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THE DAMNED

According to Wikipedia: "The Damned are a punk rock group originally from Croydon, England, a suburb of London, formed in 1976. They are notable for being the first of the British punk bands to release a single, put out an album, and tour the United States. Original members Dave Vanian (David Lett), Captain Sensible (Ray Burns), and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) were all members of the semi-legendary Masters of the Backside which included future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. The Damned have dissolved and reformed many times, with singer Dave Vanian remaining the sole constant."

These photos were taken at a college town club, Merlyn's, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA in February, 1982. I recall that Captain Sensible was loose and clownish, encouraging the sparse winter crowd to spit on him. - HG

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