Song of the Day, April 14: Anti-Pope by the Damned

the-damned-antipopeToday’s song is a bit of campy social commentary. When they re-formed for their third album, Machine Gun Etiquette, the Damned mixed their punk energy with a sense of fun and a broader sonic palette.

One of the standout tracks is Anti-Pope, a title that fits nicely with the name of the band. Singer Dave Vanian makes the most of it, spinning a scathing diatribe against blind adherence and hypocrisy while leavening it with a cheeky sense of humor. He opens with his intent to go back to church, just like when he was a child, but this time he’s going to nick the collection plate. The chorus is a searing blast of energy that has no patience for the pious-on-Sunday crowd.

I’ve got nothing against church
Or any people who go there and show they’re
Plain ignorant and don’t understand
A congregation at weekends won’t change their behaviour

Going back to church has made him “anti-pope,” a nice play on words. More verse of quirky observations follow, each anchored by the impatient chorus. It’s a smart construction, and the band roar through the whole proceeding with delightful energy.

Enjoy this smart bit of cynicism today.

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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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