|Black Is the Night: The Definitive Anthology|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||1 November 2019|
|The Damned chronology|
Black Is the Night: The Definitive Anthology is a 2-CD, career-spanning compilation album by the British rock band the Damned,released on 1 November 2019. It collects tracks from most of the band's studio albums between 1977 and 2018, as well as selected non-album singles and B-sides. It also includes the new track "Black Is the Night". Of the band's eleven studio albums to date, Not of This Earth (1995) and So, Who's Paranoid? (2008) are not represented on the anthology. All tracks were chosen by the band themselves, and sequenced thematically instead of chronologically.
AllMusic felt that "the track listing does make sense of the often elusive through line of the Damned's history, as Dave Vanian's showman's vocals, Captain Sensible's clever melodies, and their smarter-than-you-think wit unites the music as they travel from punk to garage rock to hard rock to pop to goth to a few pit stops in between." AllMusic noted that the inclusion of some of the band's more recent material "shows they're still in touch with their various muses, and for all their sonic shape-shifting, this is a far more consistent listening experience than one would expect."
With no tracks represented from Not Of This Earth and So, Who's Paranoid?, the Big Takeover wrote that the anthology was "not fully representative" and "omissions from these albums is questionable."
|No.||Title||Writer(s)||Place of Origin||Length|
|1.||"Love Song"||Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian, Algy Ward||Machine Gun Etiquette , 1979||2:21|
|2.||"Wait for the Blackout"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Paul Gray, Billy Karloff||The Black Album , 1980||3:51|
|3.||"Generals"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Gray||Strawberries , 1982||3:23|
|4.||"I Just Can't Be Happy Today"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Giovanni Dadomo||Machine Gun Etiquette||3:43|
|5.||"Bad Time for Bonzo"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Gray||Strawberries||3:48|
|6.||"Democracy?"||Sensible||Grave Disorder , 2001||3:21|
|7.||"White Rabbit"||Grace Slick||Non-album single, 1980||3:17|
|8.||"Anti-Pope"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Phillip Burns||Machine Gun Etiquette||3:21|
|9.||"Ignite"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Gray||Strawberries||4:52|
|10.||"Melody Lee"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward||Machine Gun Etiquette||2:07|
|11.||"Smash It Up Pt 1 & 2"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward||Machine Gun Etiquette||5:13|
|12.||"New Rose"||Brian James||Damned Damned Damned , 1977||2:42|
|13.||"Neat Neat Neat"||James||Damned Damned Damned||2:40|
|14.||"Stretcher Case Baby"||James, Scabies||Non-album single, 1977||2:12|
|15.||"Sick of Being Sick"||James||B-side to "Stretcher Case Baby", 1977||2:29|
|16.||"Born to Kill"||James||Damned Damned Damned||2:35|
|17.||"Rabid (Over You)"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Andy Le Vien||B-side to "White Rabbit", 1980||3:41|
|18.||"Problem Child"||James, Scabies||Music for Pleasure , 1977||2:12|
|19.||"1 of the 2"||James||Damned Damned Damned||3:06|
|20.||"So Messed Up"||James||Damned Damned Damned||1:50|
|21.||"Machine Gun Etiquette"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward||Machine Gun Etiquette||1:48|
|22.||"Disco Man"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Gray||Friday 13th EP, 1981||3:19|
|23.||"Fan Club"||James||Damned Damned Damned||2:55|
|24.||"Suicide"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward||B-side to "Love Song", 1979||3:16|
|No.||Title||Writer(s)||Place of Origin||Length|
|1.||"Eloise"||Paul Ryan||Non-album single, 1986||5:08|
|2.||"Plan 9 Channel 7"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward||Machine Gun Etiquette||5:08|
|3.||"Grimly Fiendish"||Vanian, Scabies, Roman Jugg, Bryn Merrick, Clive Jackson||Phantasmagoria , 1985||3:49|
|4.||"The Shadow of Love" (10 Inches of Hell Mix)||Vanian, Scabies, Jugg, Merrick||Phantasmagoria||6:33|
|5.||"Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian, Dadomo||The Black Album||4:32|
|6.||"Street of Dreams"||Vanian, Scabies, Jugg, Merrick||Phantasmagoria||5:36|
|7.||"The History of the World (Part 1)"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian||The Black Album||3:49|
|8.||"Curtain Call"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian||The Black Album||17:10|
|9.||"Alone Again Or"||Bryan MacLean||Anything , 1986||3:28|
|10.||"Lively Arts"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian||The Black Album||2:55|
|11.||"Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow"||Vanian||Evil Spirits , 2018||4:14|
|12.||"Stranger on the Town"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian||Strawberries||5:13|
|13.||"Fun Factory"||Sensible||Non-album single, 1991; recorded 1982||4:21|
|14.||"Under the Floor Again"||Scabies, Sensible, Gray, Vanian||Strawberries||5:21|
|15.||"Black Is the Night"||Vanian||New track||4:09|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of the original albums and singles, except where noted.
|UK Albums (OCC)||63|
The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England, in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, "New Rose" (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.
Strawberries is the fifth studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released in October 1982 by record label Bronze.
Machine Gun Etiquette is the third studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released on 2 November 1979 by Chiswick Records.
Grave Disorder is an album from the punk rock band The Damned, released in August 2001. It was their first release since signing to Nitro Records.
Phantasmagoria is the sixth album by the Damned, released by MCA in July 1985. Special editions were available on white vinyl or picture disc; some versions included a free 12" of their No. 3 hit "Eloise".
"Little Miss Disaster" is a song by punk rock band the Damned, released 1 December 2005 on their own Lively Arts label. It was the band’s first single release since "Shut It" in 1996.
"Thanks for the Night" is a single by the Damned, released in May 1984.
Friday 13th EP is a four-track EP by English rock band the Damned, issued as the result of a one-off deal with the NEMS Records label. It was released on 13 November 1981, which fell on a Friday.
"Generals" is a single by the Damned, released in November 1982 on Bronze Records.
"Anything" is a single by the Damned, released 6 November 1986 on MCA.
"Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" is a single by the Damned, released on 13 February 1981.
"Wait for the Blackout" is a single by The Damned. Initially, Chiswick issued Wait for the Blackout instead of The History of the World Part 1 as a single to promote The Black Album in Spain, with "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" as the B-side.
"Lively Arts" is a single released by The Damned.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a double compilation album by the Damned, released by MCA in 1987 as a retrospective collection. The same name was also given to a concurrently released video cassette and an approved band biography by Carol Clerk.
Anthology: Through the Years is a double compilation album featuring the best of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It contains a new song, "Surrender," written by Petty in 1976 and recorded during sessions for the band's first album but left off the record, recorded again in 1979 but left off "Damn The Torpedoes," and finally recorded again in 2000 for this release. "Surrender" is also the last studio recording of Howie Epstein before his death in 2003. The 1976 version of the song was included on the 2018 box set An American Treasure.
Live Shepperton 1980 is a 1982 album by The Damned. The first live album from the band.
So, Who's Paranoid is the tenth studio album by English rock band the Damned. Released in November 2008, it was their first album in seven years. It was funded by the band themselves and released on their English Channel label. Musically, the album draws from the band's 1980s Gothic rock sound.
Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976–1987 is a compilation album by the English punk and gothic rock band the Damned, released on 22 October 2002. It collects tracks spanning the first eleven years of the band's career, beginning with their debut single "New Rose" (1976) and continuing through their first seven studio albums—Damned Damned Damned (1977), Music for Pleasure (1977), Machine Gun Etiquette (1979), The Black Album (1980), Strawberries (1982), Phantasmagoria (1985), and Anything (1986)—along with the non-album singles "Stretcher Case Baby" (1977), "Lovely Money" (1982), and "Eloise" (1986).
Evil Spirits is the eleventh studio album from the Damned. Released on 13 April 2018, it is their first album in ten years and was produced by famed producer Tony Visconti who is best known for his work with David Bowie. The album was largely crowdfunded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign.
The Rockfield Files is a four-track EP by English rock band the Damned, released on 16 October 2020. It was released by London-based label Search and Destroy in a joint venture with Spinefarm Records. The EP marks the last recording with longtime drummer Pinch, who left the band in late 2019. The title is a reference to the 1970s American television series The Rockford Files.