The Damned’s current lineup will be on tour in North America starting in April, and they’ve just announced openers. Bleached will be on the first half of the tour, with The BellRays on the second half. The BellRays open both of the NYC-area shows: Brooklyn’s Warsaw on May 5 and Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony on May 6. Tickets are still available.

Updated dates are listed below.

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The Damned – ‘Damned Damned Damned’ (Art Of The Album) deluxe edition tracklisting;

01. Neat Neat Neat
02. Fan Club
03. I Fall
04. Born To Kill
05. Stab Yor Back
06. Feel The Pain
07. New Rose
08. Fish
09. See Her Tonite
10. 1 of The 2
11. So Messed Up
12. I Feel Alright

April 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater <<<
April 7 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues ***
April 8 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues ***
April 9 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues ***
April 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ***
April 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades ***
April 14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom ***
April 15 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore ***
April 16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox ***
April 18 – Salt Lake City, U – The Depot ***
April 19 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall ***
April 21 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall ***
April 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line ***
April 23 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues ***
April 24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom ***
April 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Ctr. ***
April 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s ***
April 28 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues ***
April 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall ^^^
April 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre ^^^
May 2 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda ^^^
May 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club ^^^
May 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^^^
May 6 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony ^^^
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA ^^^
May 9 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage ^^^
May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade/Heaven ^^^
May 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues ^^^
May 13 – St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater ^^^
May 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution ^^^
May 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues ^^^
May 17 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues ^^^
May 18 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues ^^^
May 19 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outdoors ^^^
May 21- Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater ^^^

<<< w/ Alice Bag & The Sissy Bears
*** w/ Bleached
^^^ w/ The BellRays

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