20 Day Music Challenge – Day 6

I’ve been asked by Wavey Dave Howarth to participate in a 20 day music challenge about LPs that influenced my musical tastes enduringly.

One album per day for 20 days – and I’m behind already, of course, so let’s catch up…

Day 6 – The Damned – Phantasmagoria

Once again the Damned album I have the deepest connection with isn’t their best record at all (Damned Damned Damned or Machine Gun Etiquette for my taste). It’s not even the first Damned album I bought – that was The Black Album, but that one is far trippier and whilst I always liked it, it took longer for me to fully get into.

Phantasmagoria was ground breaking in that most of the original band had left – including Captain Sensible – and Dave Vanian took the band in a VERY different direction, basically inventing goth rock along the way. Style wise he dumped the gravedigger look, bought shares in Aquanet, dyed a skunk stripe in his hair and invested in some pirate shirts, which somehow he made work!

Highlight on the album for me is Grimly Fiendish, a weird harpsichord-led romp based on an obscure kid’s cartoon. I still love it. Street Of Dreams is great as well, Shadow Of Love, Sanctum Sanctorum, and the ultra catchy Is it A Dream. Great stuff.

Shane Pinnegar
Shane Pinnegar is an author, chef and music/pop culture writer who lives in Western Australia. He has a lovely wife, two rambunctious dogs with no respect for personal space, especially on the sofa or bed, twenty-something koi, a flock of itinerate galahs who visit regularly, and a never-comprehensive-enough rock n' roll record collection.

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