Song of the Day, September 28: These Hands by the Damned

DamnedHandsToday’s song is a bit of gruesome fun from punk clown princes the Damned. When the band reunited to record Machine Gun Etiquette, they reconfigured a bit and came up with their classic lineup and sound. Blending punk energy with proto-goth trappings, solid musical chops, and smart lyrics, they created a new standard for the fragmenting punk movement. In barely two minutes, These Hands sums up much of the band’s new vision in a bizarre, funny, scary snapshot.

The song is narrated by a homicidal clown, with Dave Vanian providing his best deadpan delivery. Demented keyboard work lurches behind the tale, demonstrating just how awry things in this circus have gone. It’s a fun construction, delivered with skill and humor.

Enjoy this lovely oddity 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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