DOC: The Damned – Smash it Up (Rare Footage)

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DOC: The Damned – Smash it Up (Rare Footage).

Clip from an ITV programme ‘What’s wrong with the Seventies?’ Featuring Glen Matlock and some Sex Pistols footage then finishing with Rat Scabies and The Damned.

Also in the audience is Noddy Holder (Slade), Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69), Les McEwen (Bay City Rollers), Bob Harris (Whistle Test) and the disgraced arsehole that is Jonathon King.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE DAMNED – “New Rose”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE DAMNED – “New Rose”

And thus U.K. punk was born, in the simplest but most brilliant of ways, with Brian James’ deathless anthem of nuclear-strength romantic angst untroubled by bad vibes.

As legendary as “Anarchy in the UK” and “White Riot,” “New Rose” is pure disaffected cool, the lyrics just smart enough — “I got a feeling inside of me!/A funny feeling like a stormy sea.” Vanian’s singing carries over and through the chaotic noise of the band — Scabies’ cymbals seemingly even louder than the guitars — for instant singalong appeal. Captain Sensible’s bass completes the picture, the perfect counterpoint for the perfect song.