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|The Light at the End of the Tunnel|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||30 November 1987|
|Recorded||Various dates between 1976 and 1986|
|Genre||Rock, punk rock, gothic rock|
|The Damned chronology|
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.
The package was marketed as a greatest hits collection, but while it includes many of the band/s acknowledged standards, several of the songs were album tracks, while others were B-sides or other rarities. This Damned retrospective, however, is the only one to unite studio recordings from all of the studio albums the band had released between 1977 and 1986.
MCA issued the Anything album track "In Dulce Decorum" as a single to support the release. The Light at the End of the Tunnel charted for a week at No. 87 in the UK Album Charts, the band's final chart entry until 2018's Evil Spirits , which reached No. 7.
"New Rose" was the band's first single, released in 1976, with a cover of the Beatles' "Help!" as the B-side.
"Neat Neat Neat" (their second single), Stooges cover "I Feel Alright" and "Feel the Pain" were taken from the band's 1977 album Damned, Damned, Damned .
"Problem Child" was the first single released from the group's second album, Music for Pleasure , also released in 1977.
"Love Song", "Smash It Up Parts I & II", "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and "Plan 9 Channel 7" were taken from the 1979 album Machine Gun Etiquette .
"Rabid (Over You)" was a remix of a track previously issued as a B-side to the "White Rabbit" single, also originally released in 1980.
"The History of the World Part 1" and "Curtain Call" were from the 1980 album The Black Album .
"Disco Man" was the lead track from the Friday 13th EP .
"Ignite" and "Stranger on the Town" were from the Strawberries album.
"Nasty" was the B-side to the "Thanks for the Night" single.
The remixes of "Grimly Fiendish" and "The Shadow of Love" were taken from the maxi-single releases of each song.
"Trojans" and "Is It A Dream?" were taken from the 1985 album Phantasmagoria .
"Eloise" was released as a single in 1986.
"Anything", Love cover "Alone Again Or", "Psychomania" and "In Dulce Decorum" were all released on the Anything album in 1986.
The remix of "Thanks for the Night" was originally released on the maxi-single release of "Anything".
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