The Damned live review: The original punks show no signs of slowing down
Venue: Plymouth University Main Hall
Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian and co rattle off 40 years of classics to a psyched crowd of both old and young fans
On a frosty December night in Plymouth, The Damned are still fighting their corner in the punk wars. Always more theatrical, humorous, musically promiscuous and unashamedly melodic than more critically revered peers, the original pranksters of punk remain the misfit South London oiks at the back of the Anarchy tour bus, firing peashooters at the cool kids and mooning at passing motorists.
The Damned are a custard pie in the face of Britrock orthodoxy, an outsized cock and balls scrawled on the toilet wall of pop history. Once this infantile irreverence was a liability. Four decades later, it is arguably the band’s strongest selling point as they belatedly edge towards national treasure status.