Captain Sensible

Smash It Up, Part 4

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An interesting idea, this: to get the good captain to cough up the original reel-to-reel demo tapes of the four original parts of Smash It Up (only two of which were recorded by the Damned for their 1979 Machine Gun Etiquette punk classic, and one released solo). Stored in an attic for two decades, the recording quality is merely OK, but it's interesting to hear the entire four parts all stuck together, one big, flexible moving suite full of bits of different emotions, of which the only punk bit (in fact, the only part with vocals), part two, was the one eventually extracted for the Damned's U.K. number 35 hit single. Three more demos on the back, for "The Cow," "Singalongasensible," and another eventual Damned 1979 U.K. hit, the number 20 "Love Song," round out the package with quirky drum machine and Sensible's distinctive backing vocals. Not essential, but fun.