The Damned – Life Goes On (1982)

So this was supposedly the inspiration Killing Joke’s “Eighties,” released 1985, which itself was the admitted direct inspiration for Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” The similar guitar riff is immediately noticeable in each song; and yet, each song is outstanding and unique on its own. Nirvana’s channels ennui and a dreamy droneniness; Killing Joke’s is more immediate, austere, arena-friendly agitprop; whereas the root is The Damned’s serene, introspective, melodic respite. A beautiful post-punk pine tree growing through the ages.

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