Music for Pleasure was the Damned's follow up to the surprise success of Damned, Damned, Damned. Instead of repeating themselves, they decided to go into a new direction. There was a struggle within the band, Brian James wanted to write all of the songs whilst the other band members wanted to write some tracks of their own. James brought in Lu Edmonds (guitar) to add a dual guitar attack. A truce of sorts was made when James allowed the band to co-write some of the new songs as the band went into the studio to record.
The title was taken from a budget comp. disc and the album cover was designed by Barney Bubbles. If you look closely it's a portrait of the band. The songs were supposed to be psychedelic in nature but they turned out resembling Stooges' clones. James was a huge fan of the late band and he even added a saxophone (Lol Coxhill) on a couple of the tracks giving the album an even more Stooges' sound. The songs are short and to the point with some catchy lyrics and beat. But the twin guitar sonic attack is not apparent on the album. I wished the album had a better producer than Nick Mason because he obviously didn't capture the live feel of the band.
To pad out the CD release Help, Sick of Being Sick and Sing-a-long-a-Scabies were added.
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