The Damned (on MCA)

8-29-12          The Damned (on MCA)

Charlie Parker born 1920; 8-29-81 John Foxx “Europe (After The Rain)” 45 charts at No. 40 in England.

The Damned, the venerable British “punk” act had a run on MCA UK in ’85-’87; their numbering series was appropriately called “ GRIM ”.

GRIM 1           Grimly Fiendish (March 1985)

GRIM 2           The Shadow of Love (June 1985)

GRIM 3           Is It A Dream? (September 1985)

GRIM 4           Eloise (January 1986)

GRIM 5           Anything (Niovember 1986)

GRIM 6           Gigolo (January 1987)

GRIM 7           Alone Again Or (April 1987)

GRIM 8           In Dulce Decorum (November 1987)

I own an example of each, except for GRIM 2.  That one has slipped through my fingers.  GRIM 7 was an early CD Single, packaged in a 7” sleeve.  GRIM 3 has live tracks on the 12” single.  Several are colored vinyl (or picture discs).  GRIM 4 got released as a single in Japan.

I am OK with the 2 x MCA albums by The Damned, “Phantasmagoria” and “Anything”.  I wonder why they pinched the title “Phantasmagoria” from a Curved Air LP?

Also of note on MCA was their excellent collection 2LP / 2CD set “Light At The End of the Tunnel”, as well as a factory-made home video music VHS of the same name – in England.

After the MCA era, next blip on The Damned radar was a live album (and DVD), “Final Damnation” in 1988 – 15 or 16 tracks, depending on which version crossed your path.

No, I don’t know if there was ever a GRIM 9.  However, 8 titles in a series isn’t an indigestible amount of stuff.  By 1992, Conoisseur Records in England made a CD of “MCA Singles A’s & B’s” – I suppose GRIM 1 – 8, with their 12” remixed A-sides would fill an entire CD.

1) Grimly Fiendish (Spic ‘N Span Mix)  2) Edward The Bear (Single Vers.)  3) The Shadow of Love (Pressure Mix)  4) Nightshift  5) Would You  6) Is It A Dream (Wild West Express Mix)  7) Curtain Call (Single Vers.)  8) Eloise  9) Beat Girl  10) Temptation  11) Anything (Another Mix)  12) The Year of the Jackyl  13) Gigolo (12” Remix Vers.)  14) The Portrait (Extended Vers.)  15) Alone Again Or (Mixed Again)  16) In Dulce Decorum (Extended Mix) – – Connoisseur Collection UK VSOPCD 174, 1992; 79:18 in my CD player.

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3 Responses to The Damned (on MCA)

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    “The Shadow Of Love” came in a scad of variants:
    GRIM2 – GF 7″:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-Edition-Premiere/release/3001501

    GRIMY2 – 2×7″:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-Edition-Premiere/release/583482

    GRIMT2 – 12″ [Pressure Mix/die cut cover]:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-The-Pressure-Mix/release/1319582

    GRIMX2 – 10″ [Ten Inches Of Hell Mix]:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-The-Ten-Inches-Of-Hell-Mix/release/826394

    Four non-LP B-sides over those editions! Hey Kids! Collect them all!!!

  2. postpunkmonk says:

    “The Shadow Of Love” came in a scad of variants:
    GRIM2 – GF 7″:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-Edition-Premiere/release/3001501

    GRIMY2 – 2×7″:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-Edition-Premiere/release/583482

    GRIMT2 – 12″ [Pressure Mix/die cut cover]:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-The-Pressure-Mix/release/1319582

    GRIMX2 – 10″ [Ten Inches Of Hell Mix]:
    http://www.discogs.com/Damned-The-Shadow-Of-Love-The-Ten-Inches-Of-Hell-Mix/release/826394

    Four non-LP B-sides over those editions! Hey Kids! Collect them all!!!

  3. postpunkmonk says:

    Why does only this post have comment moderation enabled?

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