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.
The Damned were formed by Dave Vanian, Brian James, Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies in June 1976.After the release of their debut album Damned Damned Damned , Robert "Lu" Edmonds was added as a second guitarist in August 1977. This lineup recorded Music for Pleasure , although Scabies had left the band by the time it was released. After a handful of shows with temporary substitute Dave Berk, the band replaced Scabies for a European tour the following month with Jon Moss. 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. 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.
In January 1979, the Damned officially reformed with Alasdair "Algy" Ward (formerly of Australian band the Saints) taking over the vacated bass role.Machine Gun Etiquette was issued later in the year, before Ward was replaced by Paul Gray in early 1980. After the release of The Black Album , the band added Paul Scott as their first live keyboardist. He was replaced in July 1981 by Pete Saunders, who subsequently made way for Roman Jugg in November, after Saunders's initially chosen replacement Tosh was unable to join. As a five-piece lineup for the first time, the group issued Friday 13th in 1981, Strawberries in 1982, and Live at Newcastle in 1983. 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.
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.The group subsequently continued as a four-piece, with the addition of Paul "Shirley" Shepley as touring keyboardist. After the release of Phantasmagoria and Anything , the Damned were dropped by MCA Records. 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 . Sensible and James continued to tour with the existing lineup (with Gray in place of Bryn), performing select songs at shows during 1989. After a final farewell tour in the UK and US, the group disbanded later in the year.
The Damned's breakup was short-lived, however, as they embarked on a reunion tour just two years later.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. 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. 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.
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.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. 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. She was replaced by Stu West, a former bandmate of Pinch's in English Dogs. 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.
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.Following the album's touring cycle, Pinch left in October 2019.
|Image||Name||Years active||Instruments||Release contributions|
| Dave Vanian |
|1976–present||lead vocals||all the Damned releases|
| Captain Sensible |
| Monty Oxymoron |
|1996–present||all the Damned releases from Grave Disorder (2001) onwards, except Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)|
|Image||Name||Years active||Instruments||Release contributions|
| Brian James |
| Rat Scabies |
|Robert "Lu" Edmonds||1977–1978||Music For Pleasure (1977) "The Captains Birthday Party" (1986) & "Not The Captains Birthday Party" (1986)|
|Jon Moss||drums||"The Captains Birthday Party" (1986) & "Not The Captains Birthday Party" (1986)|
|Alasdair "Algy" Ward||1979–1980|
|Alan Lee Shaw|
|Jason "Moose" Harris|
| Patricia Morrison |
|Andrew "Pinch" Pinching||1999–2019||all the Damned releases from Grave Disorder (2001) onwards, except Live at the 100 Club 6/7/76 (2007)|
|Stu West||2004–2017||bass||all 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)|
|Dave Berk||1977||drums||Berk temporarily toured with the Damned after the departure of Rat Scabies, before the arrival of Jon Moss.|
| Lemmy |
|1978 (died 2015)||bass||Lemmy performed bass at a number of shows at which the band was dubbed "Les Punks", following their breakup.|
|Gary Holton||1978 (died 1985)||lead vocals||Holton temporarily substituted for regular vocalist Dave Vanian during a tour of Scotland in December 1978.|
|Paul "Astroturf" Scott||1980–1981||keyboards||Scott joined the Damned as their first live keyboardist in late 1980 for the tour in promotion of The Black Album .|
|Pete Saunders||1981||After Scott was unable to commit to future shows, he was replaced in the touring lineup by Saunders in July 1981.|
|Tosh||A keyboardist called Tosh was initially recruited to take over from Saunders, however he was unable to join.|
|Steve McGuire||1984||After the departure of Captain Sensible, Roman Jugg switched to guitar and McGuire filled in on keyboards.|
|Paul "Shirley" Shepley||1985–1989||Shepley took over as live keyboardist after Captain Sensible's departure and Roman Jugg's switch to guitar.|
|Warren Renfrow||2002||bass||Renfrow temporarily replaced Patricia Morrison for a tour in 2002, after she left to "deal with a family illness".|
|Jon Priestley||2018||bass||Priestley temporarily replaced Paul Gray starting with the Vive Le Rock awards show and later tour dates.|
|Dave Ruffy||drums||Ruffy replaced Pinch, who was unavailable at the time, at the Vive Le Rock awards show on 28 March 2018.|
|June 1976 – August 1977|
|July – October 1977|
|October – November 1977||none|
|November 1977 – April 1978|
|Band inactive April 1978 – January 1979|
|January 1979 – February 1980|
|February 1980 – November 1981|
|November 1981 – March 1983|
|March 1983 – August 1984|
|August 1984 – May 1988|
|May 1988 – June 1989|
|June – December 1989||none|
|Band inactive December 1989 – September 1991|
|September 1991 – June 1992||none|
|June – July 1992|
|Band inactive July 1992 – December 1993|
|December 1993 – January 1996|
|February – September 1996||none|
|September 1996 – March 1999|
|March – August 1999|
|September 1999 – February 2004|
|February 2004 – September 2017|
|September 2017 – October 2019|
|October 2019 – present||none to date|
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.
Not of This Earth is the eighth studio album by The Damned. It is often called I'm Alright Jack & The Beanstalk.
The Black Album was the fourth album by the Damned, and the first to feature Paul Gray on bass guitar. It was released in 3 November 1980 on Chiswick as a double album, with "Curtain Call" filling the whole of side 3, and a selection of live tracks recorded at Shepperton Studios for Damned fan club members on side 4. The song "13th Floor Vendetta" paid tribute to the film The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), opening with the lyrics "...the organ plays to midnight on Maldine Square tonight".
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.
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".
Not to be confused with Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.
"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.
"Grimly Fiendish" is a single by the Damned, released in 1985.
"Is It a Dream?" was a single by the Damned, released 9 September 1985 on MCA.
"Anything" is a single by the Damned, released 6 November 1986 on MCA.
"In Dulce Decorum" was a single by the Damned, released 16 November 1987 on the MCA label.
"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.
"Live at Newcastle" is a live album by the Damned, released in 1983.
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.
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.