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  • Machine Gun Etiquette

    • 8 out of 5
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    • Punk rock is mostly associated with three chords and a bad attitude, but the Damned were one of the few bands of the era bent on bringing musicianship and a good sense of humor to the scene. And while they never attained the legendary status of some of their contemporaries, the band is just as vital, influential, and probably even better than the rest. 1979's "Machine Gun Etiquette" is often regarded as the band's seminal record, brimming with energy and cynicism. The songs are catchy, entertaining, feature some great guitar work from lead guitarist, Captain Sensible, and spooky vocals from singer Dave Vanian. The album opener, "Love Song," begins with a spoken line from an elderly gentleman, "ladies and gentlemen, how do?" and fails to slow down until the end.

     

     

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