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|"There Ain't No Sanity Clause"|
|Single by The Damned|
|Released||24 November 1980|
|Label|| Chiswick |
|Songwriter(s)||Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian, Giovanni Dadamo|
|The Damned singles chronology|
"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" was a single by the Damned, released in November 1980.
The song was a tongue-in-cheek rock song released with an eye on the lucrative UK Christmas singles market, but failed to chart.
The single was the last new material to be released by the band on Chiswick Records. However, Chiswick would continue to reissue singles by the Damned, culled from existing material on their Big Beat imprint, including "Wait for the Blackout", "Lively Arts", reissues of "Love Song" and "Smash It Up", and a remixed version of "There Ain't No Sanity Clause"with new lyrics, which reached No. 97 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1983.
The title and chorus of the song were derived from a scene in the Marx Brothers' 1935 movie A Night at the Opera , in which Groucho Marx attempts to explain the intricacies of a business contract to Chico Marx. When Groucho mentions the "sanity clause", Chico responds, "You can't fool me. There ain't no sanity clause!"
"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" was written with Giovanni Dadamo of the Snivelling Shits, who also recorded a version of the song which was included on CD reissues of their I Can't Come album.
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.
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"Problem Child" is a single by the Damned, released 28 September 1977 by Stiff Records as a preview for the band's second album, Music for Pleasure. The tracks were produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and were the first to be released featuring new member Lu Edmunds. The single again failed to chart in the official UK Top 75, though it did reach No. 27 on the NME chart, which used a different sample of record shops.
"Love Song" is a single by the Damned, released in April 1979. It was the first fruit of the reformed lineup's deal with Chiswick Records, boosted by four variant picture sleeves, each one featuring a member of the band, with an additional 20,000 copies pressed on red vinyl. Combined with radio airplay and a catchy song, this yielded the Damned's first hit, peaking at No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart, and leading to the band's debut on Top of the Pops.
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"The History of the World " 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. The record was released in both 7" and 12" formats, and reached No. 51 in the UK Singles Chart.
"Dozen Girls" is a single by the Damned, released 17 September 1982 on Bronze Records.
"Generals" is a single by the Damned, released in November 1982 on Bronze Records.
"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.
"Fun Factory" was a single by the Damned, released in January 1991 on Deltic Records.
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