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The Damned: The Black Album

Album Review

Goth-punks’ magnum opus on three discs.

Well, I don’t know about yours, but my original vinyl is scratched to absolute buggery. Regularly ripped from its sleeve as soundtrack to countless post-pub carouses, its fourth side (recorded before fan club members at Shepperton) crackles and spits with the intensity of a full English breakfast, particularly as it lurches from Love Song to Second Time Around. Unsurprising, when you consider that it still bears various sticky reminders of early 80s Special Brew and Merrydown spillage.

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