THE DAMNED - 'New Rose'/'Help' (Stiff Records 6) October 1976
The obvious place to start my new styled blog is with the very first punk rock single released in England during the back end of 1976.
The Damned hailed from London and were named by guitarist Brian James after a 1969 movie of the same name. both sides of this disc were recorded in a day during September '76 at London's Pathway Studios and produced by Nick Lowe who had been a member of 60s psych outfit Kippington Lodge then ended up forming Rockpile with Dave Edmunds.
'New Rose' is a blistering punk attack with drummer Rat Scabies' urgent pounding setting the pace for a breakneck surge of adolescent mayhem. Captain Sensible was once quoted as saying that 'New Rose' was recorded purely on speed and cider.
The flip is a rapid take of The Beatles hit 'Help' but about twice as fast as the original.
"Is she really going out with him?"