|Machine Gun Etiquette|
|Studio album by|
|Released||2 November 1979|
|Recorded||March–May and July–August 1979 in London, England|
|The Damned chronology|
|Singles from Machine Gun Etiquette|
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.
The album was the group's first since reforming with a new lineup of Dave Vanian on vocals, Captain Sensible on lead guitar, Rat Scabies on drums and Tank frontman Algy Ward on bass guitar. On Machine Gun Etiquette, the band brought more variety to their usual punk rock to add wide-ranging influences from pop and rhythm and blues.The album also features more fast paced punk tracks, and has been cited as a 'proto-hardcore' record crucial for the later rise of hardcore punk into the 1980s.
The voice at the album's start is Jack Howarth, taken from his 1971 album 'Ow Do, a recording of Lancastrian monologues.The mispronounced album name would later be used in fusion with Thee Headcoats name as the Japanese band name Thee Michelle Gun Elephant by their former bassist.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|
AllMusic's retrospective review reported that when it was released, Machine Gun Etiquette was "deservedly hailed as another classic from the band". The website praised the variety of styles explored and the group's typically strong wit.Scott Rowley of Classic Rock magazine, reviewing the 25th Anniversary Edition of the album, defined it as "a riotous, ballsy rush of an album [...] the sound of a band coming into its own", adding that "while the Clash looked to America for inspiration, the Damned remained resolutely British", perhaps ironically given that the front cover depicted the band in a New York street scene at 704 7th Avenue, New York City.
All tracks are written by Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian and Algy Ward, except as noted.
|2.||"Machine Gun Etiquette"||1:48|
|3.||"I Just Can't Be Happy Today"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Giovanni Dadomo||3:42|
|5.||"Antipope"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Phillip Burns||3:21|
|7.||"Plan 9 Channel 7"||5:08|
|8.||"Noise, Noise, Noise"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Jennet Ward||3:10|
|9.||"Looking at You" (MC5 cover)||Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Dennis Thompson, Rob Tyner||5:08|
|11.||"Smash It Up (Part 1)"||1:59|
|12.||"Smash It Up (Part 2)"||2:53|
|13.||"Ballroom Blitz" (B-side, Sweet cover)||Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn||3:30|
|15.||"Rabid (Over You)" (B-side)||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Andy Le Vien||3:41|
|16.||"White Rabbit (Extended Version)" (Non-album single)||Grace Slick||5:13|
|2.||"Machine Gun Etiquette"||1:48|
|3.||"I Just Can't Be Happy Today"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Dadomo||3:42|
|5.||"Anti-Pope"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Burns||3:21|
|7.||"Plan 9 Channel 7"||5:08|
|8.||"Noise, Noise, Noise"||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Ward||3:10|
|9.||"Looking at You" (MC5 cover)||Davis, Kramer, Smith, Thompson, Rob Tyner||5:08|
|11.||"Smash It Up (Parts 1 & 2)"||5:11|
|12.||"Love Song (Ed Hollis Version)" (previously unissued)||2:03|
|13.||"Noise, Noise, Noise (Ed Hollis Version)" (B-side)||Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward, Ward||3:25|
|15.||"Smash It Up (Part 2) (Backing Track - Singalonga Damned)" (previously unissued)||2:56|
|16.||"Smash It Up (Part 4)" (previously unissued)||1:57|
|18.||"I Just Can't Be Happy Today (DJ Edit)" (single version)||3:00|
|19.||"Ballroom Blitz" (B-side)||Chapman, Chinn||3:28|
|20.||"Turkey Song" (B-side)||1:32|
|21.||"Plan 9, Channel 7 (Video clip)" (previously unissued Chiswick video recording)||6:18|
Credits adapted from the 25th Anniversary Edition liner notes.
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