The Damned

New Rose

Composed by Brian James

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And thus U.K. punk was born, in the simplest but most brilliant of ways, with Brian James' deathless anthem of nuclear-strength romantic angst untroubled by bad vibes. Dave Vanian's timeless intro says it all -- "Is she really going out with him?" -- then Rat Scabies' pounding drums, full-bodied and holding nothing back but swinging with all the skill one could want, lead things along. James' quick, blasting riffs rip into the mix, three sudden notes, a barked "UH!" and the spirit of 1977 was launched on vinyl. As legendary (and deserving of it) as "Anarchy in the UK" and "White Riot," "New Rose" is pure disaffected cool, the lyrics just smart enough -- "I got a feeling inside of me!/A funny feeling like a stormy sea." Vanian's singing carries over and through the chaotic noise of the band -- Scabies' cymbals seemingly even louder than the guitars -- for instant singalong appeal. Captain Sensible's bass completes the picture, the perfect counterpoint for the perfect song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Damned Damned Damned 1977 BMG / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 2:42
No Image 1977 Cleopatra
The Best of the Damned [Roadrunner] 1981 Roadrunner Records 1:59
The Light at the End of the Tunnel 1987 MCA 2:39
21 Years of Alternative Radio 1 1988
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Strange Fruit 2:44
The Stiff Records Box Set 1992
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Rhino 2:44
D.I.Y.: Anarchy in the UK: UK Punk I (1976-77) 1993
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Rhino 2:45
Your Generation: 18 Punk & New Wave Classics 1994
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Music Collection 2:45
Fiendish Shadows 1996 Cleopatra 3:01
Anarchy, Angst & Bollocks: UK Punk Anthology 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:37
The Shit Factory: Greatest Punk Swindle [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:40
Silver Jubilee: Twenty-Five Years of Punk 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:40
Gothic Madness 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 3:01
The Entire History of Punk 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:39
Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987 2002 Castle Music Ltd. 2:45
Singles 2002 Castle Music Ltd. 1:03
Punk: The Jubilee 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Neat Neat Neat: The Alternative Anthology 2004 Demon Duplicate (UK) 2:44
CBGB Forever 2007
Various Artists
Wicked Cool 2:42
Kat's Karavan: The History of the John Peel Show 2009
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Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:49
Born Stiff: The Stiff Records Collection 2010
Various Artists
Salvo 2:44
Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979 2016
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Cherry Red 2:44
No Image
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Stiff Records
No Image
Various Artists
Stiff Records