In addition to serving as inspiration for many of the young bands who created hardcore punk in the US, The Damned are also generally regarded as one of the founders of goth 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. Original guitarist Brian James (Brian Robertson) was a member of the early punk band London SS, a unit that never played live, but whose members later found fame in bands including The Clash and Generation X. Rat Scabies was also tried as the drummer for London SS, but was rejected. Maintaining the goth connection, between 1996 and 2004 the bass guitarist of the Damned was one-time the Sisters of Mercy / the Sisterhood / Gun Club member Patricia Morrison. Morrison married Dave Vanian in 1996 but left the band after the birth of their daughter Emily. She originally joined the band after bassist Paul Grey was injured during a concert. Discography: Damned, Damned, Damned – February 25, 1977 (# 36) Music For Pleasure – November 18, 1977 Machine Gun Etiquette – November 2, 1979 (# 31) The Black Album – October 20, 1980 (# 29) Strawberries – October 1, 1982 (# 15) Phantasmagoria – July 15, 1985 (# 11) Anything – December 5, 1986 (# 40) Not of This Earth – November 11, 1995 (Retitled I'm Alright Jack & The Beanstalk in the UK, Germany and Sweden) Grave Disorder – August 21, 2001 So, Who's Paranoid? – October 28, 2008 As Naz Nomad and the Nightmares Give Daddy the Knife Cindy - 1984 Read more on Last.fm.
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