The Black Album

The Damned - The Black Album
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'The Black Album' sees the band start the process of breaking away from the punk style, which at this stage must have felt as restrictive as a straight-jacket.

This release still boasts a few punk rippers (see 'Sick of This and That') but then you also have the gothic art rock of '13th Floor Vendetta' (which boasts rippling piano that recalls Mike Garson's contributions to Bowie tracks like 'Aladdin Sane') and the epic closer 'Curtain Call' which feels like proto post-punk.

It's one of ... read more


The Damned’s album “The Black Album” is a significant release in their discography as it marked a change in the band’s career and the expansion of their sound. This fourth studio album was released on November 3, 1980, by Chiswick as a double album, with the entirety of side three filled by "Curtain Call" and a selection of live tracks recorded at Shepperton Studios at a special concert for Damned fan club members on side four. The addition of Paul Gray on bass ... read more

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Track List

  1. Wait For The Blackout
  2. Lively Arts
  3. Silly Kids Games
  4. Drinking About My Baby
  5. Twisted Nerve
  6. Hit Or Miss
  7. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
  8. Sick Of This And That
  9. History Of The World Part 1
  10. 13th Floor Vendetta
  11. Therapy
  12. Curtain Call
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Added on: January 26, 2015