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With just one spoken line, a thunderous drum beat and a thoroughly recognisable scuzzy riff, The Damned turned themselves into punk legends when New Rose was released in 1976, even if they’ve become somewhat overshadowed in the mainstream by The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones. Just a little under forty years later, an American called Wes Orshoski decided to make a documentary about them. And if the trailer is anything to go by, with its intro containing some rather choice language directed at Orshoski and his crew, The Damned still haven’t lost any of the punk ethos that ran through their veins nearly half a century ago.

Orshoski’s film The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead – which is getting a one-off screening at the Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 11th June – charts the band’s complex history, including a lot of infighting, and features appearances from all four of The Damned themselves: Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian, Brian James and Rat Scabies. There’s also insights from members of Pink Floyd, The Buzzcocks, Black Flag, Buzzcocks and The Clash. It’s set to be an amazing insight into one of the country’s most pioneering punk groups, one that no true music lover should miss.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead comes to the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Thursday 11th June.

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