List of the Damned members

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Two lineups of the Damned performing live in 2008 (top) and 2019 (bottom).

The Damned are an English punk rock band from London. Formed in June 1976, the group originally consisted of vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Raymond "Captain Sensible" Burns and drummer Christopher "Rat Scabies" Millar. The band's current lineup includes Vanian, Sensible (on guitar; from 1976 to 1984, 1988 to 1992, and since 1996), bassist Paul Gray (from 1980 to 1983, 1989 to 1992, in 1996, and since 2017), and keyboardist Laurence "Monty Oxymoron" Burrow (since 1996). The group are currently without a drummer, since recent member Andrew "Pinch" Pinching's departure in October 2019.

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History

1976–1989

The Damned were formed by Dave Vanian, Brian James, Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies in June 1976. [1] After the release of their debut album Damned Damned Damned , Robert "Lu" Edmonds was added as a second guitarist in August 1977. [2] This lineup recorded Music for Pleasure , although Scabies had left the band by the time it was released. [3] After a handful of shows with temporary substitute Dave Berk, [4] the band replaced Scabies for a European tour the following month with Jon Moss. [5] Music for Pleasure was a commercial failure, which led to the Damned being dropped by their label Stiff Records and breaking up in early 1978. [6] In the following months, Vanian, Sensible (on guitar) and Scabies performed a handful of shows as Les Punks, with Motörhead frontman Lemmy filling in on bass. [7]

In January 1979, the Damned officially reformed with Alasdair "Algy" Ward (formerly of Australian band the Saints) taking over the vacated bass role. [8] Machine Gun Etiquette was issued later in the year, before Ward was replaced by Paul Gray in early 1980. [9] After the release of The Black Album , the band added Paul Scott as their first live keyboardist. [10] He was replaced in July 1981 by Pete Saunders, [11] who subsequently made way for Roman Jugg in November, after Saunders's initially chosen replacement Tosh was unable to join. [12] As a five-piece lineup for the first time, the group issued Friday 13th in 1981, [13] Strawberries in 1982, [14] and Live at Newcastle in 1983. [15] In March 1983, however, Gray left to join UFO, with Bryn Merrick (a former bandmate of Jugg's in the group Victimize) taking his place. [16]

Before a show on 24 August 1984, Captain Sensible left the Damned to focus on his solo career, with Jugg taking over as lead guitarist and Steve McGuire of Doctor and the Medics temporarily filling in on keyboards. [17] The group subsequently continued as a four-piece, with the addition of Paul "Shirley" Shepley as touring keyboardist. [18] After the release of Phantasmagoria and Anything , the Damned were dropped by MCA Records. [19] The band continued performing live, before the original quartet reformed for part of a special show in June 1988 which was later issued as Final Damnation . [20] Sensible and James continued to tour with the existing lineup (with Gray in place of Bryn), [21] performing select songs at shows during 1989. [22] After a final farewell tour in the UK and US, the group disbanded later in the year. [23]

1991 onwards

The Damned's breakup was short-lived, however, as they embarked on a reunion tour just two years later. [21] After a few shows into the September 1991 run, Brian James left the band suddenly following an argument with Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies, and the remaining members continued as a four-piece. [24] The Damned essentially disbanded again after a short run of European shows in 1992, before Dave Vanian and Scabies introduced a new incarnation of the group in December 1993 featuring guitarists Kris Dollimore and Alan Lee Shaw, and bassist Jason "Moose" Harris. [21] Shortly after the release of Not of This Earth in late 1995, Scabies left the Damned and Vanian reunited with Captain Sensible and his solo band – bassist Paul Gray, drummer Garrie Dreadful and keyboardist Monty Oxymoron. [25]

Gray was replaced by Vanian's wife Patricia Morrison in time for a Japanese tour starting in September 1996, after he sustained an injury during a show. [26] After three years of sustained touring, Dreadful was replaced in early 1999 by Spike Smith, who made way just a few months later for former English Dogs drummer Andrew "Pinch" Pinching. [25] The group released their first studio album in six years, Grave Disorder , in 2001, before Morrison left the Damned after giving birth to daughter Emily on 9 February 2004. [27] She was replaced by Stu West, a former bandmate of Pinch's in English Dogs. [28] The addition of West began a long period of stability for the Damned, who released their tenth studio album So, Who's Paranoid? in 2008 and a series of live albums in subsequent years. [21]

In September 2017, it was announced that Paul Gray had returned to the band for the upcoming album Evil Spirits and all future tour dates. [29] Following the album's touring cycle, Pinch left in October 2019. [30]

Members

Current

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsRelease contributions
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Dave Vanian
(David Lett)
1976–presentlead vocalsall the Damned releases
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Captain Sensible
(Raymond Burns)
  • 1976–1984
  • 1988–1992
  • 1996–present
  • guitar (since 1979)
  • backing vocals
  • bass (1976–78)
  • keyboards (1979–81)
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Paul Gray
  • 1980–1983
  • 1989–1992
  • 1996

  • 2017–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • all the Damned releases from "White Rabbit" (1980) to Live at Newcastle (1983)
  • Mindless, Directionless Energy: Live at the Lyceum 1981 (1987)
  • "Fun Factory" (1990)
  • Ballroom Blitz: Live at the Lyceum (1992)
  • Evil Spirits (2018)
Monty Oxymoron
(Laurence Burrow)
1996–present
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
all the Damned releases from Grave Disorder (2001) onwards, except Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)

Former

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsRelease contributions
Brian James
(Brian Robertson)
  • 1976–1978
  • 1988–1991
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Damned Damned Damned (1977)
  • Music for Pleasure (1977)
  • The Peel Sessions (1986)
  • The Captain's Birthday Party (1986)
  • Not the Captain's Birthday Party? (1986)
  • Final Damnation (1988)
  • "Prokofiev" (1991)
  • Eternal Damnation Live (1999)
  • Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)
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Rat Scabies
(Christopher Millar)
  • 1976–1977
  • 1979–1996
  • drums
  • backing vocals
  • all the Damned releases from Damned Damned Damned (1977) to "Fun Factory" (1990), and from Ballroom Blitz: Live at the Lyceum (1992) to Molten Lager (1999)
  • Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)
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Robert "Lu" Edmonds 1977–1978
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Music For Pleasure (1977) "The Captains Birthday Party" (1986) & "Not The Captains Birthday Party" (1986)
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Jon Moss drums"The Captains Birthday Party" (1986) & "Not The Captains Birthday Party" (1986)
Alasdair "Algy" Ward 1979–1980
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Roman Jugg 1981–1989
  • guitar (lead from 1984)
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
Bryn Merrick
  • 1983–1989
  • 1992 (died 2015)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • "Thanks for the Night" (1984)
  • Phantasmagoria (1985)
  • "Eloise" (1986)
  • Anything (1986)
  • Final Damnation (1988)
  • Fiendish Shadows (1997)
Kris Dollimore1993–1996
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Alan Lee Shaw
Jason "Moose" Harris
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Garrie Dreadful
(Gary Priest)
1996–1999drumsnone
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Patricia Morrison
(Patricia Rainone)
1996–2004
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • Grave Disorder (2001)
  • Tiki Nightmare: Live in London (2003)
Spike Smith1999drumsnone
Andrew "Pinch" Pinching 1999–2019
  • drums
  • backing vocals
all the Damned releases from Grave Disorder (2001) onwards, except Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)
Stu West 2004–2017bassall Damned releases from MGE25: Machine Gun Etiquette 25 Tour (2006) to 40th Anniversary Tour: Live in Margate (2017), except Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)

Touring

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsDetails
Dave Berk1977drumsBerk temporarily toured with the Damned after the departure of Rat Scabies, before the arrival of Jon Moss. [4]
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Lemmy
(Ian Kilmister)
1978 (died 2015)bassLemmy performed bass at a number of shows at which the band was dubbed "Les Punks", following their breakup. [7]
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Gary Holton 1978 (died 1985)lead vocalsHolton temporarily substituted for regular vocalist Dave Vanian during a tour of Scotland in December 1978. [31]
Paul "Astroturf" Scott1980–1981keyboardsScott joined the Damned as their first live keyboardist in late 1980 for the tour in promotion of The Black Album . [10]
Pete Saunders 1981After Scott was unable to commit to future shows, he was replaced in the touring lineup by Saunders in July 1981. [11]
ToshA keyboardist called Tosh was initially recruited to take over from Saunders, however he was unable to join. [12]
Steve McGuire1984After the departure of Captain Sensible, Roman Jugg switched to guitar and McGuire filled in on keyboards. [17]
Paul "Shirley" Shepley1985–1989Shepley took over as live keyboardist after Captain Sensible's departure and Roman Jugg's switch to guitar. [18]
Warren Renfrow2002bassRenfrow temporarily replaced Patricia Morrison for a tour in 2002, after she left to "deal with a family illness". [32]
Jon Priestley2018bassPriestley temporarily replaced Paul Gray starting with the Vive Le Rock awards show and later tour dates. [33]
Dave RuffydrumsRuffy replaced Pinch, who was unavailable at the time, at the Vive Le Rock awards show on 28 March 2018. [33]

Timeline

List of the Damned members

Lineups

PeriodMembersReleases
June 1976 – August 1977
July – October 1977
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals
  • Lu Edmonds – guitar, backing vocals
  • Captain Sensible – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
October – November 1977
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals
  • Lu Edmonds – guitar, backing vocals
  • Captain Sensible – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Berk – drums(substitute)
none
November 1977 – April 1978
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals
  • Lu Edmonds – guitar, backing vocals
  • Captain Sensible – bass, backing vocals
  • Jon Moss – drums
Band inactive April 1978 – January 1979
January 1979 – February 1980
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Algy Ward – bass
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
February 1980 – November 1981
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
November 1981 – March 1983
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
  • Roman Jugg – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
March 1983 – August 1984
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bryn Merrick – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
  • Roman Jugg – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
August 1984 – May 1988
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Roman Jugg – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bryn Merrick – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
May 1988 – June 1989
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Bryn Merrick – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
  • Roman Jugg – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals(select songs)
June – December 1989
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals (select songs)
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals(select songs)
none
Band inactive December 1989 – September 1991
September 1991
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
  • Brian James – guitar, backing vocals (select songs)
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals (select songs)
September 1991 – June 1992
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
none
June – July 1992
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bryn Merrick – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums, backing vocals
Band inactive July 1992 – December 1993
December 1993 – January 1996
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Kris Dollimore – guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Lee Shaw – guitar, backing vocals
  • Moose Harris – bass, backing vocals
  • Rat Scabies – drums
February – September 1996
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Garrie Dreadful – drums
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
none
September 1996 – March 1999
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Patricia Morrison – bass, backing vocals
  • Garrie Dreadful – drums
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
March – August 1999
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Patricia Morrison – bass, backing vocals
  • Spike Smith – drums
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
September 1999 – February 2004
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Patricia Morrison – bass, backing vocals
  • Pinch – drums, backing vocals
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
February 2004 – September 2017
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Stu West – bass
  • Pinch – drums, backing vocals
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
  • MGE25: Machine Gun Etiquette 25 Tour (2006)
  • Return to the 100 Club (2007)
  • So, Who's Paranoid? (2008)
  • 35th Anniversary Live In Concert (2012)
  • Another Live Album from the Damned (2014)
  • 35 Years of Anarchy, Chaos and Destruction:
    35th Anniversary – Live in London
    (2016)
  • 40th Anniversary Tour: Live in Margate (2016)
September 2017 – October 2019
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Pinch – drums, backing vocals
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
October 2019 – present
  • Dave Vanian – lead vocals
  • Captain Sensible – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
  • Monty Oxymoron – keyboards, backing vocals
none to date

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