SINGLES RELEASED DURING MAY 1982

SINGLES RELEASED DURING MAY 1982: HITS AND MISSES 40 YEARS AGO

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CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – BIRTLEY AND SUNDERLAND – PART 23

CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – BIRTLEY AND SUNDERLAND – PART 23: DIGGING IN A BOX OF CHARITY SHOP RECORDS

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THE DAMNED – NEAT NEAT NEAT

THE DAMNED – “Neat Neat Neat” / “Stab Your Back” (Stiff Records BUY 10) February 1977 – The Damned “Neat Neat Neat” – This band is really kicking on every detail of its presentation. ‘Damned Damned Damned’ is too monochrome for me, but this demented Chuck Berry-goes-hooligan on a ‘Summertime’ riff makes an explosive two minutes.

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THE DAMNED – NEW ROSE

THE DAMNED – “New Rose” / “Help” (Stiff Records BUY 6) October 1976 – The Damned “New Rose” – shows that if you got what it takes you can work on a low budget and still whip ass. I wish that Nick Lowe – who produced this – had done for the Hot Rods.

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THE DAMNED – DAMNED, DAMNED, DAMNED

The Damned – “Damned, Damned, Damned” (Stiff Records SEEZ 1 ) February 1977 – Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to the world’s first 78 rpm album. At last, a recording that gives creedence to the claim that punk dos have a place in the hierarchical structure of contemporary music – at the top.

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THE DAMNED – PLAYING FAST AND LOUD

Life’s a rat’s life in The Damned. Boys! Lack confidence when girls are around? Your tongue gets twisted when you stumble up to her in a disco? All your buddies seem to pull but you can never get past sticky stutter syndrome?

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BLANK GENERATION OUT ON THE ROAD

Blank Generation on the road – Kenneth Anger called James Dean “a human ashtray”. Maybe he should have waited twenty years to see the self-inflicted fag burns on Rotten’s arms. “It’s my body and I’ll do what I want with it.”

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SEARCHING FOR RECORDS IN SUNDERLAND, NEWCASTLE & CHESTER-LE-STREET

Last Tuesday I got the bus to Sunderland. It was pissing down and I wasn’t exactly dressed for the weather so got wet and cold. Didn’t really enjoy the experience. First stop was HMV, inside the Bridges shopping centre. The usual over-priced albums on offer, racks full of DVD’s and computer games. One day I’ll go in there and actually buy something.

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