Thursday, May 11, 2006

Damned Bloody Bunker

I heart the Damned, especially their music on the albums Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album, and Strawberries. Sometime during this golden era, under the name Naz Nomad and the Nightmares, the Damned recorded a mock soundtrack to an imaginary psychedelic 60's film called Give Daddy the Knife, Cindy. The "soundtrack" was released in 1984, a year before XTC did their Dukes of Stratosphear album. "Cold Turkey" is an electrifying blues-rock workout, with hysterical raving by Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies drum bashing, and squealing guitar solos from Captain Sensible. It's not a cover of the John Lennon song about drug withdrawal; this song is apparently an ode to deli meats and "stinky cheese", and "P.Miller" is the songwriter listed on the vinyl label.

Not to be confused with the Hendrix warhorse "Hey Joe", Captain Sensible recorded this "Hey Jo" (without the "e" and without playing any guitar) for the Wargasm compilation (1982). It is an anti-war synth-pop tune, and I don't think it's available anywhere else. "Hey Jo" is sung from the perspective of two British survivors of a nuclear conflict between the US and Russia. Remember when we worried about the Russians? Good times, those.

Kids, both of these songs have real pops and clicks in them from real vinyl played on a turntable. These aren't "glitch" versions.

Naz Nomad and the Nightmares: Cold Turkey

Captain Sensible: Hey Jo


At 5/13/2006 2:27 PM , Blogger 2fs said...

Bandongo (if I spelled that nonsense-name right) doesn't appear to work in Firefox. It worked fine in IE.

At 5/20/2006 3:10 AM , Anonymous Peecat said...

I lent my Naz Nomad record to someone ages ago and forgot to ask for it back. Thanks for reminding me that I must now hunt that someone down and kill them. And then ask them to return the record.

At 5/23/2006 11:16 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Give Peecat the knife, Cindy!


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