Since the Damned did most of their best work at Stiff Records, the appearance of a comprehensive collection like Skip Off School to See the Damned (The Stiff Singles A's & B's) is long overdue. It only contains 11 songs, several of which are on the seminal Damned, Damned, Damned, but almost all of them are dynamite, capturing the band are their rawest and catchiest. It's an ideal choice for casual fans who want to dig a little deeper than the debut but don't want to sort through their uneven follow-ups. For collectors, it's nice to have these all in one place, especially since the liner notes feature the fronts and backs of the original picture sleeves.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine