Friday, October 28, 2011

An early Halloween with The Damned

The Damned's Dave Vanian live in Seattle. Vincent Price anyone? (Andy photos)

Happy Halloween weekend, punkers and goths.

Before launching into "Wait for the Blackout" from The Damned's "The Black Album" last Thursday night at the Showbox Market in Seattle, guitarist Captain Sensible noted that singer Dave Vanian penned some songs on that album that may have inspired the goth style.

Spot on Mr. Sensible, and thanks for the night.

The band -- rounded out by Stu West on bass, Pinch on drums and Monty Oxy Moron on keyboards -- ripped through its first album and then "Black," and added "Melody Lee," "Love Song" and "Anti-Pope" from the equally brilliant "Machine Gun Etiquette" album to close out the evening.

The energy level was so high during that final trio of songs, maybe they should have rolled right through "Machine Gun" and into "Strawberries," both There's Something Hard in There favorites, as well.

"Phantasmagoria" took the goth thing even further ... so maybe next Halloween we'll get some of that.

"35 years ..." Vanian mused during a break between songs with a shake of the head, referring to the band's lengthy and glorious existence.

Old age... be damned.
Vanian and Sensible


  1. They were awesome in Chicago. I hope I get to see them play some time again. They may have been better than the Descendents at Riot Fest.


  2. Nice review. I wish they would've played "Melody Lee" instead of "Eloise" at the Irving Plaza show in NYC. If you do this again, they should do Machine Gun Etiquette and Strawberries!