The History of the World (Part 1)

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"The History of the World (Part 1)"
Single by The Damned
from the album The Black Album
  • "I Believe the Impossible"
  • "Sugar and Spite"
ReleasedSeptember 1980
Genre New wave
Label Chiswick
CHIS 125
Songwriter(s) Rat Scabies/Captain Sensible/Paul Gray/Dave Vanian
Producer(s) Hans Zimmer, The Damned
The Damned singles chronology
"White Rabbit"
"The History of the World (Part 1)"
"There Ain't No Sanity Clause"

"The History of the World (Part 1)" is a single by the Damned, released in 1980 on Chiswick Records. It was co-produced by the band with Hans Zimmer and was included on the band's The Black Album . [1] The record was released in both 7" and 12" formats, and reached No. 51 in the UK Singles Chart. [2]


Critical reception

Writing in Smash Hits magazine, reviewer David Hepworth wrote, "The Damned seem to be making overtures to the mainstream, knocking timidly on the door of daytime radio and asking to be let in. With keyboards to the fore instead of the usual guitars, this is not unlike the kind of half baked effort you'd expect from Supertramp, if they were trying to grab a bit of new wave credibility". [3]

Production credits


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  2. "History of the World". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
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