Various Artists — Wave News – The New Generation of Music

Posted by tracysigler, April 28, 2008 4:22 pm - Permalink   

Various Artists -- Wave News - The New Generation of Music

“Wave News”? Must be a German thing. Gotta love that sweet colored vinyl. We’ll definitely keep this “limitierte auflage” compilation because it’s a crazy mixed bag of “new generation” music from 1980 and ’81, released in ’82. I split the foldout in two so you can get a good look a whats-his-face from Depeche Mode. What is he, thirteen? Sporting that look I doubt he made it to lunch before being mistaken for a girl. My favorite track is definitely “Disco Man” by The Damned, followed closely by “Countdown” by U.K. Subs. Mary says she got this at a record store in D.C.

Tracklisting from

A1 Depeche Mode New Life (3:42)
A2 Damned, The Disco Man (3:18)
A3 Max Meldau Shutdown (3:46)
A4 Lovely Previn From A To B (3:13)
A5 Eyeless In Gaza Faceless (3:11)
A6 Jo Broadberry & The Standouts Footsteps In The Dark (3:26)
A7 China Doll China Doll (3:18)
A8 Medium Medium Hungry, So Angry (3:56)
B1 Au Pairs Inconvenience (2:55)
B2 Fad Gadget Pedestrian (3:14)
B3 Dead Kennedys Too Drunk To F… (2:39)
B4 Thomas Leer Letter From America (4:36)
B5 Exploited, The Hitler’s In The Charts Again (2:36)
B6 Eddie Maelov & Sunshine Patteson* Another Teardrop (3:46)
B7 Bloodless Pharaos Bloodless Pharao (6:09)
B8 UK Subs Countdown (4:55)

The Damned — Anything

Posted by tracysigler, October 9, 2007 11:14 pm - Permalink   

The Damned -- Anything

  • Artist: The Damned
  • Title: Anything
  • Year: 1986
  • Format: Vinyl 12 in.
  • Rating (1-10): 8
  • Owner: Mary and Tracy, two copies
  • Acquired: 1986 – When she worked at Plan 9 Records in Richmond, VA
  • Keeper: Yes

The now sound, the wow sound, the psychedelic Goth rock sound of The Damned is back only one year after their biggest hit, Phantasmagoria with Anything. I saw a review at AllMusic bashing this record. The reviewer seemed to have some facts wrong, and I completely disagree with the opinions. Anything is great. It’s a strange mix of the big goth sound, pseudo-classical interludes, and a soulful ’60s rock. At times it sounds like a goth version of The Fleshtones. The title track, “Anything”, opens the album and it’s my favorite.

We have two copies of Anything. My copy is the boring American release, but Mary’s copy is a great looking UK version with a gatefold cover and die-cut pop-up of the band inside. The UK version has a colorfully painted carving on the front with the unpainted version on the liner, and lyrics! The US version just has the unpainted carving on the front… and nothing else. Mary’s copy is pictured below.

The Damned — Phantasmagoria

Posted by tracysigler, July 30, 2007 10:52 pm - Permalink   

The Damned -- Phantasmagoria

  • Artist: The Damned
  • Title: Phantasmagoria
  • Year: 1985
  • Format: Vinyl 12 in.
  • Rating (1-10): 8
  • Owner: Tracy
  • Acquired: No idea
  • Keeper: Yes

If the cover of Phantasmagoria doesn’t make it abundantly clear, song titles like “Sanctum Sanctorum”, the sounds of organs and harpsichords, and David Vanian’s deep-voiced singing should; The Damned got their Goth on in a big way with this record. Some people didn’t like it. They were turned off by the big production and the theatrical imagery. They thought The Damned had forgotten their punk rock roots and sold out. But I love this record, and since it was their highest charting album I know I’m not alone.

Some think The Damned invented “Gothic” rock, but unlike most other all-too-serious bands that would follow, they always seemed to have a sense of humor about it. My favorites are the epic album opener “Street of Dreams”, and the surprisingly cheerful-sounding pop goth songs “Grimly Fiendish” and “Edward the Bear.”

The Damned — Strawberries

Posted by tracysigler, May 22, 2007 9:54 pm - Permalink   

The Damned -- Strawberries

  • Artist: The Damned
  • Title: Strawberries
  • Year: 1982
  • Format: Vinyl 12 in.
  • Rating (1-10): 6
  • Owner: Tracy? Mary?
  • Acquired: No one knows
  • Keeper: Maybe

Live from Alexandria, VA. More specifically, from the home of our good friends and generous hosts the Brokamps. Robert is sitting next to me typing on his laptop about retirement, and I’m typing about old records.

I’ve said this before: Most records by The Damned are pretty inconsistent. I love the songs “Stranger on the Town” and “Dozen Girls”, but not much else on Strawberries. I probably didn’t give it a fair listen since I was trying to jam in some records before we hit the road. It just doesn’t grab my attention, unlike the cool cover.

The Damned — The Black Album (Again)

Posted by tracysigler, March 3, 2007 12:53 am - Permalink   

The Damned -- The Black Album (Again)

  • Artist: The Damned
  • Title: The Black Album (Again)
  • Year: 1980
  • Format: Vinyl 12 in.
  • Rating (1-10): 6
  • Owner: Tracy ?
  • Acquired: I don’t know
  • Keeper: Maybe

Hey! I’ve already posted this album, except it was a different. This version of The Black Album by The Damned doesn’t have the gatefold cover, the front is much simpler (boring), and there is no second LP with the live stuff. Anything else I could say I’ve already said. I did play it again, in case you’re wondering, because that’s the deal. Everything gets played, at least one more time.

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