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Croydon, England (1976 – present)

The Damned are a group originally from Croydon, England, a suburb of London, who were formed in 1976. Despite being one of the definitive early bands they were also one of the most ambitious; with their later albums moving away from the breakneck sound of their debut and taking in elements from and to and .

They are notable for being the first of the British punk bands to release a single, put out an album, and tour the United States. Their debut album, Damned Damned Damned, was released six months before The Sex Pistols’ debut, Never Mind The Bollocks.

The Damned have dissolved and reformed many times, with singer Dave Vanian remaining the sole constant. They have incorporated many styles in their music, most notably , music, the British of Screaming Lord Sutch and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and New Romantic.

In addition to serving as inspiration for many of the young bands who created in the US, The Damned are also generally regarded as one of the founders of music.

Original members Dave Vanian (David Lett), Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns), and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) were all members of the semi-legendary Masters of the Backside which included future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.

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