Rat Scabies and David Vanian head back to the studio to record some new tunes.
Aug 13, 2009
Not of this Earth was the U.S. version of the English release of the Damned's I'm All right Jack and the Beanstalk. This disc has four versions floating around (The Japanese release is reshuffled with a hidden track and a the sounds of a laughing clown and a washing machine!) the official release has a lot of multimedia options (three videos, scores of printable photos, lyrics and a game!) The U.S. version was titled Not of this Earth and it has none of these on it. A re-released version has several live tracks from this era.
The album was from the time period when The Damned made the rounds in pubs and small amphitheaters. David Vanian and Rat Scabies were the only original members left. They were augmented by Kris Dollimore, Allen Lee Shaw, Moose and David Allen. Allen Lee Shaw wrote all of the music (with drumming arrangements by Rat). According to David Vanian and others, the album was only meant to be a demo one and he refused to release it as The Damned (that's way David's vocals are very pedestrian. Allen Lee Shaw left the band during the "recording" of the tracks. Prokofiev was a track that Brian James and Rat worked on when he briefly came back to the band. Glen Matlock plays bass on a couple of the tracks when Moose was "unavailable". Despite the lackluster vocals and music, David was unable to block the album's release and it hit the market (first in Japan then in Europe).
The U.S. release is a bare bones deal. Just the over produced songs with cheesy lyrics. They sound like a hard rocking pub band. This proved too much for Scabies and Vanian. The two split for good when Captain Sensible and Paul Gray rejoined The Damned.
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A studio album from The Damned. Recorded in the mid nineties mostly by Rat Scabies and the hired guns of Kris Dollimore (The Godfathers), Moose (New Model Army) Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) Brian James (former Damned guitarist) and Alan Lee Shaw. Vocals were later added by David Vanian.