Though the Sex Pistols became the most publicised of all the original London punk groups, it was the Damned who scored some of the most notable ‘firsts’ of the movement, particularly the first U.K. punk single — “New Rose” — in 1976 and the first album, Damned Damned Damned, the following year. Produced by Nick Lowe (Elvis Costello, Pretenders), both were clipped, direct explosions of sheer energy, sometimes rude but never less than entertaining.

Now guess what? You’re in with a chance to be rudely entertained yourself at Melbourne’s Billboard venue on Friday January 20. For free, no less! We’ve got two double passes to fling your way and next Friday night’s the night so get busy on the entry form and hope to hell you get those golden tickets.

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