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The Damned/The Adverts/Motorhead: The Roundhouse, London

Jon Savage, Sounds, 30 April 1977

I FIRST saw the Damned at the Roundhouse last November. Shortly after the release of 'New Rose'. Although the 45 had been successful the set wasn't too hot – fresh from the clubs, the band couldn't fill the half-empty hall with their presence. The playing was ragged and the images of the four seemed to be pulling in different directions – I thought they were on the verge of splitting.

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