Music for Pleasure (The Damned album)

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Music for Pleasure
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Studio album by
Released18 November 1977
RecordedAugust 1977
Studio Britannia Row Studios, London
Genre Punk rock, art punk
Label Stiff
Producer Nick Mason
The Damned chronology
Damned Damned Damned
Music for Pleasure
Machine Gun Etiquette

Music for Pleasure is the second studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released on 18 November 1977 by Stiff Records.



Music for Pleasure was produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. The Damned originally sought out former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett, but were unsuccessful due to his reclusive lifestyle. In a brief interview for the documentary The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015), Mason reported the band were accustomed to a much faster recording schedule than he was familiar with from Pink Floyd. The Damned hoped to record several songs on their first day in studio, when Nick Mason would still be fine-tuning the microphone set-up and tuning the drums.

The album featured new member Lu Edmunds on guitar alongside original guitarist Brian James, as well as guest saxophonist Lol Coxhill.

The album was the last album-length studio release to feature James, who would rejoin the band in the late '80s and early '90s for a live album and studio single. It was also the group's final album release on Stiff. On this album, the band moved into more complex song structures, while maintaining the punk sound of their debut album.

The sleeve was designed by Barney Bubbles (including the cover painting).


Released on 18 November 1977, Music for Pleasure failed to make the UK Top 100 album chart.[ citation needed ]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
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At the time of its release, Music for Pleasure was dismissed by critics as a poor misstep. [1] In a contemporary review, Sounds writer Peter Silverton compared the album to the second albums by the Jam and the Stranglers, where the formula was to "repeat the first album with a few minor modifications, more considered production but almost inevitably with less freshness of impact." [3] He also noted that "mostly they have really extended on the four-piece Wall of Sound style of their first album. And it's not just that they've added a sax player on one track and a second guitarist in the form of the monosyllabic Lu". [3] Silverton responded to negative reception of the album, noting that "they've already been written off by many who should know better but like Mr. Vanian shouts on 'Don't Cry Wolf': 'Don't cry wolf, don't be a fool'". [3]

Trouser Press opined: "With added guitarist Lu Edmonds and no audible stylistic plan, the attack sounds blunted, and there aren't as many great songs as on the first LP. [...] Music for Pleasure doesn't live up to the title." [4] AllMusic's retrospective review was more enthusiastic, deeming the album "a respectable punk artifact", though also "more a historical document than a great LP". [1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Brian James, except as noted.

Side A
1."Problem Child"James, Rat Scabies 2:13
2."Don't Cry Wolf" 3:15
3."One Way Love" 3:44
4."Politics" 2:26
5."Stretcher Case"James, Scabies1:52
6."Idiot Box" Captain Sensible, Scabies5:00
Side B
1."You Take My Money" 2:04
2."Alone" 3:37
3."Your Eyes"James, Dave Vanian 2:53
4."Creep (You Can't Fool Me)" 2:12
5."You Know" 5:05
CD reissue bonus tracks
12."Help" (Beatles cover) John Lennon, Paul McCartney 1:43
13."Sick of Being Sick" 2:30
14."Singalong a Scabies"Scabies1:01


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