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Machine Gun Etiquette - 25th Anniversary Edition
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 1999
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For any enthusiast who is exploring the roots of punk rock, get this album - now! While maintaining all of the raw energy that fueled the groundbreaking "Damned Damned Damned" and harnessing the vision that shaped "Music For Pleasure", Machine Gun Etiquette has so many different dimensions and textures to it that it's hard to believe this is the same band performing on every track. That's what makes The Damned one of the best and most unique punk bands of all time.
From the ghoulish "These Hands" to the hard charging "Plan 9 Channel 7" and "Looking At You" to the raucous "Noise Noise Noise" to the Punk Anthem "Smash It Up" (originally banned in the U.K. when it was released), I guarantee you will find at least one song on this album that you won't ever be able to let go. Play "Machine Gun Etiquette" at your sister - LOUD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2000
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1979 started a new chapter in the history of the Damned. The release of the single 'Love Song' in April proved that they were back and better than ever! After disbanding in early 1978 it took them almost a year to wise up, put their differences aside and have a go at making music together. One difference though: Brian James wasn't in the picture this time around. A wise move was made in moving Captain Sensible to guitar and enlisting the help of former Saint's bassist Algy Ward.Could Vanian, Scabies and Sensible succeed minus their chief songwriter? The answer was a resounding YES! The result being the album 'Machine Gun Etiquette'. Released in November 1979, this record gave a middle finger response to all critics who had dismissed the group as a cartoonish caberet act. In my opinion it even rates up there with 'London Calling' and 'Unknown Pleasures' as one of the best post-punk albums of that era. The opener, the aforementioned 'Love Song' (a definitive Damned song, right up there with 'New Rose' and 'Neat Neat Neat'), grabs you by the throat and from there on in it only gets better: the full-speed-ahead thrash of the title track (complete with a breakdown strangely reminicent of Gary Glitter's 'Rock And Roll'), the poppy keyboard-driven 'I Just Can't Be Happy Today', straight-forward punk'n'roll numbers such as 'Noise Noise Noise', 'Liar', 'Melody Lee', and 'Antipope' (featuring a bongo jam in the middle!), the circus-like atmosphere of 'These Hands' and the quintesential live Damned song, a run through MC5's classic 'Looking At You'. 'Plan 9 Channel 7' is undoubtably a bonafide classic, as is 'Smash It Up', THE punk anthem of anthems. My words really can't do these tracks justice. This is so much more than a 'punk' album, with hints at psychedelia, goth, and even progressive rock. An added bonus is the extra tracks on the CD- covers of 'White Rabbit' and 'Ballroom Blitz' (featuring bass from none other than Lemmy from Mötorhead!), and two incredible b-sides, 'Rabid (Over You)', and 'Suicide'. My only complaint is that they left off 'Burglar' and 'The Turkey Song', but I digress. This is the Damned in top form, and they continued to be through two more albums, up until the unlikely departure of Captain Sensible. An album this great only comes along once in a great while.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2003
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This must be at least one of the 5 best punk albums ever. Back in 1970s, the Damned were one of the first bands to do punk. Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Bad Religion, all influenced by this great band. Get this album, now. Best song, definately Smash it Up. Plan 7, Channel 9 proves that Captain Sensible is the best punk guitarist ever. Really. Great bass from Ward, especially on Love Song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 1998
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One of the best freaking albums of all time. This was the start of the Damned's second time around which most of their hard core fans preferred to their original 1977 line up. Besides the three English charting singles "Love Song", "Smash it Up" and "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" there is also Dave Vanian's epic tribute to Vampira "Plan 9, Channel 7", a cover of the MC5's "Looking at You", and the manic "Anti-Pope". A wonderfully produced album with lots of little surprises hidden between the grooves. The CD features several bonus tracks including the Love Song B-side "Suicide", a very psychadelic version of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and it's fantastic B-side "Rabid Over You" which came out inbetween "Machine Gun Etiquette" and its follow up "The Black Album". The core threesome of Dave Vanian (vocals), Captain Sensible (guitar), and Rat Scabies (drums) is joined by one time Saints bassist Aleister "Algy" Ward. The highlight from the highly destructive wild ride of England's greatest punk rock band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2007
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This album is supremely perfect. Every song is addicting and is soaked with highly energetic and bounchy rhythms and beats. I personally really love "Looking at You", "Plan 9, Channel 7", "Liar", "These Hands", and "Smash it Up Pts. 1&2" However all the songs on this album are worthy enough to listen to about a thousand times each, that may be an exaggeration (one truely might get tired of listening to a song that many times), but with this album, I sincerely doubt it's possible to get tired of it. If you are just recently figuring out of you like the Damned or not, give this album a listen and i'm sure you will love it. If not, then maybe this kind of music just isn't for you.

This album is perfect and I love it to death. One of the great ones, this is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 1999
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Having survived losing their main riff-master Bryan James, the band reorganised themselves with Captain Sensible stepping up to handle the guitar parts. And how. This album has all the ingredients of a classic band in the making. In a similar vein as the Clash, the Damned on this album came clean with their influences - not just 60s garage rock but psychadelia, pop, and even a pastiche of stadium guitar megarock. The result is a bizarre cocktail that unveils more on each listen. Great production, top tunes - and riddled right through with the Damned's wicked sense of humor. Machine Gun Etiquette truely captures a band at their peak. It's definately in my top 10 albums of all time - and should be in yours. You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2004
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Bought this on German Chiswick vinyl '84....It changed my life....have had many versions throughout the years on cd and vinyl(still have my wall of punk vinyl thanks)....The 25th Anniversary release does this amazing record justice, sounds great.... near to vinyl warmth...bonus tracks are cool, alt. versions ok, not essential to these ears.....maybe back in '84-'86 I'd flip over them.....now I just want to hear the album versions.....The Damned came back from their breakup w/ both barrels screaming w/ MGE...Metal/Punk/Pop...genius!!! Can't Wait for the Black Album, their masterpiece, to be remastered for its' 25 Anniversary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2005
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This is a great album from a great band. If you have not heard it you are missing something quite special. I suppose back in the 80's a lot of us fell victim to punk dogmas and wrote this band off, just shows how unfree we all were, a sign of conformity. But looking back this one has some enduring qualities that make it stand out. This 25th anniversary edition has some extras that almost compensate for the cost, not as good value as the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, but worth putting in your collection. I think that this is the best of the first 5 LP's but I must admit I have not listened to anything by The Damned after Strawberries LP. The tracks that really stand out to me are the ones that were on the original and so I do not think any of the extras trump what was on it, although there is a cover of an old song by The Sweet, Ballroom Blitz, that rips arse. Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Smash it Up parts 1+2 and I suppose Noise, Noise, Noise are the tracks that really stand out - but what can I say about them... So, yeah, its good, buy it if you can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
JUST BUY IT!

However...machine gun etiquette isn't that our newest fad in the U.S.?

Anyway, this a superb album it is gutsy noisy and you never tire of it. I am glad they came up with this remastered version because not only was mine all smashed up, lost, or stolen.

These guys were the coolest punks, and their songs some of the most memorable ones. The lyrics touch on relevant issues that were pertinent if they related to you in some form in the past. Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing, especially if you can look back and laugh, remembering that dim kid that wore the dog collar, and how everyone wanted to be so cool they ripped their nylons and smeared their eyeliner.

Some things change but not much since the title says a lot.

Favorites are: All, but these are the coolest,

I just can't be happy today

Anti-Pope

Smash it up

Noise noise noise

Liar

Suicide

ENJOY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2004
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As the name implies, this album is like getting riddled full of bullet holes, but you don't really mind because the culprit does it with class and style and charms you to death first. The Damned had refined their punk onslaught on this platter, mixing bombastic rat-a-tat punk with sing-along melodies, psychedelic organ, and ambitious song structures. The Damned sound as nihilistic as any of their contemporaries on this album, but you have to give them the edge: whereas the Clash sounded like they want to take over the world with their political rhetoric, the Damned sound like the world's exploding, and they're the evil clowns hired to entertain at our last big shindig. This could be the single best punk album to come out of the 70's... absolutely smashing. Standout tracks include "I Just Can't Be Happy Today", "Love Song", "Machine Gun Etiquette".
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