Damned, The: Live Live Live in London 2002 Tiki Nightmare: DVD

Aug 22, 2013

I consider The Damned a can’t-miss live band. If they come anywhere near me, I’m going to see them. Even this many decades into their career, they put on a killer live show, as demonstrated on this DVD. They blast through all the hits, including my personal favorite, “Wait for the Blackout,” as well as a handful of tunes from the new-at-the-time Grave Disorder album, which blend in well. Just to keep things weird, there’s a break for Captain Sensible to sing his hit single, a cover of the show tune “Happy Time,” originally from the musical South Pacific. There’s a guy in a monkey suit playing drums, a goofy tiki-themed volcanic backdrop, and Hawaiian dancers. The sound is great and it’s professionally shot. At the end, Captain Sensible wishes the crowd goodnight by saying, “I’m going up to the VIP bar to drink champagne. Hope you don’t miss the last bus home.”