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Playlist 25.04.11

Stuart Bailie | 22:44 UK time, Tuesday, 26 April 2011

I didn't see The Damned during their first incarnation, but for a brief time, they journeyed as The Doomed. It was this line-up that played The Pound in Belfast, around 1979. Dave Vanian on vocals, Captain Sensible on guitar and Rat Scabies on drums. They had lost their songwriter Brian James, but like some of the great rock and roll institutions, they were learning how to compensate, maybe even improve.

The Pound was a famously crummy venue, but they made the most of those cramped conditions. Vanian was swinging from the rafters, a natural behaviour for his vampire persona. The Captain spent most of the gig scrounging ciggies from the punters and I recall that Scabies was an absolute gent afterwards, talking squarely to us all. They played the hits, including 'New Rose', the original punk rock single from 1976 and all we left elated.


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Mondays, ten - midnight

The Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789 (Spectrum)
Smith Westerns - Dance Away (Weird World)
Anthony Toner - East Of Louise (Dozens of Cousins)
Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach An Old Dog (PIAS)
Anthony Toner - All Of The Above (Dozens of Cousins)
Gruff Rhys - Honey All Over (Turnstyle)
Steve Earle - Waitin' On The Sky (New West)
Cashier No 9 - Flick Of The Wrist (Bella Union)
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On (Full Time Hobby)
Booker T Jones - Representing Memphis (Anti)
Emmylou Harris - Six White Cadillacs (Nonesuch)
The Hot 8 Brass Band - I'll Fly Away (Tru)


Part Two
The Damned - Smash It Up (MCA)
The Decemberists - This Is Why We Fight (Rough Trade)
The Waterboys - Old England (EMI)
Shirley Lee - And Old Cricketer (For John Peel) (Missing)
Steve Earle - This City (New West)
One Sixth Of Tommy - The Pact (Helium)
Josh T Pearson - Woman, When I've Raised Hell (Mute)
Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (Warner)
Chris Spedding - Guitar Jamboree (EMI)
J Mascis - Is It It Done (Sub Pop)
Ben Glover - Trick Of The Light (Ben Glover)
Other Lives - For 12 (PIAS)
John Grant - Where Dreams Go To Die (Bella Union)
And So I Watch You From Afar - 7 Billion People All Alive At Once (Richter Collective)

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