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Machine Gun Etiquette

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From the theatrical (and rather dark) circus music of These Hands to the dramatic, epic big screen rock of Plan Nine Channel Seven, MGE contains numerous examples of The Damned fixing the problem of their earlier work by providing variety and surprises. Despite being one of the definitive early punk bands they were also one of the most ambitious; with their later albums moving away from gothic rock to psychedelic rock. Originally released in 1979 - this legendary album was the first from the revised line-up of Capt, Rat, Dave and Algy. Noise Noise Noise and Liar are not as experimental, and are typical punk songs, but not in weak terms at all. The track/album starts with an intro from none other than Corrie’s Jack Howarth (Albert Tatlock) saying ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, how do?

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On Machine Gun Etiquette, The Damned reformed to produce a contrasting album of not so serious two minute classics (see Love Song, Melody Lee etc. PS - I see that this has been released in a 'Deluxe' version - does it improve the slightly dodgy production? There's still the quirkiness (ahem, 'These Hands') that hints the band might end up heading in a very different direction in the near future, though nothing is overtly 'gothic' at this stage - just a hint of the perverse in a similar fashion to say, The Doors.Title track ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ features much harder and chaotic instrumentation akin to Lemmy Kilmister’s Motorhead, as well as an apocalypse style riff which falls in and out of the spotlight throughout. Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon also appear on the album, which showcases cover versions of songs by MC5.

The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette (1986, CD) - Discogs The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette (1986, CD) - Discogs

Notable line up changes occurred prior to recording the album and during their hiatus in 1978; Founding guitarist Brian James left the band reasoning for original bassist Captain Sensible to switch to guitar. Purchased new copy yesterday and no issues w/A1, however, there's a steady tick at the start of Smash It Up (Part 1) B5, that fades as the song progresses. Chiswick Records saw what a live draw they were and picked them up, initially with a one-off deal for the ‘Love Song’ single.There is more musical richness in the compositions without losing a bit of the strength, the grit and the madness that they had inside. Now with a massively successful US tour opening for sweet soul darlings Thee Sacred Souls behind him, 2023 is sure to be a propitious year for Daptone's newest signee.

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