The Damned is a London punk rock band. Formed in 1976, the band now consists of Dave Vanian (vocals, theremin 1976–present) Captain Sensible − guitar (1976–1984, 1989, 1991, 1996–present); bass (1976–1978), Monty Oxy Moron − keyboards (1996–present), Stu West − bass (2005–present) and Pinch drums (1999–present).
The band has had a number of members over the last 36 years and originally started out as a punk rock band which later evolved into leading gothic rock band.
The Damned was created by a combination of different rocks band. Famously Dave Vanian was the chosen frontman after Sid Vicious failed to turn up for the audition and also featured future Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde as well as Brian James (who subsequently left ).
The Damned rose to fame by playing with the likes of the Sex Pistols at the infamous 100 Club in central London and the band released the seminal record – “New Label” which would put them on the map. In 1977 The Damned went on to be the very first British Punk band to tour the US and led to a West Coast invasion of post-punk music. They also went to support the legendary T-Rex on their final tour.
Unfortunately for the band, their second album Music For Pleasure did not go down well with the public and the band subsequently broke up for the first time, only reforming with new band members. During the ‘80s The Damned released their only album “Strawberries” and featured new keyboardist Roman Jugg. Captain Sensible was at this time splitting his time between his own solo work and another band and was not featured at live shows.
Signing with new label MCA, The Damned went on to have better success with the singles "Grimly Fiendish" and "The Shadow Of Love" from their album Phantasmagoria (1985).
In the 1990s, the band reformed properly with a new line-up: Scabies, Vanian, guitarists Kris Dollimore (formerly of The Godfathers), Alan Lee Shaw, bassist Moose Harris and later bassist Paul Gray, who was later replaced by Patricia Morrison.
In 2001 a new record deal with Nitro Records owned by second-generation punk musician and longtime The Damned fan, vocalist Bryan Holland, allowed the band to continue to produce music; Grave Disorder(2001) and So, Who's Paranoid? (2008).