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TV Tropes Page Of The DamnedThe Damned are one of the original British punk bands, although they have mutated beyond punk rock in the decades since they were first formed in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Dave Vanian (Vocals), Brian James (Guitar), Captain Sensible (Bass) and Rat Scabies (Drums). They released both the first British punk single (“New Rose”) and British punk album (Damned Damned Damned) before becoming the first British punk band to tour the United States. Interestingly enough they were not the first British punk band to break up (that was the Sex Pistols; the Damned were second) but they were the first to re-form. The subsequent line up had Captain Sensible replacing the departed Brian James on guitar and whatever bassist they could findnote Henry Badowski, Motorhead's Lemmy (!), Algy Ward, Paul Gray, Bryn Merrick, Jason Harris, The Sisters Of Mercy's Patricia Morrison, and Stu West that week replacing the Captain on the bottom section. It was during this period that the band - which thanks to their vampyric crooning frontman Vanian had always dabbled in the dark - began to take on a more gothic sound, which helped give birth to the Gothic Rock subgenre.The band broke up again in the early nineties but re-formed (again) in time for the new millennium and are of this article (July 2010) still performing and releasing music. The current line-up includes Vanian, Sensible, Monty Oxy Moron, Pinch and Stu West. Their current sound can be described as Gothic Neo-Psychedelic Punk Rock.In November 2012, the band were awarded the Classic Rock Outstanding Contribution Award for services to Rock music, possibly the first awardthey ever got in their long career.
Breakup Breakout: Sensible had a surprising bout of solo success in the 1980s (UK only), though he remained in the band until after Strawberries. He would eventually leave the band to focus on his solo work, but he returned in the late 90s.
Christmas Songs: "There Ain't No Sanity Clause", with tongue firmly in cheek.
Cloudcuckoolander: Sensible is an infamous looney. Vanian dressing as a vampire 24/7 made him come across as one as well.
Instrumentals: "Singalonga Scabies" (instrumental version of "Stab Your Back" from Damned Damned Damned, titled due to it being Scabies' song in the first place), "Smash It Up (Part 1)" (also rarely found part 3 and 4 and istrumental version of part 2, titled "Singalonga Damned"), "Trojans", "The Portrait".
The "Mine is a Large One Landlord" B-side, except for one clip of sped-up spoken word.
"New Rose" and "See Her Tonite" from Damned Damned Damned, "One Way Love" from Music for Pleasure, "Shadow of Love" from Phantasmagoria, non-album single "Eloise", "She" from Grave Disorder, "Little Miss Disaster" from So, Who's Paranoid?.
Naz Nomad and the Nightmares - A one-off Garage Rock and Psychedelic Rock album from the 1984 lineup made to look like a (fake) soundtrack album from 1967.
Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords - a Gothabilly project born out of the 1989 breakup. Last active in 1999.
The Sensible Gray Cells - A 2013 Psychedelic Rock collaboration between Captain Sensible and former bassist Paul Gray with drummer Ant Thickett.
Stage Names: Dave Vanian (David Lett), Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns), Rat Scabies (Christopher Millar), Monty Oxy Moron (Montgomery Gillan), Pinch (Andrew Pinching).note So yes, Stu West is the only current member who doesn't use one.
Vocal Evolution: Dave Vanian sounds differently on first three records, than on later material. Only from The Black Album era onwards, he started singing in that baritone croon he's known for today, and even that album featured some of that snarle-kind of singing present on previous albums.