166 – The Damned – New Rose (1976)
Written by Brian James
Produced by Nick Lowe
Label – Stiff
The first British punk single, released a month before The Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy In The U.K.”, never charted. It received limited airplay, either via TV or radio. Why one considers, is it regarded in such high esteem given its relatively low profile? Part of its universal acclaim, is that it cost about 50 quid to make, passionately delivered at hurricane pace, by a band of scruffy Londoners that working class teenagers could relate to. These were the kind of guys they’d see in the pub or dole queue. The long haired, cape wearing figures that delivered 12 minute keyboard solo’s were from a tired, fat, bored and antiseptic musical world.
Writer Brian James picked up the main reason for its longevity though.“Here was a song I’d written, and it sounded absolutely magnificent. If I was to fall down a fucking hole and never play again, I’d have that. If it all stopped tomorrow I’d be so proud of actually having made a record that sounds so fucking good.”