The DAMNED – ” Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead “

Posted: August 31, 2020 in MUSIC
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Director Wes Orshoski followed up his great Lemmy documentary with this funny, bittersweet, all-access look at iconic punk group The Damned, from their origins through the current line up of the band featuring Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible. Shot over a three-year period, “Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead” is, like The Damned themselves, supremely entertaining, with mountains of archival footage and new interviews with estranged members Brian James and Rat Scabies, plus Lemmy, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd (who produced their second album, Music for Pleasure), Mick Jones of The Clash, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, DJ/filmmaker/musician Don Letts, Buzzcocks’ Steve Diggle, Dead Kennedys’ founder Jello Biafra, Fred Armisen, Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, Ian MacKaye and many more. The real star of the film is Sensible whose charm and sense of humour hasn’t dulled over the last 40 years.

Official trailer for the film THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, the authorized documentary of the punk pioneers. Directed/produced by Wes Orshoski (co-director/producer of “LEMMY”), the film features all four original members of the Damned (Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian, Brian James and Rat Scabies), Shot around the world over the past four years, the film makes its debut at SXSW in March 2015. The third prong in the holy trinity of UK punk, with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, The Damned were the first U.K. punks to release a single (“New Rose”) and album (“Damned Damned Damned”), and the first to tour the U.S. Having logged hits in the punk, new wave and goth eras, they are one of the only surviving bands from punk’s first wave.

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