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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Give Daddy The Knife Cindy - Naz Nomad & the Nightmares (1984)

 Give Daddy The Knife Cindy - Naz Nomad & the Nightmares
Big Beat
Produced by Herb Fenstein
Released 1984

You can listen to the Originals in the links below.
Side One
  A1  "Nobody But Me" – (The Human Beinz cover)
  A2  "Action Woman" – (The Litter cover)
  A3  "The Wind Blows Your Hair" – (The Seeds cover)
  A4  "Kicks" – (Paul Revere and the Raiders cover)
  A5  "Cold Turkey" – (Big Boy Pete cover)
  A6  "She Lied" – (Rockin' Ramrods cover)

Side Two
  B1  "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" – (The Electric Prunes cover)
  B2  "The Trip" – (Kim Fowley cover)
  B3  "I Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye" – (The Others cover)
  B4  "I Can Only Give You Everything" – (Them cover)
  B5  "(Do You Know) I Know"
  B6  "Just Call Me Sky"

Who Were Naz Nomad & the Nightmares?
Dave Vanian as Naz Nomad – vocals
Roman Jugg as Sphinx Svenson – guitars; also as Ulla – keyboards
Rat Scabies as Nick Detroit – drums
Bryn Merrick as Buddy Lee Junior – bass
Donagh O'Leary as Pretty Boy Padovani for 1992 live performances

Single on Give Daddy The Knife Cindy
 Big Beat 
Released 23rd March 1984

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

Cold Turkey

In 1982 The Damned had released their Strawberries album on Bronze Records (their only album for the label). Captain Sensible had, by hook and by crook no doubt, become a "credible" solo artist making it to #1 for two weeks with his take on Happy Talk backed by Dolly Mixture! He was on the Strawberries album, though he would leave the band to focus on his Solo career after the tour had finished and played his "final show" (at least for a couple of years) at Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, London on 4th August 1984.

He did appear on the Thanks For The Night single before his departure and that was released in May 1984 and also on their performance as part of The Young Ones series for the BBC playing Nasty.

Inbetween Strawberries, Thanks For The Night and Captain's solo commitments, the remaining members of The Damned continued to make music under the banner of Naz Nomad & the Nightmares and they would release a one-off album and single on Big Beat Records that featured Cover Versions of 1960s Garage Rock songs as well as two originals.

One of things I really love about an album like this is that it leads you back to some amazing music that's maybe not as well known as it should be. I can remember years before hearing some of those Pebbles albums and thinking that there was so much cool music around when the likes of The Beatles and the Stones were tearing up the charts that seemed to go totally unnoticed (not everything on those albums was brilliant by the way, some of it is a bit too trippy for my tastes).

Naz Nomad & the Nightmares did a great job of bringing these songs up-to-date and giving them a fresh lease of life. I sure that many of the writers would have been thrilled to see their labour twenty odd years later still being performed.

The way the album looked was to give a bit of a 60s feel as a "soundtrack" to a fictious low budget horror movie with actors names on the front cover, along with Director and Producer.

It was fun sitting down and listening to this one again (it's been a long time!). Ever since it was first released in 1984 I've sought out many Garage Rock Collections for myself and it's always a delight when you find tracks that really blow you away by some "unknown Garage band" that were originally released on small labels in the States and beyond.

The year following this album The Damned (minus Captain Sensible) signed with MCA Records and would enjoy a new bout of success with the Phantasmagoria album and some hit singles from it including Grimly Fiendish, Shadow of Love and Is It A Dream.
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