Song of the Day, April 21: I Just Can’t Be Happy Today by the Damned

DamnedHappyToday’s song is I Just Can’t Be Happy Today from the Damned’s brilliant third album, Machine Gun Etiquette. One of the earliest and most successful British punk bands, they mixed a proto-Goth aesthetic with punk attitude and a strange sense of fun. The whole package made them one of the most interesting bands of the period and ensured a legacy that often defies easy categorization.

This single is classic Damned. Dave Vanian singsin  a tragic deadpan as he lists a series of tragedies of modern life that inhibit his happiness. Nearly campy but with a serious undertone, it’s a demand that we find ways to succeed despite the systems that entrap and oppress us. It also manages to be great fun. That’s the Damned.

Enjoy this great slice of British punk today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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