Anything (The Damned album)

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Anything
The Damned - Anything album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 December 1986
RecordedJune–August 1986
StudioPuk Recording Studios, Denmark
Genre Gothic rock, new wave
Length41:00
Label MCA
Producer Jon Kelly
The Damned chronology
Phantasmagoria
(1985)
Anything
(1986)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
(1987)
Singles from Anything
  1. "Anything"
    Released: 6 November 1986
  2. "Gigolo"
    Released: 23 January 1987
  3. "Alone Again Or"
    Released: 6 April 1987
  4. "In Dulce Decorum"
    Released: 16 November 1987
Alternative cover
Anything (The Damned album) cover.jpg
1986 US and Canadian album cover

Anything is the seventh studio album by the Damned, released by MCA Records in 1986. On the album's release, it charted in the United Kingdom, peaking at No. 40, and was certified as silver by the British Phonographic Industry. Four singles were released that all charted in the UK.

Contents

Production

Vocalist Dave Vanian in 1986. Damned-dave-vanian2.png
Vocalist Dave Vanian in 1986.

The album began production in June 1986 in Puk Recording Studios in Denmark. [1] The Damned's vocalist, Dave Vanian, later stated that the group were forced into the studio to record the album before they had prepared any new material for it. [2] Drummer Rat Scabies mentioned that the group had demoed the song "In Dulce Decorum", but most of the songs were written in the studio. [1] In July, the group took a break from recording to perform a 10th anniversary performance in London at the Town and Country Club and two in Finsbury Park, where the group performed some songs that would appear on Anything, and were joined by Captain Sensible to perform "Smash It Up". [1] On returning to Denmark, the group recorded a cover of "Alone Again Or" which Scabies originally thought was written by Roman Jugg. [1] The album concluded production in August. [1]

Release and tour

Following the recording sessions, the Damned toured Ireland and Britain in October and concluded the tour in Ireland in November. [1] The group began having issues with technology on the tour (the brass parts of "Psychomania" crept in when the group were performing "In Dulce Decorum") and had to use an emulator to recreate some of their studio sound. [1] Prior to the album's release, a single for "Anything" was released in November. [3]

Anything was released on MCA Records on 1 December 1986 in the United Kingdom. [4] [5] In the UK, the album charted for two weeks, peaking at No. 40. [6] It was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry. [5] After the release of the "Gigolo" single in January 1987, the Damned toured Europe until February. [3] [1] They toured in Australia in March and Japan in April. [1] During a booking hiatus, the group returned to performing shows as the alter ego Naz Nomad and the Nightmares. [1] "In Dulce Decorum" was released as the final single from the album in November 1987. [1]

In the United States, MCA released "Anything", "In Dulce Decorum" and "Alone Again" as singles. [7] [8] MCA followed the release of Anything with a Damned compilation album titled Light at the End of the Tunnel in November 1987. [1] [9] MCA and The Damned parted ways the following year. [1]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [10]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [11]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]

The Ottawa Citizen gave the album a positive review, describing the album as "varied but not disjointed" and that the Damned had become a "superb pop band" that make a "better pop band of the '80s than it did a punk band of the '70s". [14] The Vancouver Sun also praised the album, stating that the Damned "have made the switch to mood music quite well, almost rising to the level of the mighty Stranglers". The review compared the album to music by Simple Minds, opining that the album was what they "want to sound like, moody and atmospheric without getting all doomy and gloomy". [15]

A retrospective review from AllMusic was negative, awarding the album 2 stars and calling it the worst album of the original group's catalogue. [10] The review specifically pointed out "Restless" and "In Dulce Decorum" as meandering, and noted that the tracks "Psychomania" and "Anything" were the only tracks that "generate anything approximating the energy of the Damned's best music". [10]

When later asked about the Phantasmagoria and Anything albums, Vanian said that "some of the production in retrospect could have been done a little better, but it was the '80's. Some of those songs were just as heartfelt as anything that had gone before despite the frills and ruffles". [2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Roman Jugg, Rat Scabies, Bryn Merrick and Dave Vanian, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Anything" 4:47
2."Alone Again Or" Bryan MacLean 3:38
3."The Portrait" 3:50
4."Restless" 4:57
5."In Dulce Decorum" 4:47
6."Gigolo" 6:02
7."The Girl Goes Down" 4:35
8."Tightrope Walk" 4:21
9."Psychomania" 4:03

Expanded Edition

All tracks are written by Roman Jugg, Rat Scabies, Bryn Merrick and Dave Vanian, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Anything" Original album4:48
2."Alone Again Or" Bryan MacLean Original album3:38
3."The Portrait" Original album3:51
4."Restless" Original album5:00
5."In Dulce Decorum" Original album4:49
6."Gigolo" Original album6:04
7."The Girl Goes Down" Original album4:36
8."Tightrope Walk" Original album4:23
9."Psychomania" Original album4:10
10."Eloise (Extravagant Mix)" Paul Ryan "Eloise" 12" 9:34
11."Anything (Yet Another Mix)" "Anything" 10" 5:55
12."Gigolo" (Remix) "Gigolo" 12"4:49
13."In Dulce Decorum (Dub)" "In Dulce Decorum" 12"4:41
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Eloise"RyanThe MCA Singles A's + B's7:49
2."Temptation" (B-side) "Eloise" 7" 4:11
3."Beat Girl" (B-side) John Barry, Trevor Peacock "Eloise" 12"2:22
4."Anything (And Yet Another Mix)" "Anything" 10"5:06
5."The Year of the Jackal" (B-side) "Anything" 7"5:52
6."Thanks for the Night (Rat Mix)" "Anything" 12"3:59
7."Anything (Instrumental Mix)" "Anything" 10"5:11
8."Gigolo" (Edited single version) "Gigolo" 7"4:04
9."Alone Again Or (Mixed Again)"MacLean"Alone Again Or" 12"6:30
10."Psychomania" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 12 November 1986) "Alone Again Or" 12"4:00
11."In Dulce Decorum (Extended Mix)" "In Dulce Decorum" 12"5:59

Personnel

Charts

Song charts
YearSongPeak positions
UK
[6]
1986"Anything"32
1987"Gigolo"21
"Alone Again Or"27
"In Dulce Decorum"72

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [16] Silver60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Tyler, Kieron (2009). Anything (Media notes). The Damned. Universal UMC. 5316215.
  2. 1 2 "David Vanian - Interview". Officialdamned.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2004.
  3. 1 2 "Singles". OfficialDamned.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  4. Raggett, Ned. "The Damned". AllMusic . Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. 1 2 "British album certifications – The Damned – Anything". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Anything in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  6. 1 2 "Damned". UK Albums Chart . Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. Popoff 2010, p. 312.
  8. Popoff 2010, p. 311.
  9. "Compilation Albums". OfficialDamned.com. Archived from the original on 29 February 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  10. 1 2 3 Deming, Mark. "Anything - The Damned". AllMusic . Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  11. Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2. MUZE. p. 711.
  12. MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 306.
  13. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 176.
  14. Erskine, Evelyn (10 April 1987). "Rock". Ottawa Citizen . p. F5.
  15. Mackie, John (7 March 1987). "Damned Go Moody but Without Getting Doomy". The Vancouver Sun . p. E7.
  16. "British album certifications – The Damned – Anything". British Phonographic Industry.

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