Punk Band Photos: The Damned, Virgin Records, Liverpool 1977.
Above Photo: Captain Sensible in Liverpool, December 1977.
I took these photos of the Damned in Virgin Records, St John’s Market, Liverpool on 8 December 1977, the night after we’d seen them play live at Liverpool University’s Mountford Hall.
It was only my second ever Punk gig (the first was The Stranglers), and they were supported by US band The Dead Boys. It’s safe to say I was blown away by the gig, and also deeply impressed that I could actually meet the band in the flesh the following day.
Looking back, that was one great thing about the Punk Revolution – the accessibility of bands. There was none of this Prima Donna shit that had gone on before. It was an incredible experience for me as a just-turned 16 year old Punk to see these already-famous bands then meet them in person the following day or immediately after the gigs.
I skived off school so I could see them turn up for the signing that day, and also got them to sign a sticker advertising their recently-released Music For Pleasure album. That signed sticker still adorns my Punk singles collection box.
I don’t think drummer Rat Scabies was with them for the signing, or at least I have no surviving photos of him, and no autographs either, although their then-other guitarist Lu (short for ‘Lunatic’) Edmonds, was with them and he also signed the above sticker.
I was never a big fan of the Music For Pleasure album. I always thought The Damned were far better live onstage than on record – and that album confirmed it to me. I only recently discovered that Nick Mason, a member of Pink Floyd, had produced it.
This is my favourite track off Music For Pleasure.