The English rock band that was founded in London, England in 1976 by the band name “The Damned” released a music video for “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow”. The outstanding music video is directed by Dan Axtell. The cinematic music video is one of a kind grounded on dull colour background with amazing characters and magnificent objects, supported by the anthemic sound of music and male vocals.
The band is earlier made up of Dave Vanian as the lead vocalist, Brian James as guitarist and Captain Sensible as bassist and later guitarist, and Rat Scabies as the drummer.
They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to drop a single, “New Rose” (1976), drop an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.
The band briefly broke up after Music for Pleasure (1977), the follow-up to their first album, was critically dismissed. They quickly reformed without Brian James, and released Machine Gun Etiquette (1979). In the 1980s they released four studio albums, The Black Album (1980), Strawberries (1982), Phantasmagoria (1985), and Anything (1986). The latter two albums did not feature Captain Sensible, who had left the band in 1984. In 1988, James and Sensible rejoined to play what was said to be the Damned’s final live show. This was released the next year as the live album Final Damnation.
The Damned again reformed for a tour in 1991. In 1995, they released a new album, Not of This Earth, which was Scabies’s last with the band. This was followed by Grave Disorder (2001), and their most recent album, So, Who’s Paranoid? (2008).
Despite passing through countless lineup changes, the formation of Vanian, Sensible, keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, drummer Pinch and bassist Stu West had been together from 2004 until Stu West left the band in 2017 and Paul Gray rejoined, having been part of the band in the 1980s.
The band is famous for being one of the first gothic rock bands and a major influence on the goth subculture with lead singer Dave Vanian’s vampire themed costume and dark lyrics being major influences.
The Damned influenced future hardcore punk bands with their fast-paced, energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, they helped to spearhead the punk movement in the United Kingdom. They are sometimes referred to as British punk’s “band of firsts,” having made accomplishments stated earlier, as well as other “firsts” like the first punk band to disband and come back.