The Damned

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2001 (The 2002 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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New Rose (1976)

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Will The Damned be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


19 comments so far (post your own)

Alongwith their lack of US commercial success, I believe The Damned's regular line-up shifts and inconsistency in the studio will lock them out.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 12:23pm

On the other hand, they were a punk band, which almost guarantees that they will be inducted.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 16:49pm

Their line-up may have varied over their 32 years, but their MUSIC remained strong and relevant, album after album. Although there's no denying the Sex Pistols were extremely influencial...they only released ONE album! The Damned have released NINE! All classics in their genre. Is "US Commercial success" the guage by which we judge classic and influential music? NO! The Damned deserve to be inducted, (although they don't give a shit weather they are or not). They are responsible for a number of "firsts". First so-called "punk rock" record, first punk band to tour America, and many more. The Damned are legendary and have never gotten their just deserves. They are the Beatles of punk rock and out-cool every other band by being semi esoteric. If it were up to me, The Damned, The Stranglers, The Buzzcocks, and XTC would ALL be inducted before the likes of John Mellencamp or ANY rap/hip-hop group.

Posted by Kram Ufflernot on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 17:07pm

"On the other hand, they were a punk band, which almost guarantees that they will be inducted." - A metal tribute to The Smiths

Which would be why they've been out since '01. Don't bother with the now-clichéd "Da Hall h8s metal and loves da punks" argument.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:18pm

I at least would have spelled it right.

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:56pm

If you would care to make an actual argument, instead of correcting my intentional spelling-errors...

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:03pm

Sense of humour, liam.

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:11pm

No, I just decided that I was above turning every thread into an unfunny game of witty-comment-tennis.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:26pm

Oh you're no fun anymore.

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:28pm

Just shows what Bon Jovi's "music" can do to people, I guess.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:34pm

What's with you and Bon Jovi all of a sudden?

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 14:38pm

Metalsmith -ask him about Rush.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 14:33pm

and what's up with him and Rush?:)

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 20:10pm

I have "The Black Album" in mp3 format; excellent work. I'm not sure whether they belong, but the fact that they were the first British punk band (unless you think it's The Who) has to count for something.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 18:03pm

I've changed my mind. They are kind of a toss-up, but I'm leaning towards them being in, so I'm pulling for them, even though it'll never happen. I'd also like to get on the soapbox for a minute. I keep hearing about the deserving indie bands will be recognized. I read one comment on Rolling Stone that said "Nominating KISS and and RHCP are complete PR moves, the Hall knows the indie bands are much more worthy." Even more grating are piles of wank like this:

"On the other hand, they were a punk band, which almost guarantees that they will be inducted." - Metalsmith

Feeling confident that indie will be properly recognized is absolute nonsense at this point. The Cure have gone without being nominated for seven years. Joy Division and Gang of Four haven't even being considered for seven. The Damned and The Buzzcocks have been not considered for nine (!) and eight years respectively. New Order, The Replacements* and Husker Du* have been completely ignored for four years. Sonic Youth# have been ignored for three. The Smiths*, one of the most critically acclaimed bands of all time, have not even crossed the Committee's minds yet! This year Stone Roses and Happy Mondays are eligible, to name just two, and will probably be doomed by unstable careers and lack of Stateside success. If things change this year or next year I'll be overjoyed, but don't hold your breath. And for God's sake stop giving out stupid condescending remarks like Metalsmith's. Anyone who says something like that gets punched. Thank you.

*I'm not really a fan. #Not really listened to, but I still recognize the truth.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 06.28.10 @ 21:03pm

Following GFW's way of doing business:

Innovation: They have been referred to as frontrunners of goth, and they've incorporated all sorts of styles into their music, namely psychedelic rock, cabaret, garage rock and used the theatrical style (far from the first to employ theatrics, but still). So that's a yes on innovation:

Influence: As the so-called "first gothic punk band," that speaks for itself, so yes.

Sales: 3 Silver albums

Verdict: Yes, they belong.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.27.11 @ 07:40am

To add numbers to the above:

Innovation: See my point above. 20

Influence: See my point above. 20

Critical Acclaim: Up and down, really. Depends on the album in question. 10

Commercial Success: See my point above. To add, limited success in the U.S. so that hurts their chances. 5

Total: 55

Conclusion: Hmmm. Looks like I'm going to have to change my original verdict a bit. The Hall could use them, but they aren't a priority. They'd be a shoe-in for a Punk Hall of Fame, however.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 11:57am

I might be interviewing these guys on Saturday, I'm really excited about that!

Posted by Ryan on Thursday, 10.23.14 @ 18:30pm

Saw these guys in Louisville at Mercury Ballroom. About 300 there for a great show. Had 2 other bands before them, Vice Tricks & Bleached (check out Bleached. Nice pop/rock band).

Turns out it was Captain Sensible's birthday & thus he was in rare form. I'm not that up on their songs, but crowd sure loved them. They did finish up with 'Smash It Up'.

The crowd was very eclectically dressed & some of them were looking 'steam punk'. They were fans of Dave Vanian, who came out dressed like he was going to Oscar Wilde's funeral.

Definite Hall candidates.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 04.25.17 @ 19:18pm

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