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The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015)

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A history of the influential English punk band The Damned from their inception in 1976 through to 2015.

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Wes Orshoski

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Wes Orshoski
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Credited cast:
Gaye Advert Gaye Advert ... Herself
Fred Armisen ... Himself
Roger Armstrong Roger Armstrong
Jimmy Ashhurst Jimmy Ashhurst
Jello Biafra
Clem Burke ... Himself
Jean-Jacques Burnel Jean-Jacques Burnel
Tim Devine Tim Devine
Steve Diggle Steve Diggle ... Himself
Craig Duffy Craig Duffy
Lu Edmonds Lu Edmonds ... Himself
Alan Edwards Alan Edwards
David Gahan
Kenneth Goddard Kenneth Goddard
Paul Gray Paul Gray ... Himself
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From 'Lemmy' co-director/producer Wes Orshoski comes the first ever film about the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first of the UK punk bands to release a single, album and the first to tour America. This authorized film includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns N Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, the Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the world over the past three years, it tells the story of the band's complex history, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer. The film gets up close and personal with Damned founders Rat Scabies, Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, and Brian James as it tells the story of one of the most criminally ignored acts in music history. File under: Vampiric, Absurdist, Psychedelic, Gnarled, Authentic, Influential, Energetic, Original, Uncompromising, Defiant, Trailblazing, Snotty...

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Country:

USA

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English

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17 September 2016 (Japan) See more »

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Three Count Films See more »
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"Don't you wish that we were dead." Is a verse from their song "Machine Gun Etiquette" off the album of the same name. See more »

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First class documentary
28 September 2017 | by goldgreenSee all my reviews

I watched this as a fan of punk and a fan of rock documentaries. I was never completely sold on the Damned, more of a Pistols fan, but I was interested in the people behind the publicity photos, behind the rock image, the stories they had to tell. This film delivers all of that a little too powerfully at times, as while it makes its director look good, it makes the group look a little sorry. Brian James and Rat Scabies come across as broken old men, even if they have a great story to tell. Dave Vanian comes across as a good and loyal singer for the group who lacks the big personality to sell the group as well as Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer. Only Captain Sensible really seems to have improved with age. We see him as cheerful, personable with fans, a better front man than Dave Vanian, a great guitarist. Again, you wonder at his loyalty to the group. As a viewer you want the film to have a happy ending, for the group to get their million dollar cheque, but it never arrives.


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