Billy Bad Breaks
Editors’ Notes The Friday the 13th EP represents a great moment in The Damned's history. Featuring The Black Album version of the band—Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies, and Paul Gray—it was recorded after that album and before the 1982 full-length Strawberries. As a one-off for the NEMS label, the EP has sat in contractual limbo for years, with the actual EP disappearing and its tracks showing up as "bonus" cuts, usually in live versions. "Disco Man" is arguably the funniest thing The Damned ever cut, while the cover of The Rolling Stones' underrated "Citadel" from Their Satanic Majesties Request provides The Damned with just the right touch of psychedelia to add to its continual branching out. "Limit Club" shows off both The Damned's garage rock roots (best pursued under the pseudonym Naz Nomad & The Nightmares) and its move toward goth territory. "Billy Bad Breaks," led by Gray's bass, provides another moment of upbeat power and catchy pop.