Album: Machine Gun Etiquette, 1979
Justification: I suspect that if I let myself, I’d rather like the Damned. The problem is that by the time I learned of their existence they’d just released ‘Grimly Fiendish’, which marked the point that they’d really stopped being a punk band and leapt headlong into goth, and then of course there was their cover of ‘Eloise’ just around the corner. However, this single was and is a brilliant song – though I’d love to know how long it took them to rehearse all the changes. Not even the Offspring could ruin it, although god knows they tried.
It’s come back to mind thanks to a massive clean out of old records in the APS-owned garage during this family visit, which revealed the still-superb Shake Some Action compilation which includes this track, and which I suspect will be providing a lot of SYSRTBIIA entries to come.
Incidentally, the bassist in the band at this point was Algy Ward, late of the Saints.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: Eh, it’s the 1979 archive for you, pal.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…